Hi all, after an absence from teaching and the tes.co.uk forum I find myself here needing advice from teaching professionals. I became a father recently and have decided that being self-employed is not the best option and am interested in returning to teaching. I did a PGCE in 2004-2005 and did stints in Secondary and FE between 2005-2009 before going self-employed in 2010 (working with University level students). I have applied for a couple teaching jobs but not had any response so far - and am wondering how to get a teaching post? I have only been out of teaching for 13 months - do I really need to do a 'Return to Teach' course when I have been out for just over a year?? A friend suggested I just arrange my own placement within a school instead. I'm a bit nervous about returning, I had 2 successful posts - 2 years in a Secondary as an NQT then 2 years in a FE College - but I made the mistake of going to another school for a so-called 'promotion', a bad domestic situation and some bullying from 2 members of staff (1 of them SMT) resulted in me leaving after 1 term to avoid having a breakdown. Hence becoming self-employed and working with University students. I now want to return to teaching - almost feel I have a point to prove.