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Whether you are a recent graduate looking for your first teaching job or an experienced professional looking for the next step in your career, a great resume is a must-have to get your foot in the door and secure an interview. Depending on how long it’s been since you last applied for a job, the content and style employers expect in a resume might have changed. Click the button below to download a teacher resume example guaranteed to get you off on the right track.

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Like a resume, your cover letter can make or break your application to a teaching job. While many a teacher has overlooked this crucial step and submitted their application for a job without a cover letter, that misses a great opportunity to highlight how your background and experience makes you the best candidate for the job, as well as giving you a chance to express yourself beyond the constraints of a standard resume. Click the button below to download a cover letter template for teachers. 

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Teacher Cover Letter Examples

Whether you are sending out resumes hoping to land your first teaching job or looking to shift to a new school or district, one fact remains the same: All the best credentials, experience, and passion will go unnoticed without a strong cover letter. The main rule? Sell yourself the way a publicist would. Cover letters aren’t a time for modesty. They’re a time to highlight your accomplishments and make your passion for teaching known. Below you’ll find our tips for creating the best cover letter possible and our top teacher cover letter and CV examples.

3 top tips for crafting a teacher CV or cover letter:

Keep it short and sweet..

You’ve only got about 30 seconds to capture a hiring director’s attention, so start with what we call “the elevator pitch.” Imagine you have the time between the elevators closing on one floor and opening again on another floor to sell yourself. Instead of rehashing everything on your resume, use the space to craft a paragraph or two that will convince them you are a standout candidate and are worth moving on to the next step.

Emphasize why you’re a great match.

Read the job description and find the overlap between the skills you bring to the table and the skills they need. If the job description calls for certain qualities or uses specific language, repeat them in your cover letter! The ultimate goal for your cover letter is to say, “You’ve got a problem? I’m the ideal person to solve it.” Be professional and use concrete examples.

Individualize!

Tailor each and every cover letter to fit the specific school, district, and job for which you’re applying. Research the school and its culture. That way, you can address their expectations and also use specific examples of achievements in your history to show why you’re the right candidate for the position.

Top teacher cover letter examples:

1. first-time teacher.

This letter is friendly and enthusiastic. It uses concrete examples and experiences related to student teaching while showcasing exactly why the applicant wants to become a teacher.

Learn more: First-time teacher at LiveAbout

2. Another first-time teacher example

This version of a cover letter calls out the specific skills the applicant has and hopes to bring to the table.

Learn more: Another first-time teacher example at OLAS

3. Experienced elementary teacher

Not every teacher stays in their job until retirement. If you’re looking for a new position, your cover letter should clearly state your experience. This example also makes it obvious that the candidate researched the new district and discusses why she would be excited to join. The candidate also includes references at the bottom of the cover letter.

Learn more: Experienced elementary teacher at Monster

4. Another experienced elementary teacher example

It doesn’t hurt to have additional examples! This teacher cover letter clearly showcases the school’s goals and addresses how this teacher specifically can help. She did her research!

Learn more: Another experienced elementary teacher at LiveAbout

5. Summer school teacher

As school lets out for summer, many teachers still need to earn an income. With competition tight, this cover letter stands out as the candidate states her qualifications as well as her ability to train other staff members.

Learn more: Summer school teacher at Cover Letters and Resume

6. Assistant teacher

With this letter, the applicant took a slightly different approach. The letter breaks down the most relevant accomplishments into bullet points. Those will jump out at the hiring manager, who will likely scan through a ton of applications.

Learn more: Assistant teacher at LiveCareer

7. Special education teacher

This letter is similar to a standard teacher cover letter, yet it also stresses the specific qualifications and experiences of a special ed teacher. For example, this candidate included how they modified the curriculum to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. In this particular cover letter example, the teacher was looking to move into a leadership role, so this serves as a template for someone looking to transition into management as well.

Learn more: Special education teacher at JobHero

8. School guidance counselor

This cover letter emphasizes the applicant’s academic achievements, especially with regard to the psychology education required for many counselor positions. It also talks about the characteristics that make this person the ideal candidate for this position.

