I am a science teacher with 5 years teaching experience, however I have not taught since July 09. I am thinking about trying to return to teaching maybe next year (I am actually starting to miss it), has anyone been successful in returning after a break like this? Things seem to have changed a lot, would I need to do a return to teaching course? Would I need to do this if I was applying to the Independent sector? And so you retain your payscale point or do you start again? Oh and is Science still a shortage subject? So many questions!?! Any help, advice, pointers would be greatfully recieved. Thanks in advance.