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Getting back into teaching is harder than I thought ... any ideas?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' 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 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. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Mmmm.. difficult one.

    As you say if there were Refresher courses that might help, but I think most of those have stopped, though you might check with a Union as sometimes they run courses.

    Becoming a TA might be a possibility and would give you access to current practice.

    Volunteering is a possibility, but with Safeguarding concerns now you would need a current DBS.
    agathamorse likes this.
  3. Mermaid7

    Mermaid7 Occasional commenter

    Will supply agencies take you on?
  4. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Have you tried applying for a teaching post and explaining that you would need to complete your NQT year?
    There have even been advertisements for unqualified teachers recently, so maybe you should test the waters, if you haven’t done so already. If you are offered an interview there will be the opportunity for feedback if you are unsuccessful and this may help you to know where you stand as you move forward towards successfully gaining a teaching post.
    agathamorse likes this.
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    A lot will depend upon your local job market. I know it sounds obvious but is there actually a demand for primary teachers in your area? In some places there has been redundancies and a reduction in staff due to budgets and pupil number. Traditionally North West and South West England have been difficult places to secure a post especially in the summer when the NQTs swamp the market.
    Your plan 1,2,3 is solid- however you may find securing a TA post is as difficult as these have been cut back in many areas and there is competition from a variety of candidates with specific TA qualifications as well as new graduates seeking experience.
    If your QTS was before 1999 then you are not subject to induction- however if after you are and this makes re-entry tricky as legally you cant do short time supply work- 5 year rule- so you can only be appointed to a induction post.- its worth checking on the Teacher Regulation Agency site that all your registration details are correct.
    There are no refresher courses so its a case of DIY to prepare -Good luck!
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Really useful info welshwizard. Especially about the 5 year rule, which I know caused problems for many a student.
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    There is this, @ralb76, although it might not apply to you, as you seem never to have taught.

    Department for Education Return to Teaching Program

    Return to Teaching Helpline: 0800 085 0971


    I tried this over the last coupe of years but the scheme seems to be one of those that offers all possible assistance short of actual help. Lots of courses that get cancelled, and almost mutually exclusive entrance criteria.
    agathamorse and Lara mfl 05 like this.

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