Learn more: School guidance counselor at Great Sample Resume

9. Another school guidance counselor example

We liked this cover letter because it pulls specific metrics that are not in the resume—including the number of students the candidate worked with and the funding obtained for special needs programs.

Learn more: School guidance counselor at Zety

10. Library media specialist

This cover letter oozes confidence! As with any specialist position, the candidate hones in on how her specific skills and background make her qualified for this role.

Learn more: Library media specialist at LiveCareer

11. High school English teacher

This cover letter covers a lot of ground. It points out the candidate’s strengths for teaching and assessing knowledge in the specific subject. It also presents the special techniques the candidate uses to teach students at the high school level.

Learn more: High school English teacher at Great Sample Resume

12. Technology teacher

Taking a very professional approach to writing a cover letter shows that the contender is serious. This letter points out the specific skills that best prove why this candidate is a great fit for the position.

Learn more: Technology teacher at LiveCareer

13. Music teacher

A music teacher requires knowledge of multiple instruments and a love of music and music theory. This cover letter showcases the candidate’s background and why they feel music is an important part of the education experience.

Learn more: Music teacher at Best Sample Resume

14. Drama teacher

Drama teachers often go above and beyond just teaching a class. They host auditions and rehearsals for after-school productions. This cover letter shows the candidate’s knowledge of curriculum, directing a show, and even marketing efforts.

Learn more: Drama teacher at Great Sample Resume

15. Foreign language teacher

Foreign language teachers need to display their knowledge of the particular language as well as showcase how well they can immerse students in the culture. This cover letter discusses the teacher’s plans to incorporate curriculum as well as help facilitate the induction of students into the German Honor Society.

Learn more: Foreign language teacher at JobHero

16. Sports coach

This cover letter has a terrific opening line that sets the candidate apart from the get-go. It also clearly covers the candidate’s qualifications, from knowledge and experience to attitude and philosophy. This cover letter example also works well for PE teachers.

Learn more: Sports coach at JobHero

17. ESL teacher

Teaching English as a second language obviously requires a distinct skill set. This cover letter showcases key communication skills and lets the hiring director know the specific language fluency.

Learn more: ESL teacher at LiveCareer

18. Math teacher

Touching on the highlights of their resume without rehashing it completely (who wants to read something twice?), this candidate points out their qualifications and certifications as well as their versatility in teaching different types of students.

Learn more: Math teacher at A+ Resumes for Teachers

19. Pre-K teacher

Teaching pre-K takes patience, creativity, and flexibility. This cover letter effectively highlights the candidate’s communication and problem-solving skills as well as the personal qualities that make them great at their job.

Learn more: Pre-K teacher at LiveCareer

20. Business teacher

This cover letter provides excellent background about the teacher in a way that’s appropriate for business. It shares the necessary information clearly and concisely.

Learn more: Business teacher at LiveCareer

21. International school teacher

Working at an international school requires a certain skill set, and this letter highlights the teacher’s language skills as well as their ability to create effective lessons on relevant topics while providing students with the support they need to succeed.

Learn more: International school teacher at LiveCareer

22. Head teacher cover letter

Serving as a head teacher involves a unique blend of leadership and innovation. This cover letter showcases the candidate’s exceptional communication and leadership skills, essential for coordinating with staff, students, and stakeholders to cultivate a thriving educational environment.

Learn more: Head teacher cover letter example at QwikResume

23. Kindergarten teacher

A kindergarten teacher plays a foundational role in a child’s educational journey, blending creativity with core educational principles. This cover letter highlights the candidate’s proficiency in developing engaging lesson plans and materials tailored to young learners, ensuring the fundamentals of various subjects are delivered in a manner that is both enjoyable and educational.

