Returning to teaching

How to become a teacher in Scotland

There are several different routes into teaching in Scotland. For some becoming a teacher is a lifelong passion that begins at school and for other folk it’s a career change later on in life. There are also teachers that qualified in other countries who want to bring their valuable skills and experience to Scotland. Whichever category you fall into, we can give you the information you need to make your next steps in becoming a teacher in Scotland.

All applicants must have achieved SCQF Level 6 or above in English (e.g. Higher grade), and SCQF Level 5 in Maths (e.g. National 5).

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Returning to teaching

Thousands of people return to teaching every year. Quite often we see folks that have changed career, had a career break, or taken time out to have a family. Your skills and experience are still really valuable and relevant in teaching. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make the transition back into the profession.

Four tips for returning to teaching in Scotland:

  1. You may need to re-register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland if you have been out of the profession for a while. Find out the specifics of what you need to do from the GTCS.
  2. Do your research. Recent developments in Scottish education mean that things have changed since you last practised.
  3. Search online for teaching refresher courses, or look at updating your formal qualifications if you think that updating your skills is something that would benefit you.
  4. Spend some time helping out at a local school. Sometimes it’s all you need to get your confidence back or to make sure that going back into teaching is the right decision for you.
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