What makes a great primary school teacher?

Primary school teachers carry a lot of responsibility – helping to shape the future of the next generation of young people by setting them up with the building blocks for the rest of their lives.

Children of all backgrounds need to be inspired to be able to read and write and it’s up to primary teachers to unlock the ability in every young pupil, not matter how able.

Some people have an inherent ability to be able to provide the inspiration children need.

This isn’t necessarily about academic ability – although 96.6 per cent of teachers have a qualification at degree level or higher – rather it’s about the skills and characters traits needed to be able to command the attention of a classroom of children and impart vital knowledge.

A big part of that is being able to understand how young people view the world in order to expand their horizons.

Doug Lemov, author of the bestselling book Teach Like A Champion, told the TES: “I think that one of the things that great teachers have is that they’re constantly thinking about the experience of the classroom through their students’ eyes. One of the techniques I understand much better now than I did in the first book is ‘double plan’. What great teachers do is plan what they’ll be doing but also what their kids will be doing.”

If a teacher can not understand the outlook of all of their pupils, right across the ability spectrum, then they’re on to a winner.

There are many more key characteristics that make up a great primary school teacher too. These vary from having the stamina to cope with a heavy workload of marking and planning through to having eyes in the back of their heads to keep an eye on any pupils who might wish to misbehave.

Recruitment expert EduStaff has drawn up this infographic, showing a dozen aspects that make up a typical primary school teacher – from the serious to the fun – to help people understand what it takes to teach.

Provided by Edustaff

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October 4, 2016

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