6 ideas for education-based careers that aren’t teaching

The teaching sector has changed so much in the last ten years you now have a myriad of ways to keep using your hard-earned expertise in a new way.  If you are looking for a change of pace but don’t want to move away from teaching all together, why not consider one of these moves?

1. Supply

This is a common and obvious move for experienced teachers who want a better work-life mix and can be flexible on which days they work.  Once you have registered with an agency and undergone the DBS checking, you can be deployed at short notice to a wide range of age groups and settings.

Suits you if: you can hit the ground running in a new environment, you communicate well, you can apply behaviour policies to lead a new class quickly, you can innovate and improvise well.

Our advice: use an agency who pays you via PAYE and avoid umbrella companies!

Search supply roles here.

2. Part time in this or another phase – like FE or secondary

Some phases and institutions have more of a part-time and job share culture than others so it’s worth your while investigating. Many further education colleges and training providers need teachers for evening classes or to deliver training in workplaces.

Suits you if:  You would like the flexibility of short term contracts, varying environments, changing age groups, you’re considering evening work.

Our advice: Volunteer to get a real understanding of the role – different phases can be another world!

Search FE roles here.

3. Training – university Initial Teacher Training courses like the PGCE

Many lecturers delivering Initial Teacher Training in universities are ex-teachers. You would normally need to have a long and strong time in teaching behind you to qualify.

Suits you if:  You have exceptional subject knowledge as well as a flair for motivating exhausted trainee teachers!

Our advice: speak to your local university about their expectations and register your interest – a position might come up in the next few years.

4. Social support roles working with children

Children’s services such as ARC Counselling or Relate provide absolutely critical services, normally to the children most in need.  If you have a background in working with children and a particularly relevant degree, many organisations will train you in counselling and offer annual CPD.

Suits you if: you are strong on the pastoral side of teaching, have a psychology degree or counselling qualification and are relentlessly understanding – and resilient.

Our advice: Your local council can give you a register of local children’s services, including charities.

5. Working for a union or teaching trade body

The education industry has a plethora of national bodies, trade bodies and trade unions now, representing teachers, leaders and all manner of school groups. As a result, they carry out a range of functions from legal representation of teachers, lobbying parliament and arranging online surveys to event management and defending high-profile public demonstrations to the press. Experience ‘in the field’ is invaluable.

Suits you if: you have a passion for the political landscape and other skills such as a pre-teaching background in marketing, journalism, acquisition, finance, law or customer services.

Our advice: Investigate which unions and teaching trade bodies are in your commutable region. Your CV must be hot for these vacancies so show how your skills translate to business strengths.

6. MAT and group services

Schools groups and multi-academy trusts are a relatively new but rapidly growing construct within the education sector. They may be a group of 2 or 20 schools headed up from a central school or an outside office which may or may not be in the same geographical region as its member schools. Their buying power as a large consumer means they use business managers, recruitment experts, payroll services and other central functions to collectively save money for their member schools.

Suits you if: you could perform a specialist role within the school community e.g. recruiting for schools – so you are able to combine previous skills. For example, if you were in marketing then teaching, your skills could be put to very good use creating their social marketing campaigns.

Our advice: Search Eteach.com for non-teaching roles with MATs and school groups – we don’t just advertise teaching jobs!

Search School Business Manager roles here or alternatively run your own search here.


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Author: Katie Newell

Katie Newell

Katie Newell BA(Hons) PGCE is an ex-primary school teacher, Head of Maths, Head of Year five and languages specialist. Katie qualified in Psychology at Liverpool then specialised in Primary Languages for her PGCE at Reading. Before teaching, Katie was a financial commentator and is now the Content Manager for Eteach.com and Fejobs.com. Katie feels passionately that teachers are the unsung heroes of society; that opening minds to creative timetabling could revolutionise keeping women in teaching, and that a total change to pupil feedback is the key to solving the work life balance issue for the best job in the world.

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5 thoughts on “6 ideas for education-based careers that aren’t teaching

  1. Hi

    I have read the blog about the 6 different career options still within the education sector however I’m a little taken aback at the comment below:

    ‘opening minds to creative timetabling could revolutionise keeping women in teaching’

    I am a male primary school teacher. Why is this just aimed at women?

  2. I am looking to leave the teaching profession so was interested inthis article but found the first set of suggestions still involve teaching. This is disappointing.

  3. Karlos, it is aimed at women because women with children are significantly more likely to leave their jobs due to child care demands than men, I’m sorry that’s just a fact at the moment.

  4. I left full time Geography teaching 30 years ago but have used it in almost every job since – none of which are suggested here. I’ve been:
    – an Info and Education Officer for a charity (included INSET, creating teaching resources and giving talks at schools)
    – A similar role to above for a private company (promoting use of satellite imagery when it was new)
    – A TEFL teacher in Italy
    – A teacher (& manager) at an Urban Studies Centre (like field studies but more wide ranging)
    – An outreach worker for a Council giving presentations about environmental issues and later on, political changes in the admin of the area
    – An outreach worker facilitating community groups and helping them grow and develop their own systems of management
    – Lots of voluntary roles including facilitating regular meetings with group learning as an outcome
    Basically you can do almost anything once you’ve been a teacher! (Just swap geography for your own subject area above, and think about what you could do instead!}

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