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Returning teachers

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Whether you've left to bring up a family or to explore a different professional avenue, returning to teaching can be a rewarding experience. Nothing beats the satisfaction of going home each day knowing you've made a difference.

Schools recognise the benefits a returning teacher can offer such as the knowledge and experience gained through working in another professional environment and many schools will offer support to help a returner back into the classroom.

On average, a full-time qualified classroom teacher earns £34,600 a year and the career prospects are excellent. Forty one per cent of teachers are in leadership roles and a great teacher can earn up to £65,000. Find out more information on pay and conditions.  

If you’re ready to come back, we would love to have you and the transition may be easier than you think. We are especially keen to hear from maths or physics teachers considering a return to teaching.

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

We are currently developing a bespoke package of support for teachers considering a return to teaching maths and physics including:

  • individualised one-to-one support
  • opportunities to observe current outstanding classroom practice
  • access to resources to enable you to update subject and curriculum knowledge and classroom practice

Make sure you have registered with us to receive information on how to access all of the support above.

Read how Dr Abigail Bell returned to teach physics and climbed the career ladder

Find out why maths teacher Alison Roberts came back to the classroom

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.

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