Sandwell Academy is one of only a handful of schools across England to be
selected for an innovative pilot scheme designed to help teachers return to
the profession after a career break.
The Return to Teaching programme is designed to support those who would
like to return to the profession and rekindle their passion for teaching.
With benefits including flexible working, an acclimatisation period and
training to bring skills back up to speed, the programme is designed to
make the process of return as easy as possible.
Sandwell Academy Headteacher Ian Williams said: “Many teachers put their
career on hold to raise children or care for family. After a career break,
returning to the profession can seem daunting.
“We are one of only a handful of schools to currently offer the Return to
Teaching programme, which provides the best opportunity for those who have
had a break to care for others to get back into the classroom at the top of
their game. Participants will have the school’s full support and benefit
from a mentor, training and progression opportunities.”
The programme is currently available to secondary qualified teachers in
Science, English, Mathematics, MFL and Humanities.
In order to qualify for the Return to Teaching programme, applicants must
be qualified teachers who have previously been employed as a teacher in the
English state secondary sector but are not currently in a permanent
teaching role in the state sector.
The programme is specifically focused at ‘out of contract’ teachers who
have taken a career break of any length to focus on caring
responsibilities, and who are now looking to return.
Sandwell Academy is hosting a drop-in Return to Teaching launch event for
teachers interested in the programme on Tuesday 26 June between 12noon –
To register an interest in attending the event and for more details about
the programme, please email
and include your name, subject area and approximate time you intend to
arrive. If you are interested in the programme but are unable to attend,
please email with your potential availability on other days. To speak to
someone about the programme, call 0121 525 1700. More information is also
available at www.sandwellacademy.com