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Primary Teacher | Jobs in New Zealand

Primary Teacher

Primary School Teacher is on the Green List of New Zealand.  


Primary school teachers must complete at least four years of tertiary study programmes such as:


  • A Bachelor of Education for primary schools.
  • Some also complete a combined degree like a Bachelor of Arts and combine it with a Bachelor of Education.
  • Other undergraduate degrees is accepted but you need to complete the accredited teacher training programme.
  • Postgraduate degrees: if you have an undergraduate degree in a different field, you can go for a graduate entry degree like a masters in teaching and specialise in primary education.
    work experience and registration: most universities have scheduled work placements as you complete your bachelors degree to improve your skills and help you gain work experience. To teach in New Zealand, you must register with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa.
  • Primary teacher skills and competencies

Some of the qualities of a primary school teacher include:


  • Organisation skills: as a primary school teacher, your job involves evaluating and assessing various students. You need organisational skills to keep your work schedules and records organised. Being organised helps you provide personalised attention to every student since you can keep track of their performance.
  • Friendly and approachable demeanour: a primary school teacher needs to be friendly and approachable to create a conducive learning environment for pupils. When you are friendly, students can ask questions without reservation and share their challenges.
  • Communication skills: as a primary school teacher, you rely on communication skills to build a rapport with students and impart knowledge in various subjects. When you are a good communicator, you can explain difficult concepts in simple terms.
  • Enthusiasm and motivation: as a primary school teacher, you need to be enthusiastic about the subject you are teaching to build student interest. You also require motivational skills to encourage students to do better.



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