Learn more: Kindergarten teacher at Kickresume

24. Secondary teacher

Secondary teachers help shape the young minds of students as they transition into adulthood. This cover letter exemplifies the candidate’s adeptness in crafting comprehensive lesson plans and teaching materials that cater to the diverse needs of teens, ensuring that the curriculum resonates with their evolving interests and capabilities.

Learn more: Secondary teacher at Resumaker

25. Art teacher

An art teacher embodies the intersection of creativity and education, nurturing students’ artistic talents and encouraging their expressive capabilities. This cover letter highlights the candidate’s proficiency in designing stimulating lesson plans that explore a wide range of artistic mediums and techniques, from traditional painting and drawing to digital art forms.

Learn more: Art teacher at Resume Genius

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Cover letters

A cover letter includes an introduction to yourself, and a summary of how your experience matches the job description.  

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What to include

  • A professional introduction Address your cover letter to the contact person in the job advertisement. If there is no contact person, find out who to address your application to, or address to the “Hiring manager”. Tell them what job you are applying for, and where you saw it advertised. Address the person formally. For example, if their name is Jane Smith, write ‘Dear Ms Smith’, rather than Jane.
  • A personal summary Write 1 or 2 sentences about why you are applying for the job and a statement explaining how your skills and experience are relevant to the role. 
  • How your experience matches the job Read the job advertisement closely. Write about how your work experience, skills and training would make you a suitable person for the position described, based on the selection criteria in the job advertisement or the position description. 
  • A polite conclusion Sum up the letter by restating your suitability for the position due to your skills, experience and how the values or goals of the organisation are aligned with yours. Thank the employer for their time and consideration. End the letter by saying you look forward to an opportunity to discuss the job further. 
  • Your name and contact details Make sure the employer knows how to contact you.  

How to format

  • The right length Your cover letter should be 1 page. Employers are busy and may have many job applications to read.
  • Simple design Make your cover letter easy to read. Use Calibri or Arial font in size 11. If you need help with the layout,  here is some inspiration . Do not include images or colours.  

Additional tips

  • No mistakes Check for spelling and grammatical mistakes before sending your letter.
  • Tailored content Always write your cover letter specifically for each role and organisation. Avoid sending a generic cover letter to multiple organisations.

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How to Write a NSW Department of Education Application | School Administrative Officer (SAO) (Example Covering Letter)

by Nicole Wren | Oct 8, 2021 | Writing Advice

The NSW Department of Education requires you to apply for any roles through iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. In addition to a resume, you will usually be asked to supply a covering letter of between 2-3 pages (depending on the role).  You will need to respond to any targeted questions in this cover letter, as well as explain how your skills and experience are relevant to the position you are applying for.  It is also important to ensure you write in the context of the focus capabilities for the role.

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​Here is a snippet of a successful NSW Department of Education SAO application example:

Dear Selection Panel, I am pleased to submit my application for the role of School Administrative Officer (SAO) at XXXX School.  I am confident I have the skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience required to competently fulfil this role. Qualifications/Certifications

  • Working with Children Check (no: WWXXXXX), valid until 2025.
  • First Aid Certificate, obtained in 2021, with competencies in the provision of CPR, basic emergency life support and first aid.
  • Certificate III in Business Administration.

Skills/Knowledge/Experience

Demonstrated capacity to work effectively as part of a team.

Since 2014, I have worked as a SAO at XXX Public School, where I have worked collaboratively and co-operatively with teachers and other staff members. My demonstrated capacity to work effectively as part of a team is evidenced by:

  • My ability to liaise with the principal, executive team, teachers and office staff to produce the school’s fortnightly newsletter. I access the teacher shared drive, review all articles uploaded by teachers and input them into the newsletter template, editing and reviewing details with teachers as required. Working in conjunction with my Principal I make sure all articles are critiqued and consult with an executive to proof read the newsletter before printing and distributing to all classroom teachers. I have been able to complete this task efficiently and effectively, ensuring relevant information is communicated to families in a timely manner.
  • My commitment to ensuring the school complies with all Work Health Safety requirements. I am on the Work Health and Safety Committee that meets monthly. Together, we review any reported incidents that have occurred, and discuss and implement control measures to minimise any hazards. Through this collaborative approach, the safety of all staff, students and members of the public is maximised. 

