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Returning to Practice arrangements only apply to two registrant groups: school teacher and further education teacher.

During the course of your career, many practitioners may choose not to work as a school or further education teacher for an extended period of time.
When you wish to return to work as an education practitioner, it is important that you are fully prepared and that your knowledge and skills are up to date.

What do you need to do?

If you are applying for registration in the school teacher category (with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)) and gained QTS more than 5 years ago but have not worked as a qualified teacher in the UK, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or overseas in the last five years, the Returning to Practice criteria apply to you.

If you are applying for registration in the further education teacher category and have not worked as an FE teacher (lecturer) in the UK, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or overseas in the last five years or, you do not have at least three years relevant industrial, professional or business experience gained in the last 5 years then the Returning to Practice criteria apply to you.

If you are currently undergoing or about to commence training on a post-compulsory initial teacher training course at an accredited provider in Wales or England you are exempt from the Returning to Practice requirements.

If the Returning to Practice scheme applies to you, you MUST complete a period of updating of at least 10 full days (or equivalent). Please refer to the scheme guidance here and complete the period of updating form which will need to accompany your application for registration.

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