Returning to teaching course
This is a blended 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 begins in September 2020.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
This 10 weeks course will run from 11 September 2020 to 27 November 2020 in a blended online learning format. The course usually includes two in-person sessions normally held at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. Due to current circumstances the face-to-face sessions will not take place. The content from the face-to-face sessions will be uploaded onto Moodle, our online learning platform. We will review this decision according to the government guidance on social distancing.
Please see below for an indication of the sessions included in the course.
Week 0 (online) from Friday 11 September
|Introduction to Returning to Teaching (RTT) and the landscape of Education in Scotland|
Week 1 from Friday 18 September
|Professional Values Professional Standards Learning for Sustainability The National Attainment Challenge|
|Week 2 (online) from Friday 25 September||Introduction to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence: principles, design and purpose|
|Week 3 (online) from Friday 2 October||Curriculum for Excellence / Curriculum for Excellence in Practice / Critical literacy in the classroom|
|Week 4 (online) from Friday 9 October||Curriculum for Excellence / The planning process|
|Catch up week from Friday 16 October||
Time to catch up on readings or engage in additional readings on the subject of your choice
|Week 5 (online) from Friday 23 October||Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Child Protection Mentally Healthy School|
|Week 6 (online) from Friday 30 October||Equality, Race, Diversity|
|Week 7 (online) from Friday 6 November||
Inclusive Pedagogies / Additional Support Needs (ASN), policies and practice
|Week 8 (online) from Friday 13 November||Positive behaviour strategies / Restorative Practice|
|Week 9 (online) from Friday 20 November||Assessment as and for Learning|
Week 10 from Friday 27 November
Job applications / Professional Learning and Leadership Development
2019/20 course fees and application form
The fee is £450 for courses running during the 2020-21 academic year. Please register and proceed with payment using the link below.
Deadline for booking is Friday 21 August 2020.
Please contact Steph Donneadieu at email@example.com with any inquiries regarding this course .
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Return to Teaching videos
Videos from Rosa Murray (the course organiser), John Swinney (MSP and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) and previous course participants.
Quotations from previous participants
I had a wonderful experience during the RTT course-2019. This course has made me more confident about the know-how of Scottish Education system (laws & policies) in a broader and more structured way.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel motivated and enthusiastic about returning to teaching. The clips and presentations were excellent, and extremely helpful.
Without the RTT course, I wouldn’t have been back in teaching. Such a valuable course, thanks to all who made it happen.
I found the course refreshing and highly beneficial. The material was a great mix of policy, principles, progress and passion – essential for those returning. So much has changed and its good to know Moray House, the GTCS and the teaching profession have our backs.
The RTT course has helped me go straight in [to teaching] after a 13 year break on curriculum, pedagogy, formative assessment, active and collaborative learning, classroom management and planning for different learning needs. It's tough but rewarding and I'm surviving just fine.
I am very satisfied for the understanding that doing the course has given me of what is required of teaching in Scotland and how the course was delivered as it made it easier for me to study online and on my own time.