Primary teaching jobs in the UK

With an expansive school network and expertise in education, we offer a bespoke career service for passionate primary teachers.

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Primary teaching jobs in the UK

With an expansive school network and expertise in education, we offer a bespoke career service for passionate primary teachers.

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Our recruitment experience in primary education jobs

Primary school teaching is a challenging yet highly rewarding vocation. There is a huge demand for KS1 and KS2 teachers, as well as those with SEND training and experience. The strong need for primary teachers means there are great prospects for daily supply, long term and permanent positions, along with upskilling and training opportunities. Whether you’re looking to teach in a small primary school, or as part of a large multi academy trust (MAT), we’ll match your specific career needs.  

Being so much more than a recruiter, we’ll provide ongoing careers support, training and wellbeing services to scaffold your primary teaching journey. You’ll get access to a free suite of online CPD training courses to support your career in education – all accessible from the seamless Hays app. The courses cover a multitude of relevant topics – from de-escalation techniques to SEND training – helping you keep up to date with education legislation and compliance, whilst also advancing your skills and knowledge. And for education professionals looking to quickly access the latest roles on the go, the Hays app has everything you need to find the right opportunity for you. 

With a deep understanding of primary education and teachers’ needs, we’ll become your lifelong partner in this incredibly rewarding career. 

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Primary schools we recruit for

Our close partnerships with local authorities and respected primary schools across the UK enable us to offer the best teaching posts available. Whether you’re looking to work on a daily supply, long term or permanent basis, in KS1 or KS2, there’s an opportunity for you, near you. And with our extensive network of MATs, we offer job opportunities where you can broaden your professional development. across multiple schools. 

Our team of 200 specialist consultants work with over 6,000 nurseries, schools and MATs across the UK, operating exclusively with over 1,000 of these


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To work as a primary teacher you need to gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which usually precedes a period of initial teacher training. 

If you already have a degree, there are two common paths to becoming a qualified teacher.  

  • One of the most common ways to gain QTS is the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which can be completed at a university or a school-led training programme.  
  • You can also take up a salaried teacher training position. For example, Schools Direct lets graduates become part of a school team from day one, supplemented by university teaching. If your degree classification is 2:1 or above, Teach First lets you work in low-income communities as part of a two-year training programme. This then leads to a fully funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership. 

There is a clear demand for soft skills in primary school teaching. Our Education Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide 2022 identified the following as being most desired by employers: 

  • Communication and interpersonal 
  • Flexibility and adaptability 
  • Ability to adopt change 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Coordinating with others.