Dear TheoGriff, I'm currently teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and delivering basic teacher training in S.E.Asia. I have been abroad for four years, working with a well-known British cultural organisation, and taught in primary and secondary schools in Spain and Thailand before my current role. This has been interspersed with experience in summer schools with teens from Europe. I have CELTA and DELTA-level qualifications in EFL which places me towards the more experienced part of the industry. I have also participated in conferences and kept up to date with CPD (e.g. SEN) in my field. Following the end of my contract here this year, I'm looking to move back long-term to the UK for personal reasons, and I am hoping to find an EAL post within a UK state school (I am flexible on location). I have a PGCE (Citizenship) with an EAL supplementary course, and hold QTS. I have voluntary EAL experience with teenage refugees, and during my ITT training I also taught some EAL on an intervention basis. In my NQT year I was a mainstream English, Classics and PSHCE teacher with 'good' observations (never quite made outstanding, alas!) for KS3, 4 & 5. I was wondering: how difficult do you think I might find it to make this transition having been out of the UK education system for four years, given that EAL is not a curriculum subject but that I have remained in same subject field? I have seen that there are various roles available and that I do meet the criteria for most of them and will obviously read up on key sector developments. I am flexible regarding teaching different subjects e.g. PSHCE again if this could enhance my prospects. I am also looking outside mainstream education for TESOL roles, but would prefer state school. Given that I aim to apply for jobs beginning Sept 2016 or Jan 2017, what things could I do now to increase my chances? I know one issue will be regarding interview (https://www.tes.com/news/blog/returning-uk-after-teaching-abroad) but could fly back to attend. Thanks.