Primary School Teachers – please share your pros and cons

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have a bunch of friends who have just finished or are working on their elem edu degrees. They  have really enjoyed the classes and the work thus far! It is hard but they have thought it was worth it. My suggestion would be to finish the classes if you are already part way through, then you leave the option open if you decide to want to teach or do the cakes. 


Post # 4
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m a primary teacher, taught in NZ, then taught English in Japan, and now moving on to (hopefully) teach elementary in the US

Pros: Fun, can be very stimulating to keep studying education (learning about development etc), good vacation, not chained ot a desk.

And heck, having a child learn something they couldn’t previously or be excited about something new is fantastic!

Cons: Very long hours during term time, you are a political scapegoat, little respect, negative and detrimental effects of “education reform” on your ability to offer quality teaching etc.

Post # 5
2581 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

I finished my qualification in 2010, and never went into teaching. And I don’t regret it at all.

I had a bit of a rotten time during my training, but I felt like I was being watched all the time, the hours expected were ridiculous, and the in-fighting in teams, and the paperwork, was all awful.

Would it be nice to be earning a bit more money? Yes. BUT I’m nowhere near as stressed or anxious as I was during my PGCE, I have more free time, and more flexibility with my holidays – which saves me money!

Of my group of twelve friends who did the PGCE, one dropped out in the final placement, and two others have since quit teaching. So that’s 1/3 of the group no longer there! But I think we all had bad experiences, and it really comes down to the luck of the draw in the end.

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