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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:
- register with us, so we can keep you informed of any initiatives that may help you in your return
- review the latest Teachers’ Standards
- catch up on any changes to the national curriculum and qualifications
- read through current behaviour management guidelines – see the Department for Education’s advice and factsheet (PDF, 93KB)
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:
- the Association for Information Technology in Initial Teacher Training website
- learndirect, which offers a range of courses to help you update your basic ICT skills
- your nearest City Learning Centre; these centres often offer a wide range of ICT CPD for teachers and education professionals – check your local council for more details
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.
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.
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.
17 April 2018 16:30
This event in Doncaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
02 May 2018 16:30
This event in Derby will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
24 May 2018 16:00
This event in London will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
24 March 2018 10:00
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.