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Business & New Career Opportunities

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The following businesses and organisations value the transferable skills that teachers have. Some have been set up by ex-teachers and may have franchises opportunities. Other businesses may offer new career opportunities. You can read more about these opportunities and by clicking on the Franchise Opportunities or Other Opportunities links/images below.

Franchise Opportunities

Some ex-teachers have set up their own businesses and now offer franchise opportunities in a variety of areas. Franchises have business models that have been tested and have already proven themselves to be effective so this increases your chances of success.

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Other Opportunities

The Other Jobs Teachers Can Do page will help shed some light on what other jobs you can do apart from teaching. There, you can find out information about new career opportunities with the businesses shown here.

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Business Opportunities - art-K logo

art-K provides children with a rounded art education in drawing, painting and 3D modelling. Their art class environment is encouraging, inclusive and non-competitive. This allows every student to go at their own pace, developing their unique skill-set. Find out more at the art-K franchise website.

Business Opportunities -  Tappy Toes Logo

Multi Award Winning baby and toddler dance franchise, Tappy Toes, has several ex-teachers within their network. Founder, Claire Munday, said ’Teachers make fantastic Tappy Toes business owners, they have an amazing work ethic and all the skills needed to run our classes successfully!’  Find out more at or book a call with founder and CEO, Claire Munday, at 

Business Opportunities - The Reading Doctor Logo

The Reading Doctor offer one to one private reading tuition throughout the UK. Our unique model offers a bespoke one-to-one intervention programme delivered from a Reading Room in a Reading Doctor’s home or in schools for children with a reading age of 12.0 years or below. Their methods focus on children who are struggling with learning to read.

Business Opportunities - MagiKats Tuition Centres logo

MagiKats Tuition Centres offers you the chance to build a substantial business whilst giving back to the community by educating the next generation in maths, English and reasoning. If you are in education but want to regain control of your “free” time then MagiKats could be for you.

Business Opportunities - Language for Fun logo

Language for Fun was created when Jessica Bonnard realised that traditional teaching methods in adult education weren’t supporting adults to talk confidently. Language for Fun have helped more than 70 linguists set up profitable companies teaching French, Spanish and Italian to adults all over the UK.

New Career Opportunities - Catherine Gladwyn logo

Are you considering leaving the profession, but don’t know what else to do? Meet Catherine Gladwyn, an ex-teacher who now helps women around the globe turn their teaching skills into a fulfilling and flexible career as a Virtual Assistant. Becoming a Virtual Assistant is a great way to break away from the stress, underpayment, and confinement of a classroom, while still finding rewarding work that fits the life YOU want with no financial sacrifice – in fact you’ll be working less hours!

Business Opportunities - The Phonics Fox logo

At The Phonics Fox, they are passionate about teaching young children to read and helping them to develop the skills they need to write. They believe it is never too early to start their literacy journey which begins and continues with the exciting world of books. The Phonics Fox bring together phonics teaching as a part and literacy teaching as a whole to create a truly enjoyable learning experience.

Wizziwoos‘ mission is to develop financial literacy from an early age (so that our future adults don’t face the same struggles as us). They would love to hear from you if you are outgoing, bubbly and care about the future of our children. You will want to have a role where you make a difference and enjoy making learning fun. There’s a special magic when you use the Wizziwoos formula!

If you are looking for a change in career, have you ever considered a career as a Software Developer?  You have more transferrable skills than you know. 

Summit To Tech offer a 12 week, intensive remote learning journey with their skilled instructors to give you the best possible foundation for a career in tech.

diddi dance advert

If you love working with children and seeing them physically active then a diddi dance business in a box could be for you. diddi dance provides classes for boys and girls aged five and under, and can be hired for parties, as well as nursery and school sessions. Online classes and SEND sessions provide extra revenue streams alongside the growing merchandise provision.

Boogie Beat Music and Movement logo

Boogie Beat Music and Movement offer children’s classes, workshops in early years settings, Intergenerational sessions and parties across the UK.

Bringing traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes with a lively and active dance twist, props and of course lots of fun!

Business Opportunities - Logo for Little Voices

With schools under pressure to focus on the core subjects, music & drama are falling off the curriculum. Little Voices are looking for people who share their values and passion for the performing arts and child development to join their award-winning team of franchisees.

Living Learning English is a UK-wide network of professional English teachers. They deliver a wide range of bespoke, interactive and dynamic English language courses on a one-to-one basis – either as a homestay experience, or online.

Their students range from young children to senior business executives, and they’re proud of their track record and the student feedback they receive.

Learn how to start, run and grow a lucrative international tutoring business with Aster Academy

Be part of a 12 week mentoring programme to support your business growth. I’m Sarah of Aster Academy and I’m on a mission to empower passionate educators to build a lucrative tutoring business through my specially crafted 12-Week Mentoring Programme.

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Baby College has developed over 30 years and since 2000 they’ve been inspiring and supporting new families and giving confidence to new mums and dads from birth to 3. Their multi activity classes cover all the EYFS in every class to support language, physical, sensory, emotional and cognitive development in age appropriate groups. Franchisees get the flexibility of choosing their own hours and working part or full time. They teach parents about their little ones‘ development, guiding them through hundreds of ideas for play in fun active and sociable sessions and all with the support of me and the Baby College family of franchisees behind them. It really is the “best job ever” says Kate (former teacher and franchisee for Oxford).

Ellie Baker is an ex-secondary school teacher turned award-winning business owner and coach for teachers who want to replace their 60 hour-a-week teaching salary with a 2 hour-a-week tuition business. At her website you can download her 2-Hour Tutor Blueprint which shows you how to assess where you’re at, decide on the ideal online programme for you to create a full-time income without having to tutor 1:1, and reduce your contact time to just 2 hours per week.

Baby Squids swimming classes start with parent and baby swimming lessons, and focus on building water confidence and safety skills. A Baby Squids franchise provides everything you need to set up and run amazing swimming classes in your area. Join an established brand and supportive network, with the opportunity to earn a six-figure income from a part-time business. If you are ready to start your own business and want to be running a successful, rewarding swimming teaching company within months, rather than years, the Baby Squids franchise opportunity is perfect for you.

Business Opportunities - Nature Makers logo

Nature Makers help families connect with nature and themselves, through Mindful Nature Art, Craft & Play. It incorporates nature and being outside, providing nature inspired Art & Craft classes, parties and events using Eco-friendly and Vegan products and arts and crafts to develop those early years skills. Find out more at the Nature Makers franchise website.

New Career Opportunities - The London School of Osteopathy logo

The London School of Osteopathy have been training osteopaths for over 70 years. Their part-time course takes place on alternate weekends making it possible for you to study whilst working full-time. Alternatively if you are planning to leave teaching to study they also run a full-time course. The LSO has teachers who have and are studying with them. At the LSO you will find a supportive environment where you are taught in small groups. The majority of students at the LSO are mature students who are looking to start a second career.

If you’re thinking of leaving teaching then the Thinking of Leaving Teaching Group might be a good place to get some ideas. It is a safe place for people to ask for help and advice, discuss topics and share opinions about jobs you can do if you leave teaching.

If you are a business and are interested in having your business appear here then click on this Business Advertising on ex-teachers link for more details.