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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  • School Experience days

    27 April 2015 AT 08:30

    Join us for a day – on any day between 27 April and 1 May – to experience school life and find out more about the School Direct programme.

    Killingworth Open
  • Teacher Training Taster Day

    27 April 2015 AT 08:45

    Find out if Secondary School Teaching may be for you. If you think you may want to become a secondary school teacher then join us to find out more. You will have an opportunity to experience the School in action, observe learning in your chosen subject area and talk to current trainees, teachers and learners. 

    Coggeshall Open
  • Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training School Direct open event

    27 April 2015 AT 15:30

    Please drop into this event to discuss how to apply for school direct, how the course is run, funding avaliable, places within local schools. There will be opportunity to talk to course leaders. We are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions.

    Nottingham Open
  • University of Reading Information Evening

    27 April 2015 AT 16:00

    The University of Reading hosts regular Information Meetings to explain School Direct and other routes into Initial Teacher Training. 

    Reading Open