Perhaps you see yourself in education, but not necessarily in a classroom. Or you have teaching experience and are looking for a new challenge? Below we have provided a selection of possible alternative roles in education.

There are lots of options for people with classroom experience. A break from the classroom in a different role can refresh your teaching, and should not be viewed negatively. Indeed, it may be viewed as an advantage by potential employers

Forest Schools Leader

Forest Schools Leaders work with children in outdoors settings. There is potential to work with schools and other organisations to deliver Forest School experiences for their children.

It is not necessary to be a qualified teacher to become a Forest School practitioner, and you can start your training with a level 1 course.

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Teacher Training

If you enjoy working with teaching students you might consider a move into teacher training. This will usually be based at a University or College, working in partnerships with schools. You need to be prepared to get qualifications in HE lecturing, which can be studied while you work

Educational Sales

Educational salespeople sell resources such as text books, furniture and more into schools. If you have a flair for sales and are able to build a rapport with teaching and admin staff, it may suit you well. These roles can involve a lot of travelling.


Educational Recruitment

Educational recruiters work in agencies finding temporary and permanent jobs for teachers. It is not necessary to have any teaching experience for this role. You do need a flair for sales, as you are effectively “selling” teachers to schools. You also need to be prepared for early starts and late finishes; most supply desks open at 7am and are at their busiest before the teaching day even begins! If you are a teacher, you will usually take an initial drop in pay to move into recruitment.

Resource Creation

There is a huge and growing trend for teachers to sell their own resources on the internet. There are also publishing companies who are looking for teachers to create resources for them. Whether you want to go it alone or work for someone else, if you have a way with a worksheet this could be a good choice for you.


Museum Educational Officer

Classroom experience is a definite advantage in these roles. They involve working with schools and colleges to develop and provide educational experiences using the museum’s collection.  They tend to be few in number and highly sought after, so if you have a workplace in mind it is worth trying to get some work experience there on a voluntary basis first.

Alternative provision

There is a range of alternative provision for children who are not taught in mainstream schools. There are opportunities in hospital teaching, traveller education services, and working with children who are excluded from schools, for example. These jobs tend to be advertised in the local job bulletins and sometimes nationally.


There is a high demand for tutoring at the moment, and it can be a good option to combine with teaching or as a job in its own right. There are quite a few agencies and also sites which allow parents to directly contact tutors.  Work is generally outside of normal school hours. There is scope for primary teachers to tutor to address a specific need or prepare for the 11+. For secondary teachers, students may need extra support in their GCSE or A level work, for example. It is not necessary to be a qualified teacher to tutor, but you will need a current enhanced DBS check (Disclosure in Scotland or Criminal Records Check in Northern Ireland) and be willing to work with pupils in their homes.

Education officer for a charity

These jobs involve liaising with schools to promote the work of a charity, developing learning resources and support materials for children to use.  For example, you may be involved in developing practical workshops, or in designing campaigns to involve schools in awareness raising.


Educational Psychologist

An educational psychologist offers specialist advice to schools and families of children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in school or college. The role involves working with a variety of other professionals to offer advice and design provision for these students. It can also involve delivering training to school staff and parents.  A doctorate in educational psychology is necessary for this role.


Portage worker

Portage workers work with families of children under five who have additional needs. They offer support and guidance to families through a home visiting service. Training is available for the Portage Society

Educational writing

There are a wide range of opportunities for teachers with a way with words to gain employment by writing. Whether it is text books, eLearning courses or software, it is possible to start this while working in a classroom. Educational marketing companies also require teachers to write and review resources from time to time.


If you wish to become an Ofsted inspector, you will need a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, with at least two years’ in management.  You can combine this with continuing to teach. Your current provision should be rated as “good” or “outstanding”.

Ofsted also has a range of administrative and support roles which are advertised on the Civil Service Job site.