Retired teachers asked to get back into teaching

The Government is asking retired teachers who have the skills and time to return to the classroom to sign up from today.

4myschools is one of a few agencies who are on the Government framework and offer schools best value for money and have been accredited and audited by professional auditors.

4myschools have been supporting teachers since 2008 many of them retired who want flexibility.

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4myschools Chief Executive Simone Payne was on the BBC news today along with a newly registered retired teacher Jerry Church from Essex who has signed up with 4myschools to help schools stay open.

Jerry told the BBC “I’ve been triple-jabbed, so I’m quite happy to go back and help out. You test yourself each day. I’m happy to put my head over the parapet and help out.”

Mr Church already has a DBS check on the update service, so dependant on speed of references we will be able to place Jerry very quickly in January.

New DBS checks are now returning much quicker and so we are confident we can support retired teachers and support staff who want to help.

The Omicron variant is expected to continue to cause increased staff absence levels in the spring term, and some local areas may struggle to find sufficient numbers of supply teachers available unless former staff come forward.

It remains important the same comprehensive checks go ahead as they always would for anyone working with children. Potential teachers are therefore encouraged to get the process started as soon as possible and ideally before Christmas Eve to be ready to join the workforce from January.

Those who are recently retired, or trained as a teacher and moved career, are asked to consider whether they can find even a day a week for the spring term to help protect face-to-face education.

Targeted communications has gone out across a range of government, stakeholder and direct channels to encourage those eligible to apply.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:

It has been my absolute priority since day one in the role to do everything in my power to protect education – which is why today I am asking any teachers no longer in the profession to come forward if they are available to temporarily fill absences inthe new year. Please click here to read the full article 

Have you ever thought; I’d love to be a teacher, but I don’t know where to start?  

4myschools also need support staff such as cover supervisors or teaching assistants to help schools stay open 

Have you had a successful career in a different field and now want to bring those skills to teaching?  

There are many options to get into teaching or  teaching assisstant work in schools without holding Qualified Teacher Status 

Different routes to getting into Teaching: 

What is an Instructor? 

Instructors are ‘unqualified teachers’; who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status, but who have the qualifications and experience and expertise in the subject they teach.  

Instructors can be employed to teach any subject, including vocational training, providing that they hold the skills deemed necessary, through experience or qualification, by the school or local authority.  

Many academies, free schools and private schools have seen that children benefit greatly from learning languages from Instructors who hold the language as a mother-tongue, drama from theatrical performers, business and economics from entrepreneurs and woodwork from carpenters.   

Liz, one of the 4myschools Instructors has said; “I have a degree in MFL, and I have worked in schools for a number of years. I started off as a cover supervisor specialising in languages. After registering with 4myschools I quickly progressed to the role of instructor which has helped me gain useful skills in the classroom. I am now looking forward to starting my teacher training in September.” 


What is a Cover Supervisor? 

A Cover Supervisor is an adult in a classroom usually a Secondary School. They are in front of the children and are responsible for behaviour management and ensuring the work set gets completed of whichever lesson they are covering.  

However, a Cover Supervisor will only deliver the lesson that has been set for the class, and will not be involved with planning, preparation, or assessment of learning.  

What do I need to be a Cover Supervisor? 

Have some experience working with children 

Have some experience supporting children on a one-to-one basis 

Be confident with your behaviour management techniques 

Be flexible; every day will be different! 

Enjoy being with young people  

A sense of humour 

What is a Teaching Assistant?  

A Teaching Assistant (sometimes known as a Classroom Assistant) is a person who supports learners in the classroom, generally in a Primary School.  

Often, they will take small groups to support learning in Reading, Writing and Maths and feedback to the Teacher as to how the children have progressed.   

Teaching Assistants will also help with setting up the classroom, putting out worksheets and resources and helping clear up.  

What do I need to be a Teaching Assistant?  

Have some experience working with children; preferably aged 3-11 years old 

Have some experience supporting children on a one-to-one basis 

Be confident with your behaviour management techniques 

Be flexible; every day will be different! 

I want to get into teaching – How can 4myschools help me?  

4myschools work with Primary and Secondary State Schools, Private Schools, Independent Schools and Academies who are all looking for people like you to take the first steps into a rewarding career in education. 

We work with many schools that can offer voluntary work and training for unqualified teachers and support staff looking to gain more experience. We also work with schools that have training programs in place for Cover Supervisors and Teaching Assistants to gain more experience in the classroom.  

To find out more, please see The Department for Education Website: Get into Teaching: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching

To find out what opportunities are available locally click here or call 4myschools on 01245 373425 to speak to one of our friendly consultants!