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Primary School Education

Primary School Education

Primary School teaching is a popular profession. The path into primary teaching is highly structured. Prospective teachers will pursue a recognised primary teaching qualification, after which they will register with the Teaching Council.

Two routes to an appropriate qualification are either taking a four-year Bachelor of Education course or if you have taken a non-teaching undergraduate you may pursue the Professional Master of Education in Primary Teaching. This is a two year postgraduate course at the end of which you will be qualified as a primary teacher. Students planning on the postgraduate route often take an arts course at undergraduate, this allows them to study subjects related to what they will be teaching in primary schools. Although Primary teaching doesn’t demand the same type of specialisation that post primary teaching does.

Naturally, teachers need to be good with children and excellent communicators. Currently there is big demand for primary teachers, but that demand is forecast to decline as the population ages over the coming decades.

Occupations in Primary School Education
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Special Needs Assistant - SNA

Special needs assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Classroom Assistant

Classroom assistants work under the supervision of a qualified teacher to assist with classroom activities and learning programmes.

Teacher - Primary School

Prepares lessons and teaches young children in the first years of school from approximately age 5 to age 12.

Speech & Language Therapist

Treats and works with people who have speech impediments or language learning difficulties.