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.

As a former teacher, you can make a positive impact by using the additional knowledge and experience gained from your time away from the profession. Many schools recognise this and can offer support to help you get back into the classroom.

You can also benefit from a competitive salary and good career prospects. On average, a full-time qualified classroom teacher earns £34,600 a year, with excellent opportunities for progression. In fact, 41% of teachers are in leadership roles, and a great teacher can earn up to £65,000. Find out more about pay and conditions.

So if you’re ready to come back, we’re here to help – particularly if you’re thinking of going back to teaching maths or physics. To find out more:

  • contact our team on 0800 085 0971 to talk through how you might access support to help you return
  • complete our registration form so we can keep you informed of any initiatives that may help you in your return

We are currently developing a bespoke package of support for maths and physics teachers considering a return to teaching. More details will be available in the coming months.

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Practical information and resources for physics teachers

The Institute of Physics has a wealth of associated resources available that are perfect for supporting your return to the classroom. These cover a wide range of topics, with helpful teaching approaches for 11–16 year olds and demonstrations of experiments for pupils up to the age of 19.

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


Thousands of former teachers return to the profession every year


Watch this video for helpful tips on getting into teaching, from real trainees and experienced teachers. Transcript (PDF, 48KB)

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

Upcoming events

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  • Males into Primary Teaching conference

    21 April 2015 AT 14:00

    The Males into Primary Teaching conference is an unmissable event for male students who want a real insight into primary teaching as a career option and studying a teacher training course at university.

    Cheltenham Open
  • Teaching Information Event

    21 April 2015 AT 16:00

    This event is open to candidates interested in training to teach Primary or Secondary in local schools. There will be an opportunity to meet Headteachers and staff from our outstanding training provider Bromley Schools Collegiate to discuss the School Direct Training programmes. 

    Chislehurst Open
  • Train to Teach Sunderland

    21 April 2015 AT 17:00

    This event at the Sunderland Marriott offers an introduction to kick-starting your career in teaching and the chance to get your training questions answered.

    Sunderland Closed
  • School Direct (Primary General) and Early Years Introductory Evening

    21 April 2015 AT 19:00

    A presentation about Bourton Meadow Academy and the Teacher Training Centre and an outline of the School Direct Training Programmes on offer for September 2015, including details on eligibility and funding arrangements

    Buckingham Open