Administration skills including knowledge of computer software programs such as Microsoft Office.

Having had over eight years experience in the role of SAO with the NSW department of Education, I have gained extensive experience in administration skills in a school office environment. I am extremely proficient in all aspects of Microsoft Office and a number of other departmental programs enabling me to fulfil my current role in an efficient manner. This is evidenced by my ability to:

  • Use Microsoft Word to prepare the school newsletter and student notes.
  • Utilise the mail merge function to develop labels and name tags.

(note, this is only a small sample of the examples outlined in the actual letter, further development of this answer would be required in an actual application). Effective oral and written communication skills. As SAO at XXX School, I liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, including students, parents, staff, executives and customers, maintaining an approachable and professional manner on a daily basis. I use a warm friendly voice on the telephone. I listen to people to understand their requests and perspective, responding to queries as appropriate, or forwarding accurate information promptly when required. My effective oral and written communication skills are evidenced by:

  • My ability to ensure all messages from parents/carers are communicated to the appropriate teacher or staff member in a timely manner. This is especially important when it involves changes to an afternoon pickup point, ensuring the student is not left waiting after school without adult supervision, maintaining the student’s safety.

(note, this is only a small sample of the examples outlined in the actual letter, further development of this answer would be required in an actual application). Ability to meet deadlines. Fulfilling the role of SAO efficiently in any school requires one to have the ability to meet deadlines and to have excellent organisational skills in order to do so. In my current role as SAO at XXX I have demonstrated I have this ability by:

  • Ensuring notifications to parents/carers are sent out if their child is absent from school. I check that all teachers have submitted their roll by 9.15am. Then send all students that are absent a notification to their parents/carers. This is processed through Sentral by 9.20am each day ensuring student safety in case parents are not aware of their child’s absence. I consistently adhere to this deadline.

​(note, this is only a small sample of the examples outlined in the actual letter, further development of this answer would be required in an actual application).

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What are the keys to a successful teacher cover letter?

A great cover letter will hugely increase your chances of getting through to interview. A bad one will get your application off to the worst possible start. We spoke to Tyson Wood, Australian manager at Smart Teachers, to help you clear that first hurdle with style.

Introduce yourself

Your cover letter should begin with an opening statement introducing yourself to the employer and emphasising briefly why you are applying for the role. This isn’t the time to go into too much detail; there is plenty of time for that later on.

The beginning of your teacher cover letter should be a strong statement detailing why you chose to apply for that job at that school.

Tyson says: “Introduce yourself and make a clear statement that reflects the purpose of your application.”

Read our advice on writing a great resume .

Be relevant

Having mentioned some specifics about the job at the start of your cover letter, now is your chance to really run wild. You can start talking in detail about why you are applying for that role. Be specific about why that teaching job caught your eye and why you think you’re the candidate the employer must hire.

At this point in your cover letter you should be talking about the subject you'll be teaching and your experience in similar roles.

Tyson explains: “Quickly articulate your general suitability, such as relevant subject qualification, experience teaching that subject and, if you have worked in a school similar to one you are applying, comment on that, too.”

Show understanding

After mentioning why you think the position suits you, now is your chance to start to show your knowledge about the school. Make sure you do your research beforehand and explain why you’re the right fit for the job. For example, look at how the school’s vision aligns with your own. Look at the language the school uses in the job description and try to include a few buzzwords.

“Demonstrate an understanding of how to do the job in such a way that will bring benefit to the school you are applying to,” Tyson recommends.

Short and sharp

While you should go into detail about why you’re suitable for the role and the school, make sure you don’t waffle. This isn’t an essay, and a great cover letter shouldn’t be longer than a page of A4. You want to be making succinct points, not writing long, boring sentences.

Tyson adds: “Your points needs to be short and sharp so what is written is clear, concise and jumps out to prospective employers.”

