Practical information and resources for returning teachers

When you return to teaching, you bring invaluable experience with you. To make that process as easy as possible we’ve put together some information and resources you might find useful.

Get up-to-date with changes in schools

Depending on how long you’ve been away, you might want to:

If you’ve been out of the profession for a while and are concerned about your ICT skills, you can test your ICT knowledge by completing an ICT skills audit (PDF, 158KB). You can also find out more about ICT use in the classroom via:

It may also be worth looking into the different types of schools and staff roles to see what opportunities are available to you when it comes to progressing your career.

Returning physics teachers 

The Institute of Physics has a wealth of resources available that are perfect for supporting your return to the classroom. These cover a wide range of topics, including helpful tips on how to approach teaching 11–16 year olds. You can also visit the Nuffield Foundation for demonstrations of experiments for pupils up to the age of 19.

If you are looking to return to teach physics and want to spend some time observing lessons you can access the Institute of Physics’ School Experience Programme. If you don’t know your Return to Teaching registration number already, call the Return to Teaching helpline on 0800 085 0971 to obtain this beforehand. 

If you’d like more information on what it’s like to teach physics today, you can also talk to other physics teachers at TalkPhysics, or follow them on Twitter via @TakeOnPhysics.

Returning mathematics teachers

Join the National Centre for the Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to access a wide range of teaching resources. There’s also a self-evaluation tool to check your understanding of the maths you will be teaching, and to explore ideas on how you can develop your practice.

Upcoming events

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Application Workshop York

28 June 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

York

Application Workshop Plymouth

29 June 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Plymouth

Bradford Online Application Workshop

03 July 2017 18:30

Join this online event for advice and support to help you start teacher training and make a difference in Bradford as soon as this September. Whether you're just starting the process, or looking to add the finishing touches to your application, we'll give you the support and guidance you need to progress.

Oldham Online Application Workshop

05 July 2017 12:00

Join our online event for advice and support to help you start teacher training and make a difference in Oldham as soon as this September. Whether you're just starting the process, or looking to add the finishing touches to your application, we'll give you the support and guidance you need to progress.