Any teacher will tell you that teaching is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle. You are a crucial part of your student’s lives and are responsible for how they approach your subject and the world as they grow and develop. Check out more reasons to make primary education your path:

Live your passion

They say that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. While that may not be true for everyone, teachers have the rare opportunity to use what they’re passionate about to make a living.

Climb the ladder

Teaching is never short of opportunities to progress, from heads of department to headteachers. There is a very well-defined path to follow in your career, whether you want to take on more responsibility or step back from teaching to a more administrative approach to education. This transparency and clear way forward are not something that most people start their careers with.

Become a leader

A good teacher can change lives. For some children, you may be their only positive adult role model, and those children will remember you for the rest of their lives. Be instrumental in the development of kind, well-rounded individuals. Make a real difference.

Embrace your creativity

Children are an endless well of energy and ideas, and as a primary school teacher, you are challenged with funnelling that into learning. School is about more than preparing for exams, it’s also about growing up, making friends and having fun while you learn. You get to channel your imagination into making this possible. No day is the same – being a primary school teacher is far from boring.

Train with confidence

There are a lot of benefits to becoming a teacher, from a £30k minimum starting salary (source) to a reduced timetable and a mentor for your first two years of teaching. There’ll always be a need for teachers, so your career is future-proof, something not a lot of jobs can offer these days. Also, whether you have a family or you’re planning for one, teaching is a family-friendly job. You have the same holidays as your children, and you can be there to pick them up at night.

By Steph Gardner.