In the classroom
Professional standards for teachers
Returning teachers will find it useful to read through the new teachers’ standards. The new standards published by the Secretary of State for Education were effective from 1 September 2012 and replace the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and the core professional standards, previously published by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).
Information and communication technology (ICT)
ICT classroom teaching tools may include the use of television, video and audio equipment, computers and interactive whiteboards.
You can test your ICT knowledge by completing an ICT skills audit (PDF, 121KB) Our ICT factsheet (PDF, 75KB) also provides further useful information on ICT in the classroom.
As a returning teacher, you will already possess invaluable experience of managing behaviour in the classroom, but you may want to refresh this knowledge. Our Behaviour Management factsheet (PDF, 150KB) contains useful resources that could help.
The Department for Education (DfE) also provides useful information on ensuring good behaviour in schools
Special educational needs (SEN)
Our SEN training resources are designed to support you in providing a suitable learning experience for children who have learning difficulties or disabilities. You can also find useful information on pupil support on the Department website.
Other useful websites
The following websites contain a range of online resources and information for teachers:
Changes in schools
In recent years, there have been many changes within the school environment. This can range from the different types of schools that now exist to the different roles of support staff
In recent years, there has also been an increase in the type of qualifications offered to school-aged pupils. If you are planning to return to teach secondary-aged children, you may want to read about:
Schools are expected to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in their care, and teachers have a big role to play.
Read more on the Department website:
Finding a job
Part-time and job share
Some local authorities (LAs) hold job share registers which can help you find a suitable part-time post or job share partner. Contact your LA for more information
You can visit Directgov to search for vacancies and find schools in England, or browse by region using our LA vacancies search
Teaching jobs are also advertised in the local press, the Times Education Supplement every Friday, Tuesday's Guardian, and Thursday's Independent
Additionally, you can contact local schools and your LA to find out what jobs may be coming up in the near future.
Applying for a job
Download our Apply for a teaching job factsheet (PDF, 82KB) for tips on writing an application, writing a CV, and interview techniques.