With the current challenges faced by schools, you might think it is time that you should step back into the classroom to help. The future of young people and their learning potential seems under more threat than ever, and there is much need for talented professionals to return. Indeed, this is a decision that many thousands of teachers are considering. Fortunately, there are advisers and resources available to help with this move.
The Department for Education has been aware for a while that they are losing teachers. They have been informed by most stakeholders that the reason for this is the terrible work-life balance for teachers. The DfE has responded with a programme that aims to reduce teacher workload, including the release of the workload reduction school kit.
The DfE has also been encouraging school leaders to offer more flexible working opportunities for staff. There are notable benefits for flexible working for the individual and the school – and the government is expected to provide further guidance on this in the autumn term.
If you are a teacher of maths, physics or MFL, then you could receive one-to-one support from the Return to Teaching Adviser.
Returning to your pension
If you are thinking of returning to teaching, you will be re-enrolled in the teachers’ pension scheme. If this is within 5 years of your leaving, you will return on the same terms as you left. If you have been out of teaching for more than 5 years, you will be re-enrolled on the career average pension scheme. If you would like some advice on what this means, you could speak to an independent financial adviser.
The content in this article was correct on 5th September 2020. You should not rely on this article to make important financial decisions. Teachers Financial Planning offers advice on your teachers’ pension scheme, as well as financial matters in general. Please use the contact form below to arrange an informal chat with an advisor and see how we can help you.