Reconnect with Teaching

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Reconnect with the career you love. If you’re in London or the South West, we can help you retrain as a teacher and find your ideal role.

  • Support for all qualified teachers to get back into the classroom.
  • Refresh your subject knowledge with tailored training.
  • Find the right role via our network of schools.
  • Transform the education of disadvantaged children.
  • Accelerate your teaching career with ongoing support.
Duration
Rolling throughout the year.
Applications open soon

Return to teaching with the support you need to find a role where you can make a difference.

Benefits

Support for qualified teachers to retrain as a teacher

Don’t go it alone - reconnect with teaching with our support. We’ll help you build your confidence and expand your teaching knowledge, and we’ll work hard to find the right role for you.

Refresh your subject knowledge with tailored training

Returning to teaching after a time away can seem daunting. If we feel that you’ll benefit from it, you’ll have the opportunity to catch up on your subject quickly with a subject-knowledge enhancement course. You’ll also have access to a dedicated Teach First contact who can answer any questions you may have and help you make an action plan for your return to teaching as you retrain as a teacher.

Find the right role via our network of schools

All teaching jobs are different, and it can be hard to find your perfect fit. Because our nationwide network of schools includes many in London and the South West,we can find a role that suits your career aspirations and lifestyle. Tell us what your priorities are in continuing your career in teaching and we’ll take care of the rest.

Transform the education of disadvantaged children

Great teaching is always transformative – this is never truer than when you work with the kids who stand to gain the most from it. Our partner schools serve some of the poorest communities in Britain, where a good education can be the way for children to have a fair chance in life. If you want to make a difference when you retrain as a teacher, we can help you find a meaningful and fulfilling place back at the front of the classroom.

Accelerate your career with ongoing support

We don’t stop working on your behalf when you’re placed in one of our partner schools. Throughout your career, we’ll help to ensure you have the opportunities and support you need to reach your long-term goals. 

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Programme

Reconnect with Teaching is tailored to your needs from day one. We’ll start by finding out what support you need to retrain as a teacher – whether that’s topping up your knowledge on the new GSCE marking system or getting a refresher on your trigonometry. All you need to do is fill out a form to tell us where you need extra support.

You can sign up at any time – applications are rolling throughout the year. Submit an online application today to take the first step on your journey to Reconnect with Teaching. We’ll ask you for some basic information, then one of our team will be in touch to talk through what you’re looking for and discuss next steps.

How long will the process take?

After you’ve signed up we’ll find out more about the support you need. We’ll then be able to give you an idea of how long it’s likely to take to get you back into school. When we’ve found the right school for you we can look for opportunities for you to start at the beginning of any term. We can also be flexible around your preferred timelines.

Attend an interview at a school

Whilst you’re getting back up to speed we’ll be working in the background to find you a role in a school that best suits you. We’ll check with you before arranging an interview –and help you prepare.Here are a few videos that will give you an idea of what the process is like:

Get prepared for school

Once we know what you need, we’ll build you a tailored plan with actions to complete ahead of starting in your new school. This might include:

  • Completing a subject-knowledge enhancement course.
  • Accessing our suite of online resources.
  • Attending a subject-specific preparation event.

Receive ongoing support

Even after you’re settled back into the classroom, we’ll continue to help you progress in your career. You’ll be able to accelerate your teaching career towards your long-term goals, with support delivered through our regular career development opportunities and our network of over 10,000 ambassadors who you’ll join.

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Impact

By returning to teaching, you can have a massive impact on children’s lives, and help us challenge educational inequality. You’ll also reconnect with a rewarding career, with plenty of support from us along the way.

Transformation

We played our part in transforming London from one of the worst performing school areas to the best-performing, having placed more than 5,000 teachers there since 2003.We’re now aiming to do the same across England and Wales.

Improvement

An independent report by the Institute of Education found that schools working with Teach First improved their GCSE scores, and concluded that the presence of Teach First teachers, "raises the teaching standards of those who teach alongside them.”

Career success

More than a third of the headteachers who have come through the Teach First scheme have returned to teaching after gaining experience elsewhere.

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I realised that, if I wanted to have the greatest possible impact on children’s lives, I needed to go back into teaching.
Mei Lim,
Teach First Ambassador and headteacher
Weyfield Primary Academy, Guildford
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