The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has launched another pilot scheme to encourage qualified to return to teaching, Schools Week reports. The biggest financial rewards are on offer for schools employing part-time or “flexible-working” returning teachers.

In 2015, schools were offered a “support package” of £1,900 to encourage qualified teachers not currently in teaching to return and teach one of eight “core” subjects. The schools only received the money if the teacher gained employment, either at the school or at another after it had helped to retrain them.

The Department for Education (DfE) has now launched a second pilot, this time offering up to £5,000 and focusing on just two regions and three core subjects.

Focused on the south-east and north-west of the UK, £2,500 is being offered for School Direct lead schools, multi-academy trusts and other institutions to retrain former teaches in maths, physics and languages only. The pilots begin in February and May 2017.

The teachers will be given two to four weeks’ training before any offer of employment, according to the DfE’s newly released guidance.

Schools will receive a further £1,500 if the returning teacher is then employed, and those in the south-east will also receive “up to £1,500” for every teacher returned on a part-time or flexible basis.

The guidance document states: “Many returners wish to return on a part-time, flexible or job share basis, and this has shown to be one of the most significant barriers for teachers wishing to return to the profession.”

Commenting onthe new guidance, Sir Andrew Carter, chair of the independent review of initial teacher training, said:

“Lots of schools don’t like the idea of part-time work, particularly secondary schools.

I think part-timers are full-timers on their way. It’s a great way to get back in.”