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Thinking of returning to teaching

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by alexander_d_murphy_82, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. alexander_d_murphy_82

    alexander_d_murphy_82 New commenter

    I'm a junior NCO and intelligence analyst in the British Army (basically a junior level manager) with 8 years experience and 4 years teaching experience. Before I joined the army I was a secondary science teacher and really enjoyed it before I left but I'd always wanted to join the army so ended up doing it, best decision I've made.

    In the last 3 years I've got married and had two kids. Over my short career I've been to Afghanistan 3 times (spent nearly 18 months of my life there) and the US for 5 months and so want a more stable family life now.

    I'm getting paid about £35k which is amazing and have been offered promotion to a senior level but the army life is not compatible with family life, the constant threat of having to go away has taken it's toll. I am however apprehensive at returning to teaching. Firstly the massive pay cut I'd take and secondly if I'd be able to cope after 8 years out of the profession.

    My plan is to return to teaching in 3 years time (September 2019) as I get a good pension and resettlement package at my 12 year point. This gives me some planning time....is there anything I can do over the next 3 years to give me the best chance of getting back into teaching without being overwhelmed? Can I be doing any courses? Would I even stand a chance at applying for a second in department role?

    Is there anything else I can be doing in the meantime?

    I am looking at getting involved in one of the physics subject specialism training courses run through the NCTL.

    I don't plan to start applying for jobs until Sep 2018 so I have some time. Forward planning I know but I have a young family to support!

    Any advice would be grateful.

    Many thanks!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo there!

    I have just this moment replied to your similar post on another forum, where another poster suggested that you apply for SLT roles.


    I'm going to paste that reply in here - just explaining why there will be a reference to SLT when you make no mention of it above. The bold italics are the quotes from the other thread.



    Hullo there @alexander_d_murphy_82 .

    4 years teaching experience

    You have QTS, you tell us. Did you also complete your NQT induction year?

    I got QTS ages ago, but have never done my induction year. Can I still apply for jobs as a NQT?

    Can I be doing any courses?


    While these courses are not designed principally for returners, you could contact the DfE to enquire if this could be done.

    Would I even stand a chance at applying for a second in department role?

    Well, let's think about this.

    Let's suppose that I was enrolled in the Army, couple of years as a private, then did another 2 years in the TA. I then did 12 years as a teacher. Could I then expect to go back into the Army and straight into a NCO position?

    It wouldn't hurt to apply to SLT roles

    Or perhaps straight to Major or Lieutenant-Colonel? ;)

    How would I apply to an SLT role?

    The answer is, of course, that you couldn't.

    It may be difficult to get back into teaching with such a large gap anyway. Back into teaching as a foot soldier, I mean. You would not get back as a Senior Leader - nor even as a Middle Leader.


    But someone needs to tell you the bare truth here.

    Best wishes

  3. alexander_d_murphy_82

    alexander_d_murphy_82 New commenter

    All as I thought TheoGriff, I guess I just needed to hear it from the metaphorical "horses mouth"!

    Yes I have QTS, did my NQT in 2005 in Manchester and worked at 2 schools. I then moved to Nottigham, did a couple of months general supply and then landed a year long term supply before I joined the Army in Sept 2007.

    I really enjoyed my time as a teacher and with a 1 and 2 year old I think it's time to return.

    Thanks for your honesty. You're right in what you say. I have 2-3 years to plan my re-entry to the profession as I get a nice £11k resettlement package at my 12 year point which is Sept 2019. I have to plan though as I have to work a year's notice which I will put in around Sept 2018 and can only then start to look for jobs.

    Thanks again for the bare truth. I would rather have that than a flowered up version!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    (The missing thumbs-up emoticon)

    Goodness knows who on earth is the poster who suggested SLT roles!

    Best wishes

  5. alexander_d_murphy_82

    alexander_d_murphy_82 New commenter

    Yeah! It sounded far too good to be true!
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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