Covering the above points in your teacher cover will give you the best chance of gaining an interview. Once you're through that first hurdle, take a look at our guides on what to wear to a teaching interview and common teaching interview questions you can expect to be asked to help with your preparation.

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Writing your application

When preparing your application, there are some key things we need to know about you. Focus on how your knowledge, skills, and abilities match those needed for the job. Applicants who are able to do this are more likely to progress through the application process.

Think about what you did in other jobs and your achievements. You can draw on your experiences from other contexts to show how you have relevant skills. These might be from:

  • volunteer activities
  • casual work
  • university, TAFE or school if you have limited work experience.

This will help you to write a cover letter, update your resume and respond to targeted questions.

If the job ad requests a cover letter, you must submit one with your application to be considered for the role.

Writing a cover letter

Good cover letters use the STAR method to structure your work examples by explaining the Situation, Task, Action and Result. Your cover letter should:

  • include any specific information requested in the job ad
  • address the focus capabilities listed in the job ad, look through the Capability Framework for details on what these mean
  • showcase your achievements in past jobs or from other contexts, for example volunteer work
  • show us that you have most of the skills we are looking for
  • tell us about your passions and interests
  • explain why you want the job
  • show us how your current skills are transferable to new situations
  • show why you are a good fit for the agency and NSW Public Service.

If the job involves managing a team, tell us about important things you did before such as how you supported your team to deliver for the business.

A good cover letter:

  • is brief (usually 1 to 2 pages)
  • uses plain English
  • is well structured
  • is specific to the job you are applying for
  • uses specific examples of what you’ve done and what you’ve achieved.

Writing a resume

Your resume (also known as curriculum vitae or CV) is a summary of your:

  • qualifications

A resume needs to be up-to-date, clear, concise and well organised. It is best if you can tailor the content to the job you are applying for.

As a guide, your resume could include the following sections:

  • Personal details – your name and contact details.
  • Summary – a brief introduction about you, your work experience, training and interests.
  • Education – qualifications and relevant training.
  • employer / organisation / agency
  • dates of employment
  • your responsibilities
  • your achievements.
  • Other information such as skills, achievements, and relevant memberships.
  • Referees – name, title and contact details.

Do not include copies of qualifications with your resume or application unless asked.

Answering targeted questions

Targeted questions are open-ended questions. They may ask you to:

  • explain how you’ve shown your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a certain situation
  • describe why you’re interested in working for the agency or in the NSW Public Service.

They are often designed to find out about your capabilities and if these suit the role. Capabilities are:

  • transferable knowledge (theoretical or practical understanding of a subject)
  • skills (developed through training, experience, or practice)
  • abilities relevant to a job.

They come from the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework.

Responding to targeted questions on capabilities

A targeted question on capabilities asks you to describe how you used your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a certain situation.

To answer this type of question you should:

  • Read the question to identify the information you need to give us, looking for key words.
  • capability description explains what the capability covers
  • behavioural indicators describe the behaviours or actions at different levels for each capability
  • key accountabilities give a high-level summary of the outcomes the role is expected to deliver.
  • Use the behavioural indicators to help you think of a relevant example of what you did in other jobs or contexts.
  • Be specific – don’t tell us what you think you might do in the situation – tell us what you did.
  • Use full sentences, check your spelling and grammar, and stay within the word limit.
  • Remember communication skills are important for all jobs.

Use the STAR method to structure your work examples by explaining the Situation, Task, Action and Result.

Example: Responding to a targeted question about your capabilities

The following question is about the 'Commit to Customer Service' intermediate capability.

Give an example of a situation where you provided services that were customer-focused.

How to respond:

  • Use the behavioural indicators to prompt you on customer service actions and responsibilities
  • Where were you working?
  • What was your job?
  • Describe a customer problem you identified.
  • Explain why it was a problem.
  • Tell us what you did to resolve it. If you did something as part of a team, be specific about your role
  • Tell us what happened because of what you did – describe the impact on the customer experience.

