Thinking of getting back into the classroom after a few years out? Qualified but have never taught in a state school? If you are looking to get back into teaching, it may not be as difficult as you think!

The DFE Get into Teaching website ( ) provides a range of information and resources.

Depending on how long you have been out of teaching, you may need to do some catching up!

There are no formal qualifications for you to take as you are already a qualified teacher. However, you might want to;

  • Update your subject Knowledge with an SKE course. These Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are fully funded and aim to “top up” your knowledge. They can be taken face-to-face or online and vary in length depending on individual need. You have to have been out of the classroom for 3 years to access these.
  • Brush up your IT skills with an online course or one at your local college.
  • Have a look at the latest Teacher’s Standards
  • Take a Return to Teaching course. These are run by training companies, universities and Local Authorities and are usually at least partly funded by the teacher themselves.  If you have been out of school for a while this might help you to get up to speed with all the changes since you were last in the classroom.
  • Approach local schools for work experience. As well as getting you back in the swing of things, it might benefit you when you are applying for jobs as it shows your commitment.
  • Sign up with a supply agency to get back into schools; this will give you the chance to look around the local area.  It can also often lead to permanent job opportunities.

If you are a Physics teacher, the Institute of Physics runs a School Experience Programme to help you get back into the classroom.

The government also offers specialist training for returning teachers in maths, physics and modern foreign languages, free of charge.