Return to teaching FAQ’s

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.

see our teacher testimonial page to find out more or click here to register

4myschools Chief Executive Simone Payne was on the BBC news  

Here we try to help you decide whether returning to teaching is right for you

Will I need to complete pre-employment checks (e.g. – DBS


Yes, KCSIE stipulates we must do this and there have been no relaxtions of the rules. we will be able to let you know if you need to undertake any new DBS
check and help you through the process to register.

Who pays for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check?

We hoped the DfE would make DBS checks for retired teachers helping the national effort free of chage but sadly this did not happen. A new enhanced DBS within child workforce costs £40 plus £6.50 transactional fee for the company who provides our checks. This DBS will be delivered to your house and will belong to you. We will encourage you to join the update service so you never need a new certificate again.

How much will I get paid?

You will recive a daily rate dependant on your specialism, key stage and area you will work. If you continue to work with us beyond 12 weeks you will be paid parity with other teacher in the school subject to agency workers regulations

Will my teachers’ pension be impacted?

Teacher Supply agencies cannot participate in the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS)
and therefore returning to teaching in this way will not affect your pension

What information will 4myschools need?

Evidence that you have a suitable qualifications and or experience, Information to verify your identity and right to work, proof of address,   Information to enable references to be taken. please see our full vetting proceedure here

What information will the school need?

We will liaise with the school on your behalf. You will not need to provide
information to the school directly.

How do I find out about the school that I will be teaching in?

You will be provided with relevant information about the school prior to the start of the
placement. We will work with you to understand your experience and
preferences. This will help us find appropriate placements for you.

I only want to teach for 1 or 2 days a week. Is that ok?

Yes, you can work as much or as little as you would like

You can be flexible in your approach to work. Whether it’s one day a week or five, your
help will be invaluable at this time.

How quickly will I be placed?

This is dependant on many things like references, DBS requirements and your flexibility. We have placed some teachers in one day others have taken several weeks to clear through our refencing and DBS process.

I’m not a teacher but I’d like to work in a school, say as a
teaching assistant?

Schools are often looking for support staff both on a temporary basis and
permanently, many retired teachers prefer this work.

I’m an ex-teacher in a college. Can I find a college or school to work in?

Yes, we can help with this

I am an ex-early years practitioner. Can I find an early-years
setting to work in?

Yes we can find you work in primary schools

I have many questions about Covid in schools can you help with this.

Yes, we are in daily contact with our schools and can talk you through any concerns or queeries

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!