I just want to say that there is hope. In 2006 I had my son, I had been made redundant from my permanent post but was under pressure from my then partner to get back to work so took a temp contract starting January 2007. I was not ready to go back to FT teaching either physically or emotionally and ended up getting an office job after that so I could devote plenty of time to my son at home. I was M6 when I left. I have struggled to get a long-term post on trying to get back into teaching (always the too expensive or no recent experience argument), so eventually, last May, I left my office job and did the TDA Return to Teaching course. Having that on my CV definitely helped my case because I began to get more interviews. (Voluntary or supply work would also help your case in terms of recent experience - I just felt this was the best route for me.) Eventually I have managed to secure a fixed-term full-time post for the summer term in a lovely school, where there is the chance of going longer-term or permanent if I fit in well with the school and they are as happy with my teaching as they were with my interview. (I am on supply in the meantime to get a bit of experience so it's not so much of a culture shock. ) Some schools actively want an experienced teacher and are willing to pay for an M6 / UPS teacher to meet their requirements. It's a case of right school and right time. I agree if you are not sure if you're ready for an FT job yet to go the supply route first and see how you feel. However keep looking - because there are a few PT jobs that come up and you never know. Good luck!