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.

Career coaching for women returning to teaching

The women leading in education coaching pledge aims to support women who are returning to teaching to progress into leadership roles through access to free coaching. Currently over 1000 coaches have volunteered to help support women into leadership roles. Coaches can help develop confidence, leadership skills and enable women to reach their potential once they return to the classroom. For more details and to sign up to the coaching pledge visit the Teaching Schools Council website