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Teacher - Primary School

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€31k > 60 
Primary School Teacher
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€31 - 60 
Related Information:
New teachers currently start on a salary of 30,702. From September 2016, this will increase by 796 to a total of 31,498 and again in September 2017 by 796 to 32,294.
Data Source(s):
I.N.T.O.

Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Primary & Nursery Teachers

Also included in this category:

Primary and nursery school teachers; deputy head teachers (primary school)

Number Employed:

39,500

Part time workers: 12%
Aged over 55: 7%
Male / Female: 10 / 90%
Non-Nationals: 2%
With Third Level: 96%
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At a Glance... header image

Prepares lessons and teaches young children in the first years of school.


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1Total Records: 4

Paul Meany
School Principal  
Paul completed his Leaving Cert in Marian College, Dublin, before going on to do a Degree in Botany and Maths in UCD. He decided to pursue his interest in Teaching and did his Higher Diploma in Education back in Marian College. Years later he applied for, and was successful in becoming Principal at that school.
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Deirdre Sayers
Primary School Teacher  

Deirdre Sayers is a National School Teacher working in Scoil Naomh Eoin, Baiste, Listóil, Co Chiarraí. She did a  B.Ed degree in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Her degree was in Education, Irish, Philosophy and History. She holds a post of responsibility in the school and teaches throughout the medium of Irish.

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Padraig Parle
Teacher - Special Needs  
Padraig Parle is working as a Special Needs Teacher in the Catherine McAuley school in Dublin.  He did a BA in Fine Art from DIT and followed this with a  H. DIP in Primary Education from the Froebel College of Education in Blackrock.  He teaches a class of nine children with a learning disabiltiy in the area of reading.
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Brian Cadigan
Primary School Teacher  
Brian Cadigan works as a National School Teacher at Scoil San Treasa in Dublin. He completed a Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He is a committed teacher and is involved in sports training alongside his classroom work. His school camogie and hurling teams reached four Cumann na mBunscoil finals and won two of them.
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The Work header image

Teachers at primary level generally teach all areas of the primary curriculum and are generalist rather than specialist teachers, as the primary curriculum is an integrated curriculum. They have a large responsibility of the class and with their teaching techniques.  
 
Out of school hours they are expected to prepare lessons, and keep up with new developments in specific subjects or in education as a whole. Teaching can be a quite stressful job but also quite rewarding.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.

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Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.

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Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

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Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.

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Demonstrate activities to children.

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Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.

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Read books to entire classes or to small groups.

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Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.

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Prepare materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.

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Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Teachers do not merely need good academic ability; they must be able to communicate their knowledge clearly and in an interesting fashion. They must also be able to establish a good relationship with their pupils and be prepared to take on considerable responsibility.  
 
Infinite patience and a sense of humour are great assets.


Entry Routesheader image

There are two entry routes to primary school teaching - The Bachelor of Education Programme and the Post-Graduate route.

  • Bachelor of Education Programme

A full-time course leading to a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree is held in each of the state funded Colleges of Education for primary teachers (See list below).

Persons who successfully complete the course may be registered by the Teaching Council.

Where Can I Study ?

There are five state funded Colleges of Education which offer primary initial teacher education courses which are recognised by the Teaching Council for primary teaching:

Institution Web Address
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin  www.mie.ie 
Mary Immaculate College Limerick www.mic.ul.ie 
St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin  www.spd.dcu.ie 
The Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, Dublin  www.cice.ie 
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching

To view the entry requirements to the most recent Bachelor of Education and post-graduate courses click on the following links:

Entry Requirement CAO 2014

Entry Requirement Post Grad 2014 [pdf]

Entry Requirements Mature Students 2014 [pdf]]

Full details of Teacher Training from the Department of Education & Skills, together with Irish Language Requirements are available here.

  • Post-Graduate Route

Certain Colleges of Education also offer a two-year* post-graduate Professional Masters in Education:

- Mary Immaculate College - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Details

- St Patrick's College, Drumcondra - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Details

- Marino Institute of Education - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Details

(* This programme replaces the 18 month Graduate Diploma in Education and is two-years in duration from September 2014).

Certain prior academic qualifications are required for entry - see individual course details.

In addition, an on-line Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education, accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), is provided by Hibernia College. Hibernia College is a privately-owned, non-state-funded, company. This is a part-time blended learning course which takes place over 2 years and the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of primary teaching.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
  Address: Marlborough St, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 889 6400
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
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Organisation: Irish National Teachers Organisation
  Address: 35 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
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Organisation: St. Patrick's College of Education
  Address: Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 884 2000
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Organisation: The Teaching Council
  Address: Block A, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth Co. Kildare
  Tel: (01) 651 7900
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Organisation: Primary Administration Section
  Address: Department of Education and Science, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  Tel: (090) 648 3600
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