Good teachers are able to assess learning effectively. They also are able to control their classes and treat all students equally. The Primary National Strategy supports improving most of these factors, but more needs to be done. A report of the success of the Primary National Strategy concluded that
The National Literacy and Numeracy frameworks are still used by teachers as their core support in planning for progression in both English and mathematics. Schools are anxious to maintain the improved standards they have seen since the introduction of the NLNS. Many do not wish to risk losing these gains through too great a change. Although the strategies have improved the teaching of English and mathematics, teaching in both subjects remains no better than satisfactory in one lesson in three. Although provision of additional guidance and better targeted support has improved the quality of teaching in some schools, it has yet to raise the overall frequency and consistency of teaching that is good or better in all schools. One significant improvement in teaching is teachers' use of information and communication technology (ICT), a consequence of increased guidance and support provided through the PNS. However, despite support for teachers in developing assessment for learning, improvements are slow in coming and weaknesses remain (Primary National Strategy: An evaluation of its impact on primary schools 2004/05, 2005).
A teacher's knowledge of their subject matter is very important factor in that teacher's effectiveness. A teacher with a high level of knowledge can usually explain a subject better to students. They will rely less on simple memorization and they will be able to answer any unexpected questions by students. They will receive more respect from students. They act as a good role model for students as they can show that learning their subjects is necessary and possibly fun. A teacher should also be interested in their subject matter. Teachers that are interested in their subjects can spread their enthusiasm to the class and they will enjoy their job more. A uninterested teacher will probably cause more students to lack interest in the subject. Children are also more likely to learn a subject if the need for them to learn it is explained. Teachers should consider it very important that their students succeed. They should set high standards, and they should also be able to help any students that have minor troubles. They should use pedagogical strategies that are appropriate to the ages and capabilities of the students in their classes. Classrooms should be organized to allow any effective teaching strategies to be used effectively. A classroom should allow students to both work individually and work in teams. It should contain adequate materials and it should be connected to the internet so that online resources can be used.
Effective assessments are necessary so that a teacher knows how well the students are learning. A teacher should know what the class is learning well and what they are having problems with.
Teachers must also be able to maintain control over their classroom. If they fail to do this, most students will not be able to learn effectively. There also will be severe disciplinary problems, and some students might be threatened. All students should be treated equally.