I have been off work since March, I am primary trained.
I left a job under very difficult circumstances in February, I was bullied and put on capability, my union advised me to leave. My reference is not brilliant - the school and my union were unhelpful in negotiating this.
Following this I briefly did supply, until I became too unwell to work. I was diagnosed with depression, OCD and ? personality disorder and spent time in a psychiatric unit.
I am now thinking about going back to work and I am unsure about what to do. My CPN and psychologist are supportive of this, I need to fit in seeing them once a week each although the times can be reasonably flexible.
I don't want to work full time, I know this will limit me but I am ok with that, we can afford it and after my last job the thought of full time fills me with dread, the job situation is ok where I live.
My choices are: a, supply - good because I can choose where/when, I am concerned though about not always being available, if I was offered a full week of supply I would struggle to accept it b, work as a TA to build up my confidence (until Sept 13?) and do some supply and apply for a September job as a teacher c, apply for jobs now as and when they come up d, give up teaching and become a TA permenantly
Ny advice would be to go for the TA and rebuild your confidence at being in the school environment again. Supply can be VERY stressful with unfamiliar routines/colleagues/pupils - if you're not feeling 100% then this could be a demoralising option. If you went down the temporary TA route, you could decide if the responsibility of teaching is what you actually like/need.