Suzy back at the chalkface after 15 years

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A Chesterfield teacher is back in the classroom - resuming her career after 15 years away.

Suzy Badmin-Reynolds, aged 49, is now backing a campaign to get more experienced staff back in schools after long career breaks.

The move is the idea of Barnsley-based recruitment agency Provide Education, which supported Suzy on her return to work.

Suzy qualified as a primary teacher in 1987 and taught until she took a career break to bring up her two sons and concentrate on a property renovation and letting business which she ran with her husband, Graham.

But she decided she’d like to get back into teaching last year.

She said: “It was a daunting prospect at first, but the support I was given by Provide Education was marvellous and I was surprised how quickly I got back in the swing of it. Once a teacher always a teacher I suppose.”

Suzy works as a supply teacher and currently works at two or three on a regular basis, covering for staff sickness and training courses.

“I have some assignments planned well in advance – then sometimes I get urgent requests to work. One day I got a call at 9.55am asking if could teach in a local school that morning and by 10.40am I was stood in front of the class taking the lesson.

“It is great to be able to get work when I can and suits me down to the ground. I am never hassled to take a job either. It is entirely up to me and my availability. I continue to work in the property market and support my teenage sons with their studies.”

Provide Education works with 2,200 teachers helping them to find supply teaching posts - and sometimes permanent jobs - in hundreds of schools across the region.