Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for a Teaching Position

The teaching profession is a very competitive one and when applying for a new teaching post either as an experienced teacher or as a newly qualified teacher, making the right impression from the outset is vital. And the first impression, when applying for a teaching post, is made by the cover letter.

Many teaching posts require applicants to write long, in-depth personal statements to support their CV or application. However, where this type of statement is not specifically requested then a more standard cover letter should be written.

A top tip for writing a cover letter is to split the letter into three paragraphs. The first should be a short summary of the purpose of your letter and any enclosed attachments. This does not have to be complicated, simply a sentence to detail the exact post you’re applying for, perhaps where you saw the job advertised, and then what the rest of your letter will be aiming to do.

As an example;

I am writing to apply for the position of Year 2 Teacher, as advertised in the Primary School News. I am very keen to become part of your school community and I hope that my enclosed CV will demonstrate that I have the appropriate skills and experience to fulfill this role successfully.

Paragraph two should be the bulk of the letter and should aim to demonstrate how the vision and ethos of the school, and the requirements of the job specification and/or person specification, align with your aims and experiences. You should therefore write one or two sentences which demonstrate that you have knowledge of the school and its values, and then pull out a few significant points from your CV to illustrate how you would be suited to that post and to the school.

The final paragraph is simply a section where you can sign off and clearly point the reader to the ways in which you can be contacted, either by email, telephone or post. These details should be provided at the top of your letter, in the right hand corner. Always remember to provide as many different contact routes as possible. Your final paragraph can also allow you to reiterate once again how passionate you are about that specific role and/or school.

Once your letter is written, be sure to check the contents for spelling mistakes and grammar errors, as a teacher who can’t spell, or indeed, can’t ‘correct’ their own work, will not stand up well against the competition. Finally, format your letter to ensure that it does not exceed more than one page of A4; this can be achieved by decreasing the page margins, decreasing the font size and adjusting the paragraph spacing; always remember that for ease of reading, the font size should never fall below 11pt.

Your perfect cover letter is now ready to be submitted, and you should be on the way to securing your dream teaching post.

Natasha M. McKnight

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