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Getting back into teaching is harder than I expected - any advice?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by ralb76, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. ralb76

    ralb76 New commenter


    I'd really appreciate any suggestions on how best to go about getting myself into teaching as the Government helpline has not been particularly helpful!

    I have a BA (Hons) Geography QTS specialising in Primary which I did more than 20+ years ago never completing the probation year thus I am classed as a NQT looking to work as a Primary School teacher.

    Since graduating, as well as raising my own family, my career has been in the corporate world where I had senior roles gaining a lot of skills and experience that I could now transfer into my teaching career.

    According to the helpline, I could just apply for jobs but the chances of me finding someone willing to take a chance on me with no recent experience is minimal and I feel it would be irresponsible for me to even try! (I have been doing a lot of reading and am getting up to speed with Teacher Standards, changes to the National Curriculum, ICT developments etc etc ....)

    I have been told I can't do a QTS / direct entry course again, because I am already qualified and there don't appear to be any refresher courses.

    My plan therefore is this :

    1. Volunteer at a local school for a couple of months to get back into the classroom and observe
    2. Get a TA job for 6 months
    3. Apply for teaching roles early next year

    Do you think that this would help or will prospective schools still be put off by the date of my qualification and is there anything else that I could do that would help me?

    It's very frustrating and in someways would be a lot easier if I didn't have the QTS qualification as I could go back to college for a year and do all of this in a structured manner but it seems that in this situation you are on your own ....

    Any help, advice would be appreciated
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Presumably as you have QTS you can do supply? Have you discussed with any agencies? Some longish stints / maternity covers would be a way to get your teaching muscles warmed up again while showing on your CV that you are active as a teacher when you come to apply for a real job. IMO step 1 & 2 in your plan are pretty redundant for you unless you deeply lack confidence.
  3. StarbucksCovfefe

    StarbucksCovfefe Occasional commenter

    I agree, why are you not planning on supplying? My experience isn't as long as yours, but I had 8 years away (I had taught past my NQT year though) and I just signed up for supply. Eventually someone took a chance, and I was 95% booked all last half term in two schools. I'm now a permanent teacher this Sept.
    pepper5 likes this.
  4. -LittleMiss-

    -LittleMiss- New commenter

    to supply you need 2 teacher references, 1 can be a character reference (with some agencies) if your in touch with any teachers, it can be done
    agathamorse likes this.

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