Return to Teaching Programme 2018

The Department for Education have launched a Return to Teaching programme in May 2018 which is designed to encourage and support qualified EBACC teachers who have taken a career break in order to care for others, back into employment. George Abbot Teaching School (part of GEP Academies) have been selected as one of 11 lead schools running the pilot in selected areas.

A package of pre and post-employment support has been put together with the aims of overcoming “the career break penalty”. This is coupled with a longer term objective of developing a leadership pipeline, enabling teachers who return to progress into middle or senior leadership positions if they should wish.

Who is qualified to take part in the programme?

This programme is available to anyone that;

  1. has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  2. is applying to teach an EBACC subject (English, Maths, Science, Languages, History or Geography) in a secondary state school in England
  3. is not currently employed as a teacher in the UK
  4. has taken a career break in order to care for others
  5. has a start date between 1 September 2018 and 15 January 2019 and support must be taken up in this academic year (2018/19)

Local participating schools and academies

George Abbot Teaching School are collaborating with the following schools in the local area on launching the pilot:

  • Esher Church of England High School
  • The Forest School
  • Fullbrook School
  • George Abbot School
  • Hinchley Wood School
  • The Magna Carta School
  • Robert May’s School
  • Therfield School
  • Tomlinscote School
  • Warlingham School
  • The Winston Churchill School, Woking
  • Woking High School

How do qualifying returners apply for the Return to Teaching pilot?

Qualifying returners should apply for EBACC positions in the normal way. Schools taking part in the pilot will highlight their involvement on their recruitment web page.

The returner should inform the recruiting school that they qualify for the scheme in their covering letter and application. If the returner is employed, then the package of support will be put in place once the contract of employment has been signed. Please note the school will need to pass the returners contact details to George Abbot Teaching School in order to start the support process and therefore will be required to share the personal details of returners with both George Abbot Teaching School and the Department for Education.

Please direct any questions to Jackie Blackwood, George Abbot Teaching School Project Coordinator.

Telephone: 01483 888047



Support package for returners and employing schools

Measure Purpose Funding
Commitment to flexible working Worklife balance: commitment from the employing school to support part-time / flexible working. N/A
Acclimitisation After the Returner is employed by the school they will receive supported transition back to the classroom (where timing allows) during a period of acclimatisation (up to 2 weeks) in a classroom to observe. Up to £400 paid to the returner – £200 per week, max two weeks
Teacher Training Subject Specialism (TSST) Updated subject knowledge, access to TSST, available in secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and MFL (may also be accessed once employment has commenced). N/A
Mentor Supported transition to the classroom: Teaching School will provide a career mentor who is in middle or senior leadership. N/A
Career coach through Women Leaders in Education Career progression: access to a coach to give an independent perspective and support to develop career potential, regardless of having a career break. Only women returners are eligible for this support. N/A
Women Leaders in Education (WLE) regional network membership Confidence building: access to WLE regional network support, including training and networking events for women who would like to progress. Female returners can meet others in similar circumstances, to share experiences and good practice. Only women returners are eligible for this support. N/A
Professional body membership Professional development: funding for membership of the relevant professional body or the Chartered College of Teaching. Subject associations offer classroom resources, access to subject knowledge training and events. Up to £100 per returner
CPD voucher Professional development: funding to access CPD courses according to need, and funded release time the relevant external CPD. Up to £1,000 per returner CPD costs and £750 to the school to cover release costs
National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Leadership and career progression: funding to enrol on an NPQ (ML/SL) to achieve a recognised qualification in middle or senior leadership and accelerate the returners potential to progress. Subject to agreement between returners and employing school. Up to £1,300 per returner