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Friday, 22 June 2018

Support for returning to work in teaching

The Department for Education has published information useful to those who are considering returning to teaching. Specific support is available for secondary maths, physics and Modern Foreign Language returners, or those who are qualified to teach another subject but with support would be able to teach one of those subjects: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching, along with links to register for further support. Information for teachers of other subjects is currently being updated.

Coaching for teachers seeking to return through the Women Leaders in Education programme, focused on those who are interested in progressing to middle or senior leadership is available. Returners can access the support both before and after they secure a teaching post. Most of the coaching is via Skype/phone so is a useful resource for those currently based overseas but returning to England shortly. You can find more information and register for a coach here: https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/women-leading-in-education-coaching-pledge/

A recently-launched pilot is aimed at supporting teachers who have taken time out for caring reasons to return to the classroom. Further detail, with information on how to register, is available: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching/return-to-teaching-caring-related-career-breaks. There has to be a caring-related element to the career break; for example, teachers who have taken up to 5 years out to care for children would be eligible. It’s open to anyone looking to return to teach English, maths, sciences, geography, history, or languages in a secondary school in the West Midlands or South London and the South East.

There are similar support for returners’ programmes in other parts of the public sector; Return to Social Work: https://www.local.gov.uk/return-to-social-work and Return to Health Care Allied Professions: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/return-practice-allied-health-professionals-healthcare-scientists