Return to teaching

Return to teaching

If you’re considering returning to teaching, or you’re qualified to teach but never taught in a state school, the transition may be 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 each year who come back to a profession where you can make a real difference every day. Register with us to find out what support may be available to you.

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Return to Teaching pilot programme

If you’re ready to come back, we’re here to help – particularly if you’re thinking of going back to teaching an English Baccalaureate subject (English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, history, geography, or a language) in a secondary school. For these subjects you can access the new, free Return to Teaching programme in secondary schools across England.

The support could include:

  • free refresher training in subject knowledge
  • updates on classroom practice and behaviour management
  • access to classroom experience and mentoring

If you’re looking to return you should contact a participating school on this pilot programme, who are also looking to employ returners.

Thousands of former teachers return to the profession every year

To find out more about returning to teach, you can:

  • complete our registration form so we can keep you informed with useful information
  • attend our Train to Teach roadshows; there will be a dedicated return to teaching area where you’ll have the chance to speak directly to schools and expert advisers about the support available
  • participate in our online events, where an expert panel will answer your questions about returning to teaching and the Return to Teaching programme 
  • visit our resources page for returning teachers, offering information on everything from the new Teachers’ Standards to behaviour management

Once you’ve registered, if you have any questions on returning to teach, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 085 0971 for help and advice.

On average, a teacher earns £37,400 a year

Steven Chapman tells us about returning to teaching – if you’re thinking of doing the same, it may be easier than you think. Transcript (PDF, 36KB)

The Return to Teaching programme helped with any feelings of doubts and uncertainty, and the support has been priceless. 

Kasia Sagun, recently returned maths teacher

Upcoming events

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  • Advice for first- and second-year undergraduates

    15 February 2016 AT 18:30

    This event is specifically tailored for students currently in their first or second year at university. The session will offer guidance on how best to prepare for your teacher training application.

    Open
  • Teach First career changer coffee with a recruiter

    16 February 2016 AT 08:30

    For anyone considering joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from another career, we are holding sessions with a member of our experienced hires recruitment team to give you the chance to get all of your questions answered.

    London Open
  • Teach First career changer coffee with a recruiter

    16 February 2016 AT 17:00

    For anyone considering joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from another career, we are holding sessions with a member of our experienced hires recruitment team to give you the chance to get all of your questions answered.

    London Open
  • Teach First – information day

    17 February 2016 AT 08:00

    For anyone considering joining the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from another career, Teach First are holding coffee drop-in sessions in Edinburgh with a member of its experienced hires recruitment team so you can get all your questions answered.

    Edinburgh Open