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 an English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) subject (English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, history, geography, or a language). 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 classroom teacher earns £37,400 a year, with excellent opportunities for progression. Find out more about pay and conditions.

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New programme for EBacc teachers

If you’d like to return to a career teaching an EBacc subject, you could get free tailored support from local groups of schools. Working with the schools, you’ll identify exactly what support and training you need to enable your return to teaching. This could include:

  • subject knowledge training
  • training to update knowledge of classroom practice, behaviour management, assessment frameworks and other current education initiatives
  • access to classroom experience and mentor support

To find out more register your interest, and we’ll let you know about the schools near you that are offering this exciting new programme.

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.

We’re also 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.

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

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

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