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Returning to teaching

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Tactful_Teaching, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. Tactful_Teaching

    Tactful_Teaching New commenter


    I left teaching in December 2016 after 20 years full time in a variety of roles (e.g one time Faculty Leader, HoD, Lead Teacher coaching others and whole school Literacy Co-Ordinator). I needed a break- some breathing space. After ten years in my last place of employment, I did leave with excellent references and was on good terms with the school and my colleagues.

    For the past 6 mths I have been working happily for the Camping and Caravanning Club as a warden. However, I’ve decided that I would like to do some supply work in the winter months ( just 2-3mths) each year on a supply basis.

    Would returning to the profession to do a few days of supply for a few mths each year (possibly not working in the same region each time) be a problem (i.e. Will my hiatus be frowned upon by a HT etc? How long are references valid for etc. Is it just 1 year?)?

    Does anyone have any advice/firsthand experience please?

    All thoughts are welcome.

    Thank you :)
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    No. A few months out to pursue other interests and seek a new work-life balance. Highly commendable. Besides which, supply agencies really don't care and HTs never get to see your references. You're good to go.
  3. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Head will snap you up!!
    Good luck
  4. Tactful_Teaching

    Tactful_Teaching New commenter

    Thank you for reassuring replies!
    Tinycat1234 likes this.

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