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Looking into teaching again after raising a family

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by AbFab1981, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. AbFab1981

    AbFab1981 New commenter

    Hi there,

    I trained as a primary teacher and worked at two schools before leaving to raise my children. I'm just starting to seriously research going back to work but am finding it surprisingly difficult to get answers to all my questions so I'm hoping that good old TES might be able to help!

    - I have heard that the time limit before having to retrain is six years, can you confirm this please? I've been out for five so as you can imagine I might need to get a wriggle on.
    - What would it involve and cost to retrain? (Obviously I'd rather avoid doing this.) I know there are no refresher courses these days but is there anything else out there?
    - I am up for doing supply days; would this definitely count towards "keeping my hand in"/staying qualified? Because presumably I could get no work for long stretches of time, or even none at all and be in the same position.
    - And finally, would people recommend joining several agencies or approaching schools that I know directly? But I can ask that in the Supply Forum once I'm clear on the initial questions.

    I'd also appreciate any related thoughts you have on the subject. Thanks very much!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo and welcome!

    Let's see what we can do here.

    Q1 There is no time limit that imposes re-training

    Q2 N/A

    Q3 N/A

    Q4 For supply, generally schools go through agencies nowadays, as just one phonecall can sort it, whereas if they phone individual teachers, teacher1 may not be available, teacher2 doesn't answer phone, teacher3 . . . You get my point!

    Best wishes

  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    A 'time limit for time out of six years and then having to re-train'? Who makes this stuff up? Go back to whoever told you this nonsense and poke 'em in the eye (metaphorically, of course)!
  4. indiemuppet

    indiemuppet New commenter

    Hi there AbFab,

    I taught for 5 years before going on supply these past 2 whilst studying an MA. Would just love to chime in and say that supply teaching nowadays cab be a perfect 'way back in'.

    There's more work available for supply teachers than ever before (more kids and classes, more people leaving teaching) and as long as you mark the work get to know the TA's, you always tend to get invited back. I'm generally done and home by 5pm, and have the flexibility to study and socialise at evenings and weekends without worrying about planning or resourcing. Furthermore, within a couple of months it's more than likely you'll even have headteachers approaching you personally with job offers - which saves the hassle of hunting and applying!

    The great thing about supply is you call the shots - if you want to keep your work-life balance as easy as possible, you can avoid planning etc by not committing to any long-term stints in any particular school, yet still get day-to-day work most of the time. It's a great way of rediscovering the teaching part of teaching!

    Hope it all works out for you, whatever you choose to do!


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  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    @indiemuppet - please do not include this link in your posts - it is getting perilously near to spamming the forums . . .

    In addition this statement is not the view of the majority of posters on the Supply Forum.

    Thank you

  6. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    Unlikely. Most HTs leave this to admin/HR - although, if a supply teacher is good, the HT may ask them if they want to stay on/offer a contract.

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