Committing to a formal qualification whilst on parental leave might feel a bit daunting… or is it the perfect opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream of further study? Some institutions, like the Open University, might be more flexible than others, but below are a selection of MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers who are taking advantage of their time out of the classroom by completing recognised qualifications and accreditations.
Look out for the Twitter handles of those MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers who are happy to give you more information about their experiences.
Emma Sheppard is a secondary English teacher and is working with her school and MAT to formalise her Lead Practitioner accreditation. Whilst on maternity leave with her first child, she is gathering evidence of previous LP experience, and attending meetings (with baby!) to better understand the format of the LP qualification.
Chartership and Chartered Teacher status is offered by a number of professional associations that promote excellence in the teaching and learning of their subject. Click on the links below to understand more about working towards chartered status, and how an application could fit around your family commitments:
- Chartered Linguist
- Chartered Mathematics Teacher
- Chartered Teacher of English
- The PSHE Association’s Chartered Teacher Programme
- The Royal Geographic Society’s Chartered Geographer (Teacher)
- Historical Association Teacher Fellowship
- Chartered Science Teacher – awarded by multiple bodies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Association for Science Education, and the Royal Society of Biology.
These associations also provide great CPD and networking opportunities separate to their Charterships, so enjoy exploring their sites to see what they could offer you whilst you are away from the classroom.