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Returning to teaching - aged 44 any success stories or am I likely to find a flying pig?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Lorraine-2018, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Lorraine-2018

    Lorraine-2018 New commenter

    I have worked in education for a long time in various roles and I want to return to teaching. However, I'm experienced and 44 years old. Obviously age and experience are against me from what I have been reading on here. Surely, some schools may want me?
  2. speaker2

    speaker2 Occasional commenter

    Well, I wish you luck. It depends a lot on your geographical location as so many jobs seem to be in London and other major cities. It also may require you to be willing to take a low-ish salary to start with, although a lot depends on what your "various roles" have been and how recently you have taught in a school. I hope that those who are shortlisting applicants are willing to consider individuals who have more experience/have a slightly less straightforward teaching career pathway to date, as I think there are loads of excellent, older, experienced teachers who do not even get shortlisted nowadays. I know schools have budgets to consider, but.......
    agathamorse likes this.
  3. davidmu

    davidmu Occasional commenter

    Schools also have posts to fill. If you are a maths or science graduate then your prospects are good. Currently there are 293 mathematics vacancies to fill and I know from experience that a significant number will get few or no applications.
  4. Lorraine-2018

    Lorraine-2018 New commenter

    I'm primary so I assume I will have to look elsewhere. It is so wrong.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Your age isn't a factor, but being out of the classroom for some time will be.
  6. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    it depends what you mean by "success". Will you get a job? certainly. Most schools around here are running with vacancies.(London) will you earn your living?, yes, will you enjoy it? probably not, you will be working more than 70 hours a week, do more paperwork than teaching, and be constantly criticised. Will you survive? For a while.
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    I agree but that can be countered by flexibility in the pay scale you’re prepared to take to get started again.
  8. Lorraine-2018

    Lorraine-2018 New commenter

    Thank you. I've just been shortlisted so I'll take it from there.
    MathMan1 likes this.

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