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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Primary School Teacher

Primary School Teacher


Primary School teachers facilitate learning for young children by establishing a teacher-student relationship with pupils within the classroom environment to stimulate academic development. Teachers produce lesson plans and work based on the national curriculum and need to engage with their pupils, and therefore, they have to be creative when developing schemes of learning.  A primary teacher has to teach all aspects of the primary curriculum, take responsibility for the progress of the class, plan and prepare lessons.

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Primary School Teacher

Things to Consider:

Teaching is a rewarding career as a Teacher is able to see the development of their class. Furthermore, working with young people can be fun especially if you have the enthusiasm and ability to engage with them.

The SSAS 3001 module, ‘An Introduction to Teaching: The Ambassador Scheme in Social Sciences', will enhance the skills and knowledge about the world of teaching for successful applicants to the module. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work within a school during term time. Third year Social Sciences Students can apply to take this module.

Read more about the SSAS 3001 Module. Also, visit the links at the bottom of the page for written and video accounts about previous student's experiences with the module.

Working with young people can be fun but it can also be frustrating. The ability to remain calm and act appropriately is crucial. Teachers are role models for their pupils, and therefore, they have to be careful of their actions because at young ages children can be very impressionable.

Relevant qualifications to become a primary school teacher such as QTS or PGCE, as mentioned above, will need to be gained in order to become a primary school teacher.

Read more about the University of Southamptons PGCE programme .

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Our Graduates:

Lucy Clarke - SSAS 3001 Module, BSc Applied Social Sciences. Year of Graduation 2013.

Adam Higgins - SSAS 3001 Module, BSc Population and Geography. Year of Graduation 2013

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