Returning to Teaching

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The Coronavirus has shaken up the way the world works. With large swathes of the population working from home or furloughed over the past two years, everyone has had reason to reflect upon want they want out of a career. While most UK schools remained open throughout the pandemic to support children of key workers (and more besides), the job of teaching has changed in many ways. This has to lead to some teachers choosing to retire early or leave for pastures new. But with large numbers of teachers absent with Covid, a number of ex-teachers have decided to rejoin the profession, most often via supply teaching. This follows a drive by the Government in England to recruit ex-teachers back into the classroom.

But what will returning teachers find after being out of the classroom for, say, five or ten years?

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 27th January 2022 at 8pm(UK), we discussed the possible ways education has changed since returning teachers left the profession, how teachers and senior leaders can support returning teachers, and how to stem the flow of teachers from leaving in the first place.


  1. For teachers returning to the classroom after a long career break, what do you think has been the biggest change over the last 5 or 10 years in education?
  2. What can existing teachers do to make returning teachers most welcomed back into the classroom?
  3. What can senior leaders do to make returning teachers most welcomed back into schools?
  4. What support should the Government offer returning teachers to (a) incentivise, and (b) help them back into the classroom?
  5. How would you assist a returning teacher into your own department or teaching group?
  6. Imagine that you are returning to teaching after a long career break. What support would you like?
  7. How can teachers improve their teaching habits to make it easier for when cover or supply teachers are needed?
  8. What can be done to improve the retainment of teachers?

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