Despite lower retention rates, teaching is a loved profession. For those looking for a challenge, career change or opportunity to work with young people; the classroom is ideal.
That said, although there are ample teaching jobs; competition can be fierce (especially for inner-city schools). So, in order to secure that teaching job, your cover letter needs to shine!
An exceptional cover letter could be the difference between you landing the interview and being dismissed in the first round.
Your cover letter should highlight your accomplishments, achievements and previous work experience, echoing, but not repeating information from your curriculum vitae.
Whether you have just graduated or have previous teaching experience, here are a few tips to make your cover letter stand out.
1. Focus on your achievements
Employers love to see what you have accomplished in previous jobs. Inform them of any targets you have exceeded or any awards you have received. Include examples of outstanding exam results, school trips you ran, teams you led etc. Avoid listing your duties and try to quantify your achievements as they truly reveal your successes. E.g. I had the highest scores for value added in KS4 English. This is more effective than simply stating that you are an outstanding teacher.
2. Think outside the classroom
Yes, you might be an outstanding teacher, but have you shown leadership qualities within your department or wider-school? Employers look for teachers who are ambitious and would like to progress within the school, so highlight any training you have led. If you have had any specific leadership training or CPD, be sure to mention this, and include any certificates you have received.
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About our Community Expert
Over 5 years of experience in educational settings throughout London, Madrid and Barcelona. Whilst studying English Literature and Language at King’s College London and the University of North Carolina, she fell in love with her subject - both the study of literature and craft of writing.
After graduating, she completed the Leadership Development Programme with Teach First, whose mission is to provide equality through education, and attained her PGCE in Secondary English at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was then appointed as Deputy Head of English at one of the highest performing schools in England in a London inner-city academy.
Following this, she completed her Leadership and Management MA at University College London (Institute of Education) and became the director of an English Language company based in Barcelona.
Simi is our English Literature and Language Expert.