I qualified as an Art teacher over 11 years ago. I secured a job in a challenging school and unfortunately whilst I was in my NQT year I suffered a significant loss and needed to take time out of work to grieve. The school I was at was unfortunately not very understanding and made it very difficult for me whilst I was off and indeed when I returned. This experience left me feeling very despondent with teaching. I did get back to applying for jobs but, each time I have gone for a job as a teacher I have been given the usual 'You have been out of a classroom for too long' speech. I have been working within adult social care for 8 years with adults who have challenging behaviours and learning disabilities. I do have family I need to support so the obvious taking time out to volunteer in a school is near on impossible. What can I do? Can I retrain as an SEN teacher somehow or can someone please explain how teaching assistant pay is calculated?