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Summary of occupation

Primary school teachers educate children between the ages of five and twelve in Western Australia. They plan and conduct educational programs that assist in the intellectual, physical and social growth of children, and aid the development of their literacy, numeracy and other academic skills. They prepare daily lesson plans that fit within wider curriculum requirements, and teach a wide range of subject areas including mathematics, English, science and technology, society and environment, health, creative arts and physical education. Primary school teachers are needed all over the state - from our busy urban areas to rural and regional centres and towns to remote communities in isolated areas.

ANZSCO description: Teaches and coordinates a range of subjects  within a prescribed curriculum to primary school students.  Registration or licensing is required.
Alternative names:
Specialisations: Primary School Teacher-Librarian
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A primary school teacher needs:

  • to enjoy working with children
  • a friendly and personable demeanor
  • patience and tolerance
  • organisational skills
  • leadership and motivational skills
  • a supportive and caring nature
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Working conditions

Primary school teachers work in classrooms in primary schools, but may also undertake their duties in school libraries, administrative areas, outside in the playground or sports areas, and outside of school during excursions, field trips, sporting events or camps. Working conditions may be noisy or stressful. They usually work regular teaching hours, but are expected to work longer hours to plan and prepare lessons, mark work, and attend staff meetings or school events like fetes or graduation ceremonies.

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Salary details

On average, primary school teachers can expect to earn between $1 368 and $1 886 per week ($71 158 and $98 084 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

Primary school teachers use a range of educational resources such as white boards, workbooks and textbooks, audio-visual texts and equipment and a range of other teaching aids. They also use computers and other office equipment, and may also, depending on their role, use art and craft materials, musical instruments or sporting equipment.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a primary school teacher you usually need to complete an education degree majoring in primary education. Alternatively, you can study a degree in any area followed by the completion of a postgraduate qualification specialising in primary education.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

To work as a primary school teacher in Western Australia, you must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). You also need to hold a current Working With Children Check issued by the Department of Community Services, and undergo a National Police History Check conducted by the Department of Education Screening Unit. Contact the Department of Education for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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