£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£40,560 Average Salary
28 Average hours per week


Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

Main Tasks

  • Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of subjects;
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students’ progress;
  • Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations;
  • Maintains records of students’ progress and development;
  • Supervises students and maintains classroom discipline;
  • Teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development;
  • Undertakes pastoral duties;
  • Supervises teaching assistants and trainees;
  • Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals;
  • Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.


Entry is with a first degree that provides QTS (qualified teacher status) or, in Scotland, TQ (teaching qualification); or other relevant degree followed by further postgraduate training (most commonly PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education). Further and higher professional qualifications are required for some teaching posts.

What Primary and nursery education teaching professionals studied in higher education

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What Primary and nursery education teaching professionals studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(X9) Others in education1
(Q3) English studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(X1) Training teachers91
(C6) Sport & exercise science1

UK Prospects

472400 Workforce Size
4.34% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
60935 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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