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:

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.

Return to teaching and develop your career with the National Teaching Service  

This new programme is designed to match top teaching talent to schools that need it most. You’ll be supporting schools in challenging circumstances that are struggling to recruit, as well as motivating teachers to take on new challenges and progress their careers.

Applications are now open for all returning teachers with classroom experience and middle leaders for the North West, with successful applicants starting in schools in January. 

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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Primary experience day Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance

26 May 2016 08:45

Spend the day in a primary school, observe lessons and talk to trainees to prepare for your teacher training. Places are limited and only available by pre-booking.


University of Leicester – routes into teaching open evening

26 May 2016 16:00

Information event for postgraduate entry to the teaching profession via the University of Leicester.


SCITTELS primary teaching information event

26 May 2016 16:30

Information about routes into primary teaching offered by SCITTELS


Teaching London LDBS SCITT workshop and information event

26 May 2016 17:00

Come along to our two free workshops: how to write your personal statement and how to develop your interview skills.