Return to teaching

Return to teaching

If you’re considering returning to teaching, the transition may be much easier than you expect. Whether you left to bring up a family or explore a different career, there’s lots of support available to help you become one of the thousands of teachers who come back to the profession each year. Find out about getting back into a career where you can make a real difference every day.

If you’re ready to come back, we’re here to help – particularly if you’re thinking of going back to teaching maths or physics. To find out more:

  • complete our registration form so we can keep you informed of any initiatives that may help you on your return
  • visit our resources page for returning teachers, providing support on everything from the new Teachers’ Standards to behaviour management
  • contact our team on 0800 085 0971 to talk through how you might access support to help you return

On average, a full-time qualified secondary classroom teacher earns £36,026 a year, with excellent opportunities for progression. In fact, 41% of teachers are in leadership roles. Find out more about pay and conditions.

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Support for maths and physics teachers

If you’re considering returning to teach maths or physics, you can benefit from a bespoke package of support. This includes personalised one-to-one advice, opportunities to observe classroom practice, and access to resources so you can update your subject and curriculum knowledge. Find out more about support for returning maths and physics teachers.

When you register your interest in returning to teach one of these subjects, we’ll get in touch to discuss how we can help.

Teacher subject specialism training

We’re working with lead schools across the country to design and deliver a range of free subject specialism training in secondary maths and physics. The training will help serving and returning teachers to improve their subject knowledge and skills in the teaching of secondary maths and physics – find out more.

Thousands of former teachers return to the profession every year

Charlotte reflects on the feeling she gets when year 7 students see her lab for the first time. Transcript (PDF, 75KB)

I was worried I wouldn’t remember all the techniques for managing classroom behaviour, however it all came back to me once teaching.

Emily Lusty, recently returned teacher

Upcoming events

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  • Wildern Partnership SCITT information evening

    06 October 2015 AT 17:00

    The Wildern Partnership SCITT offers a school-based, high-quality, cross-phase and coherent training programme, which is continually developed to your individual needs. The evening will include a presentation at 5.15pm and will be followed by the opportunity to meet the team, ask questions and meet some current and past trainees.

    Southampton Open
  • Wessex Training Partnership Train to Teach

    06 October 2015 AT 17:00

    Our Train to Teach Roadshows are designed to provide you with a wealth of information on pursuing a career in teaching and how to apply for training in your region.

    Poole Open
  • Train to Teach at Poole High 061015

    06 October 2015 AT 17:00

    Our Train to Teach Roadshows are designed to provide you with a wealth of information on pursuing a career in teaching and how to apply for training in your region. To help you get the most out of the event, we strongly encourage you to attend a presentation when you first arrive. These 45-minute sessions run once every hour, providing general guidance on the routes into teaching and invaluable information on writing a great application. After attending a presentation, you can find out more by: • speaking to our teaching experts at the National College for Teaching and Leadership stand; they can give you one-to-one advice on your training options • meeting initial teacher training (ITT) providers from your region, who can tell you about the courses they offer and their entry requirements • meeting School Direct schools within your region, who can tell you more about the places they have on the School Direct Training Programme • meeting with current participants from ITT providers If you haven’t registered with us already, you’ll need to create an account on this site to book a place at this Train to Teach event. Once you’ve registered, you can also log in at any time to book places at other events near you, or take part in our online events.

    Poole Open
  • Wigan Catholic Primary - School Direct open evening

    06 October 2015 AT 17:30

    Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Come along to our open evening to find out more about the Wigan Catholic Primary School Direct training programme.

    Ormskirk Open