Teachers Primary / Secondary
In the UK, all children are expected by law to receive a full time education from the age of 5-16. The National Curriculum of England introduced in 1992 aims to make sure that pupils get a balanced education by stating the topics that should be taught and standards expected to be attained by pupils. They break these into Key Stages.
The Primary school is divided into three stages.
- Foundation Stage: Early years learning (age 3 to the end of Reception Year, which is pre- Year 1.)
- Key Stage 1: Years 1&2 (up to age 7).
- Key Stage 2: Years 3,4,5 and 6 (age 7- 11).
The job of the Primary school teacher is to devise schemes of work in line with the objectives of the National Curriculum. They are expected to produce termly, weekly and daily plans. They also build up a relationship with the pupils and learning resources.
Pupils will transfer from Primary to Secondary school at age 11. This is divided into two stages.
- Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 & 9 (age 11 -14).
- Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 (age 14 -16 or 19 in schools with a sixth form).
A Secondary Teacher teaches one or more National Curriculum subjects. All teachers will endeavour to encourage and motivate the pupils. They monitor and record each pupil’s progress and devise resources accordingly. They are expected to keep up to date with developments in their subject area and with changes in the National Curriculum, teaching methods and objectives. They liaise and network with other professionals, parents and carers informally and formally.
- Teaching Assistants
These assistants are commonly called TAs. Their job is to assist the teacher to help raise the educational standard in the classroom for the student and schools benefit. They support individual pupils with special needs, assessing their performance and they carry out routine general tasks.
- Nursery Nurse
Education under the age of five is not compulsory; a child does not have to attend Nursery school. A Nursery nurse would work with young children ranging from birth to around seven. Their role will include planning activities such as singing, arts and crafts, in order to encourage the children’s learning development. They also record the progress of the children.
- Special Needs Teacher
Their teaching is geared towards a specific teaching area. These could be in the following: physical disability, emotional difficulties, communication impairment and challenging behaviour.
All teaching positions are satisfying and rewarding as it is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to an individual child’s life.