Primary and nursery education teaching professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Mistress, head, assistant (nursery school)
Teacher (primary school)
Teacher, head, deputy (nursery school)
Head, deputy (primary school)
Mistress, head, deputy (nursery school)
Teacher, school, primary
Coordinator, stage, foundation
Teacher, infant
Head, assistant (primary school)
Teacher (kindergarten)
Master (primary school)
Teacher, nursery
Teacher, school, junior
Teacher (junior school)
Mistress, house (nursery school)
Teacher, dance (primary school)
Mistress, school (primary school)
Teacher, music (primary school)
Instructor (primary school)
Master (nursery school)
Pedagogue, centre, children's
Monk (primary school:
Teacher, head, deputy (primary school)
Teacher, dancing (primary school)
Teacher, pre-school
Mistress (nursery school)
Mistress (primary school)
Master, house (nursery school)
Head, assistant (nursery school)
Master, house (primary school)
Lecturer, dance (primary school)
Teacher, primary
Teacher, head, assistant (primary school)
Mistress, head, assistant (primary school)
Mistress, house (primary school)
Nun (primary school:
Teacher, head, assistant (nursery school)
Master, school (primary school)
Consultant, stage, foundation
Master, head, assistant (nursery school)
Head, deputy (nursery school)
Teacher, years, early
Instructor (nursery school)
Master, head, deputy (nursery school)
Master, head, deputy (primary school)
Master, head, assistant (primary school)
Teacher, school, preparatory
Master, school (nursery school)
Teacher (nursery school)
Mistress, head, deputy (primary school)
Teacher, school, nursery
Mistress, school (nursery school)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.