Responding to targeted questions about your interests

Sometimes targeted questions ask you about:

  • your reasons for applying for a job
  • why you want the job
  • why you want to work in the agency
  • why you want to work in the NSW Public Service.

These types of questions give you the chance to tell us about what drives and motivates you.

  • Read the question and look for key words that will help you respond. These questions are often framed to get a personal response.
  • Review the role description to help you think about what’s involved in the job.
  • Think about what we are looking for in asking this question. Our merit principles put importance on fit for the role and agency. Not only on capabilities, knowledge and experience.
  • Write your response with honesty and passion.
  • Use full sentences, check your spelling and grammar and stay within the word limit.

Example: Responding to a targeted question about your interests

Tell us why you want to work for the NSW Public Service.

  • Explain what attracted you to want to work for the NSW Government.
  • Describe why the job stood out for you.
  • Tell us why you suit the job.
  • How does the job fit with my values and standards?
  • Have I always wanted to work in this occupation or sector?
  • Is this the next step in my career journey?
  • Will the job help me to serve my community?
  • Relate your passions and interests to what the job offers you.

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To land the best teaching jobs, you must have an effective cover letter.

Your cover letter is a brief note which introduces your CV, to ensure it gets opened by recruiters.

In this guide, I will show you how to write the perfect teacher cover letter, by sharing some real-life cover letter examples, and walking you through the process of writing one.

It will provide you with everything you need to grab schools’ attention, and land the jobs you want.

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  • Teacher cover letter examples
  • How to write a cover letter for your CV
  • What to include in a teacher cover letter

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These example teacher cover letters provide you with a good steer on how your cover letter should look, and the type of information you should include.

Of, course your own cover letter will be unique and depend on the content of your CV , and the jobs you are applying for.

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How to write a teacher cover letter

In this section of the guide, I will provide a step-by-step breakdown of how to write your own attention grabbing teacher cover letter.

Overview of a good cover letter

The example below shows you the 7 key steps needed to write a cover letter which will effectively introduce you to recruiters, and encourage them to open up your CV.

Annotated cover letter

Here is some more detailed guidance on writing your cover letter.

Write the cover letter in the body of your email/message

The purpose of your cover letter, is to build an initial rapport with the recipient, and give them some good reasons to open your teaching CV .

By writing your cover letter within the body of an email (or job website message box) you ensure that it is instantly seen when the recruiter or school hiring manager opens the message.

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If you attach the cover letter as a separate document, the recruiter will be staring at blank page when they open your application… not a great first impression.

Cover letter tip:  Where possible, try to obtain a name and email address for the recruiter, so that you can email them directly – this will increase your chances of them receiving your CV and application. This will not always be achievable, but use Google and LinkedIn to try and track them down.

Write a compelling subject line

When sending your application via email, the subject line can make a huge difference.

Look at the recruiter’s inbox below… Most of the subject lines are boring and blend into the background.

If you write an appealing subject line, which relates to the role you are applying for, you stand a much better chance of being noticed.

Cover letter subject line

To be noticed by a recruiter, you simply need to give them what they are looking for.

For teaching roles, create a subject line which reflects the skills and experience being asked for in the the job adverts you are responding to, like these examples.

  • Newly Qualified teacher with primary curriculum expertise
  • Senior secondary maths teacher with 8 years experience
  • Primary teacher with KS2 knowledge in UK private schools

Employers are desperate to see these key words, so adding them to your email subject line will almost guarantee your application gets opened.

Address the recruiter/employer by name

When your cover letter is read by a recruiter or hiring manager, it allows you to start building rapport with them.

Addressing a person by name, is the best way to make a connection with them.

Address recruiter by name

If you begin your cover letter with an impersonal phrase like “dear sir” then it will seem as though you are simply firing off the same cover letter to all of your applications.

Using the recruiter’s first name, shows them you’ve taken the time to learn about the job in question.

But, how do you find the contact’s name?

