I have had a wonderful 12 weeks and my class teacher has been very supportive throughout. This week I was offered a NQT position in a local primary school which I have accepted and I start my new job after half term! Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to update my teaching skills!
Our Teach Again Programme participant took on more responsibility over her placement weeks. She worked with all the Y2 team and took on planning linked to all curriculum areas; planned with team members, shared her planning, worked alongside teaching assistants, communicated with parents, covered duties, took on clubs, assessed children’s work and taught a sequence of lessons in maths, English and Science. She has taken on all aspects of school life and has been an asset to have in the classroom.
The experience has been incredible! It’s been wonderful to have Kay give me some hope after my absence from teaching for six years. I’m currently on the books of two agencies and I know I would not have been able to come this far without Kay’s’ help. A huge thank you to Teach Again!
I can’t believe it’s the last week already – it has just gone so fast!The Teach Again programme has given me a real boost to my confidence and it has been great to be part of a team again. I was placed in a hugely supportive Teach Again school with positive and helpful staff who have given me countless opportunities. I have benefited greatly from staff training and the opportunity to get to grips with the changes that have taken place since I last taught. It’s been great to get back into the groove and sharpen my teaching skills in a safe, supportive environment. I would recommend Teach Again and say to anyone embarking on the Teach Again programme to grab the opportunity and make the most of your 12 weeks! I have really enjoyed being back in school and reminding myself why I loved this job in the first place!
Christianne provided an update upon programme completion in January 2017 ” I am supply teaching and so far I am booked as much as I want to be. I have a few local schools who keep asking me back so I must be doing something right! It’s nice to be getting paid now!”
I cannot thank Kay enough for facilitating the Teach Again programme to enable me get back into the profession. She is outstanding and exceptional with swift replies to all my queries and continues to provide an exemplar service. I commend the excellent personal level of attention to detail re individual requirements, and highly recommend the initiative.Riji George-Varughese
I am really looking forward to doing the course at my current school. I will be able to spend my time focusing on those areas which lack recent experience, rather than having to get to know a new school and its systems!Bridget Christie
I secured employment in my placement school and have been working there since Easter. Its been fantastic – I am so glad I did the programme as it’s really what I wanted to do and now I have a healthy income! I know I couldn’t have got a teaching job without the help of the programme and it’s certainly paid off as I recouped the programme fees in my first week of employment! I would recommend doing the programme to anyone as it worked for me and I think having done the programme in my placement school helped them decide to offer me the job. Thank you, Teach Again, thank you!MH
Mine was a particularly challenging situation. Twenty one years ago I qualified as a teacher with QTS but did not complete an NQT year. I had wanted to return to teaching for a number of years but had found it impossible to find a route back in to the profession. I needed experience within a supportive school, where I could become familiar with the changes in curriculum and teaching methods. Then I found Teach Again! Throughout my application Kay has been extremely supportive and encouraging. She has managed to place me in a local school with a very supportive Head teacher- a real achievement considering my situation. I would recommend the Teach Again programme without hesitation to anyone wanting to return to teaching. I will always be very grateful to Teach Again for enabling me to begin my return to teaching, something which at one point seemed an impossible task. Thank you Kay!Natalie Daley
It’s made a big difference explaining to supply agencies that I’ve been on the Teach Again programme. They liked the duration of the programme. Some have their own return to teaching programmes that are short (day or few days max) but that would not have been enough for me to be ready to take on employment as a teacher. You need time to get confidence back. I’m really so happy to be able to work as a teacher after this. I feel I’ve achieved more now than I did qualifying 8 years ago! I thought I would never go back.Thank you so much – the programme suited me perfectly.Zaynab Samy
Kathryn completed her Teach Again programme in June 2016 and has been offered employment at her placement school from September 2016.
Head Teacher Bernie said “It’s gone very well and we are really pleased. I think it’s the fact that you are getting someone who has really thought returning to teaching through, and the recruitment process assured us that we were getting someone of the right caliber with the right qualities and potential. Kathryn has added capacity to our team at no explicit additional cost and it’s made it easy to recruit as with this you get to know the participant’s potential – this way you get a good overview of their capabilities and commitment. We would not have recruited a returning teacher without them having had some recent experience and this way is such a light process we can still evidence all her progress as it’s what we do anyway with all our staff. We are really pleased we have been able to offer Kathryn a 0.6 teaching post from September. We’ve enjoyed being part of the programme and will happily entertain the prospect of another candidate. It works well and fits with our ethos and our commitment to ongoing professional development. It’s an entirely viable means of teacher recruitment.” Kathryn added “I couldn’t have done this without the help of Teach Again. It was so easy handing everything over to Kay to sort for me and although it’s not been easy, I know I wouldn’t have been able to return to teaching without her help. I’m really happy that after ten years out and after only three months of refreshing, I have a job in September!”Kathryn Heseltine
I have taught all year groups and been involved in assessing and marking children’s work, including assessing GCSE coursework. The experience has given me an opportunity to really see what working in a secondary school is like and to see how transferable primary teaching skills are to secondary schools. I feel much more able to approach a secondary situation now and would be confident in applying for jobs knowing that my skills are transferable.
