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should I do a return to teaching course?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by ba04sorton, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. ba04sorton

    ba04sorton New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    I gave up teaching in a primary school three years ago and took a teaching assistant post in a secondary school which I quickly regretted. During the last two years I have applied for so many teaching jobs and have only had about 4 interviews which were unsuccessful.
    At the age of 55 years I wonder if that is the problem as I have heard rumours that teachers over the age of 50 are being pushed out of the classroom.
    Recently I have been looking at return to teaching courses. They are expensive and will probably mean that I would need to give up my current job to enable me to do the work placements required to pass the course.
    What makes me a little uneasy about them is that several I have looked at are run by supply agencies which makes me wonder if they are just a money making side line for them. I have seen on the websites that the courses are needed for anyone that has been out of teaching for a year or more. However, that seems a short amount of time to be in need of a refresher.
    What do you think about these return to teaching courses? If you are in favour of them do you know of one that you could recommend to me?
    Kind regards,
    Salome91 likes this.
  2. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    I have not seen (or been involved with) any of these courses but I very much doubt whether they would help you get into a permanent position.

    The issue of age is less of a problem than it used to be simply because pay portability is gone. If a school wants to offer you a job on M1 they can.

    4 interviews is not that many TBH, although I assume from the "only" that you have applied for many more jobs than that. If the number of jobs you have applied for is about 20 then you are probably not doing too bad.

    So what can you do to improve your chances? Well, one way to consider would be to do some supply teaching. This has several advantages even going thro' agencies.

    1. You get paid. Always a bonus.
    2. You see lots of different schools. See which one you like.
    3. You get known and (if you are any good) may be offered a temporary contract and later a permanent one.

    It is all a bit of a **** shoot these days anyway so it is a case of doing what you can.
    Of course, you could simply try something else entirely.
    Best of luck anyway.
  3. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    No, no, no!

    Others with loads more experience will be on shortly but do not pay for any 'course'; if you have QTS, you are qualified! Try supply - go onto the supply forum further down for advice but never, never, never give money TO an agency for a'course' to re-enter teaching!

    Good luck!

    PS. I moved to secondary teaching at age 46 (now 48), so age is not always a barrier - are you up to date with any changes in the curriculum,etc?
    midnight_angel likes this.
  4. ba04sorton

    ba04sorton New commenter

    Thank you to you both for your helpful advice. To answer some of the questions. I have applied for at least 30 jobs and so thought the amount of interviews I had been invited to was quite low especially as there is meant to be a dire shortage of teachers at present. I do have QTS and all of my experience was in the foundation stage. My specialism was early years and most of the jobs I have applied for were for early years teachers. There have been changes in the EYFS curriculum in the last couple of years but I have tried to keep updated with the changes.
    Thanks again for your help
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Correct. NEVER pay an agency and you ARE already qualified. Try the suggested supply route back.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I am going to echo the others.

    1. There is no guarantee of quality with a RTT course since they are no longer supported by the DfE

    2. To gain current experience, Supply is a good bet. Don't ask us to recommend agencies, no-one can do this on the TES site

    3. If you are not getting interviews, you need Jobseeking advice. Pop over to the JobSeekers Forum and ask me there

    Best wishes

  7. missrturner

    missrturner Occasional commenter

    I would seriously recommend supply teaching. It's a great way to build up your bank of experience and you can often find out about vacancies within schools/have your supply contract extended at a school etc.

    If you're worried about the day to day work you can select to be a long-term supply teacher in which you are placed in a school for a term, or around 6 weeks etc. You can also apply to guaranteed pay schemes if you do consider day to day work.
  8. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    If you decide to go down the supply route, have a good look over on the supply forum for advice on how to get started. If you are willing to teach other age groups within primary, you will also expand your chances of getting work. You are coming up to a good time to start since supply tends to pick up now after the break in October. If you post on the supply forum and say what general area of the country you are in people reading may be able to tell you what their experience is in connection with the amount of work they are getting.

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