Returning to teaching


Returning to teaching after a break

Whatever path your career has taken to date, if you’re considering a return to teaching, now is a great time.
If you have been away from teaching for a while you’ll need to:

  • Make sure your registration with the General Teaching Council is still valid. You might need to re-register; it’s very straightforward, just request an application pack.
  • Join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme – your local council will need to apply on your behalf.

Are your skills up to date?

Some local authorities also insist on you taking a ‘returning to teaching’ refresher course. This is available at the University of Edinburgh. In order to find out whether you are required to take the refresher course, you can check with the local authority you are applying to.

Curriculum for Excellence

If you’ve not been acquainted with Curriculum for Excellence, it’s worth reading up on it. You can get access to CfE materials as well as the syllabus for your secondary subject from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Getting some refresher experience

If you’ve been out of the classroom for a while, it could be worth getting some experience at a local school. It should be relatively easy to arrange – simply contact the Headteacher directly.

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