All in all the process has been very enjoyable and informative and staff have been very supportive and encouraging. I’m glad that I have this opportunity to at least test the waters! Thank you once again for organising this placement for me.Abi Jonas
Kay has been extremely helpful. The documents and information she has provided have been excellent and she has always kept in touch, offering support, encouragement and guidance, and responding to my requests for information. The commitment that she shows in the pursuit of providing opportunities to returning teachers is highly commendable and I am looking forward to returning to a career I love! Thank you.MH
Thank you Kay for being so efficient and accommodating throughout this process. I am very excited at the prospect of starting on a not so new career path! Thank you!Abi Jonas
I joined the programme in October 2016 as I wanted to go back to teaching following a 9 year break. My aim was to teach part time, in combination with my other job. I was looking for a sound return to teaching course and discovered Teach Again. The registration was straightforward, and very quickly, I was contacted by Kay and by my coordinator, and a good school was found for me in my area. The programme went very smoothly and was tailored to my needs. I have just completed the programme and received a completion certificate. I have now registered with two supply agencies and am ready to start teaching again. I am very grateful for this new opportunity, thanks to Kay and the “Teach Again” Team!Nathalie Riga
Thank you for the support you have given. I look forward to starting in February at SMSJ school! I also want to say you have a very good team, Helen is an absolutely marvelous person to have met and she fully supported me throughout the process of getting a placement. Thank you again!Naheed Khan
The Teach Again School Experience Programme has really been a great experience for me as I was really struggling to get a placement to complete my qualification as a teaching assistant. Kay has managed the whole process very well and kept me updated with information throughout in finding me placement. I am very happy with the way Teach Again helps students to get in to experiencing the school life as a teacher/teaching assistant. Kay has been very professional and very helpful and I am looking forward to having this experience. I would like to say thanks to Teach Again and to Kay for all the help she has put into this.Salmah Khan
I love this programme! Two of my ex colleagues want to return to teaching too so I have passed on the programme information to them. We are many in this situation and this is our saving grace: Teach Again!Guitto Zagbayou
I am so happy that I am attending the ” Teach Again ” programme and would like say thank you for everything.
I am a bit nervous – but also very excited!
My goal was to be able to gain confidence in order to return to teaching as a TA. Thanks to Kay’s great choice of school and preparation I settled in very well to my placement. The program allowed me to participate in various subjects and teaching experiences and I enjoyed my time at the school and gained a lot from it. During my placement Kay provided constant emotional support and coaching and always kept in contact with me. At the end of the program I was able to find employment, which suits my teaching preferences and location. I would definitely recommend Teach Again as it is professional, reliable, and thanks to its Director has a very ‘human touch’.Jadwiga Roskowska
Teach Again was a super opportunity for the school to work with colleagues who wish to return to the profession after a period of absence. Both the school and the Teach Again applicant were in the unique position of it only being of benefit to all parties concerned. Our personal experience was amazing and, if we could, we would have offered a full time position to the applicant. As it is we are delighted to have been able to offer Sheree a part time temporary contract in the Autumn term.Claire Mullane
I decided to approach Teach Again because I want to return to the teaching profession. The company sourced appropriate schools within my area, and were able to help me successfully gain a school placement which is due to start in September 2016. I found the experience of dealing with Teach Again Ltd to be entirely pleasant. Due to the friendly, approachable, and above all, professional nature of the company, I would definitely recommend Teach Again Ltd to people wanting to return to the teaching profession.Anthony Cox
‘ Woohoo! Just secured my placement for 12 weeks in a North-East community school. Thank you Kay and Teach Again for all your expertise and hardwork at making the daunting prospect of getting back into teaching seamless and quick. From when I contacted you before Christmas to start the process, I have had nothing but the most professional and informative experience. Through each and every step of the way, I’ve been guided and supported, kept well informed with updates and words of encouragement. Thank you so much, looking forward to the next step of getting back into teaching.’
June 2016: Sheree has since been offered maternity cover at her placement school during the Autumn term, as the Head of the English Department.Sheree Matthews
Re A school perspective on placing a returning teacher on the Teach Again programme:
“It’s win win for us. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain!”Head Teacher