Moray House School of Education and Sport

Returning to teaching course

This is an online course aimed at teachers who have been out of the profession for a while or have graduated abroad and would like to get back into a teaching job in Scotland. Our next course will run in January 2022.

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Moray House School of Education and Sport, in partnership with our six partner authorities (City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian) is offering this online Returning to Teaching course for primary and secondary teachers. 

The course is designed for professionals who have a teaching qualification but have had a career break or are new to the Scottish Education system.

You can find further information on the course by visiting our FAQ page

It is a requirement to be eligible for registration with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland). If you are not already registered, please contact the GTCS at:

or phone 0131 314 6000.


The course will be most relevant for:

  • Those wishing to return to teaching in Scotland after a period away from the profession.
  • Those wishing to teach in Scotland for the first time from both Primary and Secondary sectors.
  • Those who wish to engage with the course to support a Professional Update submission to the GTCS.
  • Teachers in the independent sector to support a potential GTCS registration application.

Course aims

  • Understand and engage with current National Education Policy and the Professional Teaching Standards in Scotland, providing teachers with information on recent changes in national priorities.
  • Work collaboratively to develop an awareness of professional identity and teacher professionalism, discovering yourself as a learner and as a practitioner committed to career long professional learning.
  • Develop a critical awareness of own values, beliefs and practices and how these align with the Professional Standards and current educational policy in Scotland.
  • Consider and engage with key areas of social justice and equality in the classroom and develop thinking and strategies for a socially just classroom.
  • Understand key legal and policy requirements relating to inclusive policies and strategies in school to address barriers to learning.
  • To advise on current curriculum guidelines and their implications for professional practice.
  • To increase confidence in completing applications and preparing for interview.

Course delivery

This 10-week course runs in a blended online learning format but due to Covid we have been unable to offer the two in-person sessions normally held at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh.

We are hoping to offer them again but this will depend on the Scottish Government guidance and we will only be able to confirm closer to the start of the course whether they are going ahead. Those face-to-face sessions are not compulsory and the content from the sessions is available on Moodle,  our online learning platform. 

Please see below for an indication of the sessions included in the course. Each new week starts on a Friday.

Week 0 (online)

Introduction to Returning to Teaching (RTT) and the landscape of Education in Scotland

Week 1 (online)

Professional Values Professional Standards Learning for Sustainability The National Attainment Challenge

Week 2 (online)

Introduction to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence: principles, design and purpose

Week 3 (online)

Curriculum for Excellence / Curriculum for Excellence in Practice / Critical literacy in the classroom

Week 4 (online)

Curriculum for Excellence  / The planning process

Catch-up week

Time to catch up on readings or engage in additional readings on the subject of your choice or even take a break.

 Week 5 (online)

 Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Child Protection Mentally Healthy School

Week 6 (online)

Equality, Race, Diversity

Week 7 (online)

Inclusive Pedagogies / Additional Support Needs (ASN), policies and practice

Week 8 (online)

Positive behaviour strategies / Restorative Practice

Week 9 (online)

Assessment as and for Learning

Week 10 (online)

Job applications / Professional Learning and Leadership Development

You can find further information about the course by visiting our FAQ page

Booking information

The  course fee is £450 

The September course is now FULLY BOOKED.

The next course will run from January 2022. The dates will be advertised on this page once they are confirmed.

If you would like to be emailed about the next course please fill in the form below.

Returning to Teaching Course - Note of Interest 2021-22

If you have any inquiries regarding this course please email us at:

Booking Terms

The course fee is non-refundable. The Professional Learning Office operates a cancellation policy to ensure that delegates are not disadvantaged by the last minute cancellation of courses due to withdrawals making the course unviable. 

We will use your personal data to allow us to process your registration, communicate with you and obtain your feedback about this course. We are processing the information about you for these purposes because by registering for the course you give your consent for us to do so.

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Details of Epay’s privacy policy

We will not share information about you with any other third party.

We will hold the personal data you provided us for 12 months after course completion. If you have agreed to be contacted about future events, we will hold your personal data for as long as you subscribe to these updates. Financial data such as a payment record will be held for 7 years. We do not use profiling or automated decision-making processes.

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Quotations from previous participants

It has highlighted and given me a clearer understanding of current issues in the Scottish education system.  I have gained a wealth of knowledge and a supportive group of colleagues to work  collaboratively with in the future.

Course participant, 2021

The course has given me much more confidence than I previously had. I feel secure in my knowledge of current policies and practices.

Course participants, 2020

The course was well lead, very supportive and manageable despite working full time and having a family. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone considering a return to teaching to complete this course (actually I think it should be compulsory).

Course participant, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel motivated and enthusiastic about returning to teaching. The clips and presentations were excellent, and extremely helpful.

Course Participant, 2019

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