Teaching is a unique job. It’s one of the few careers that values the special mix of skills, knowledge, interests and experience, supporting you to make the most of your talents.

Teachers learn something new every day: how to be a leader, how to connect with students, how to make a difference, and much more.

If you’re a qualified teacher who switched career paths after graduation, or if you have been away from teaching for a while, it’s never too late to get back into teaching in Scotland. There are even ‘return to teaching’ refresher courses available to help you on your return journey.

Find out more about what you need to do to return to teaching in Scotland.

Being a Teacher

Education is about more than just academia. Whether you’ve worked in another profession or you have a fascinating hobby, your skills could help give students a more rounded education.

The Scottish government emphasises the importance of continued professional development (CPD). The CPD Framework is intended to help teachers identify and access relevant, high-quality development opportunities that enable teachers to reach their full potential.

In addition to 35 hours of CPD per year, teachers in Scotland have the right to an annual Professional Review and Development Interview, during which they can discuss strengths and areas of development with staff mentors, helping teachers develop in their role.

Additional Resources

Whether you are a teacher living in elsewhere but looking for a change, or considering returning to teaching, we have the information you need to start your journey.

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