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
  • visit our resources page for returning teachers, providing support on everything from the new Teachers’ Standards to behaviour management

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Support for maths and physics teachers

If you’re considering returning to teach maths or physics, you can benefit from a bespoke package of support. This includes personalised one-to-one advice, opportunities to observe classroom practice, and access to resources so you can update your subject and curriculum knowledge.

When you register your interest in returning to teach one of these subjects, we’ll get in touch to discuss how we can help.

Post-ITT subject knowledge enhancement

We’re working with Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) to develop and deliver a range of post-ITT subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) for priority subjects – find out more.

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

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