Being a Primary Teacher provides key advice on preparing for and undertaking final placements, securing the first teaching post and getting ready for the first class, through to the first year of teaching. Throughout the book, Bronwen Cullum draws on her years of experience teaching in primary schools and in a university working with trainee teachers to provide guidance and support for teachers.

Divided into three parts, the book explores the various challenges that those learning to be teachers face in the early stages of their career. It includes numerous practical examples, useful resources and templates as well as check lists at the end of each chapter. The chapters explore essential topics including:

  • applying for a job and preparing for interviews;
  • building and managing relationships in the classroom and with staff;
  • the transition from training to the first job as a primary school teacher;
  • preparation for the progress of children;
  • looking after yourself.

This book is an essential read for trainees and newly qualified teachers wanting to enhance their professional development and maximise their potential so that they can fully enjoy the profession of teaching.

chapter |2 pages


part 1|58 pages

Applying for your first job and final school placement

chapter 1|13 pages

Applying for a job and the interview

chapter 2|12 pages

Getting ready for the final placement

chapter 3|9 pages

Managing relationships

chapter 4|10 pages

Thorough preparation

chapter 5|12 pages

Knowing the children and pupil progress

part 2|44 pages

The transition phase

chapter 7|10 pages

Getting to know your future class

chapter 8|10 pages

The classroom as an empty box

Where do I start?

chapter 9|13 pages


part 3|54 pages

The first year of teaching

chapter 12|13 pages

Language and learning

chapter 13|12 pages

Building professional relationships

chapter 14|11 pages

Looking after yourself