Hi, I'd be really grateful for ANY advice..I'm a qualified secondary school English teacher, although my most recent experience was teaching Media to KS4 and KS5. I have 7 years classroom experience but having had three kids, I've not now worked for five years and before that worked part-time for a couple of years. I want to return to work but I'm unsure about what role and what training to pursue. I'm happy to take the next year to retrain/brush up, before applying for jobs. I have plenty of volunteering experience at my kids' primary - literacy support, SATs help, running book/reading groups - but think I'd be happier working back in the secondary sector. Probably like many people, I am attracted to the shorter hours of a TA, although I know it's still a tough job (for not very good pay). Has anyone made this switch? Are there actually many TA roles in secondary schools in your experience? I understand that they are often cut with tight budgets. I've been looking at online training, both NCFE Level 3 Certificate Supporting Teaching and Learning and HLTA qualification (though I understand that I need to be already working in a TA role for this).. Just not sure how I'll be viewed applying for TA roles. Maybe it's best I just start by volunteering in a local secondary? Many thanks in advance!