Often the name of the person recruiting for a role will appear on the job advert, but if not, you can also find it one of the following ways:

  • Scour the employer’s website to find the most likely person to be hiring for the position
  • Search LinkedIn for the company and/or department, and look through their managers or recruiters.

You won’t always be able to find a name, but always try – it can make a big impact to include one.

Write in a friendly but professional tone

Whilst a cover letter needs to make a personal connection with the reader, it also needs to be flawlessly professional.

This can be a tricky balancing act, but the best way to achieve it by using professional terminology, combined with a simple sentence structure.

You can also throw in some friendly terms like, “hope you’re well” at the beginning of the cover letter, and “look forward to hearing from you” at the end of the message.

Of course, you need to check your message for spelling and grammar errors before sending – any silly mistakes will look very unprofessional.

Highlight your most relevant skills

When a recruiter reads your cover letter, they will be looking for signs that your CV is worth opening.

If nothing in your cover letter tells them that you are a good candidate for the vacancy in question, they won’t open it – they will move on to the next application in their overflowing inbox.

So, before writing your cover letter, read the job adverts carefully and understand which of your skills the recruiter wants to see the most.

Cover letter writing requirements

Once you know the core requirements for the job, try to work as many of them as possible into your teaching cover letter.

The more suitable you appear, the more likely it is that a recruiter or hiring teacher will be persuaded to open your CV.

Keep it brief

School hiring managers and education recruiters see literally hundreds of applications every week – so keep your cover letter short and punchy.

The days of A4 length cover letters are long gone – people simply don’t have the time to read them, due to the sheer volume of applications being made.

Keep your cover note to around 5-10 sentences long. This should give you enough space to cover all of your selling points, without becoming a tedious read.

You should also look to break up the text on the page to create a pleasant reading experience.

Sign off professionally

To maintain your professional outlook, sign off with a professional signature that contains your vital contact details.

This looks smart, and allows recruiters to contact you easily.

Email signatures

Include your full name, email address and phone number as a minimum.

You can also include a link to your LinkedIn profile, or any other social profiles that are relevant to your work.

What to include in your teacher cover letter

Here are some common teaching attributes to include in your cover letter, but of course, yours will be unique to your situation.

Schools you’ve taught at –  Have you taught at mainstream primary schools? SEN secondary schools? Private school?

Students you teach  – Do you work with SEN pupils? solely year 6 students? gifted children?

Subject  knowledge – Are you an expert in GCSE English? mathematics? PE? KS2 curriculum?

Level of experience – Are you an NQT ? Or do you have many years of teaching experience?

Core teaching skills  – Things like classroom management, head of department experience, planning, assessments, managing parent relationships.

Results you deliver  – Have you boosted exam results? Decreased spending? Improved Ofsted reports?

A teacher cover letter for your CV

Writing your teacher cover letter can be challenging, but it’s worth dedicating some time to perfecting the art, if you want to land job interviews.

Just remember to keep it brief, write in a personable tone, and pack it with your most in-demand teaching skills.

Good luck with your job search!

Teaching (primary) cover letter

This free sample cover letter for a primary school teacher has an accompanying teaching primary sample resume to help you put together a winning job application.

Louisa Mason 15 Spring Street West Hills SA 6035 T: (06) 1234 0000 M: 0444 444 444 E: [email protected]

Ms Catherine Wilson Principal Chifley East Public Primary School 40 Georges Road Chifley East SA 6034

Dear Ms Wilson

Re: Year 5 Teacher, Ref no 1234

I wish to apply for the above Year 5 teaching position at your school as advertised on the Teaching Jobs website.

I have an Education degree (Primary) from Western City University and have been teaching for the past three years at St Lawrence Primary College in Smithsfield.

As a teacher, my main goal is to motivate students to do their best and extend their own personal limits. I devise programs, according to syllabus requirements, that expand on previous knowledge and encourage students to explore new and interesting possibilities. I encourage students to construct their own learning in an environment that stimulates and helps students to realise their full potential. I have had some excellent results with students who have a history of poor performance. I strive to instil a love of learning and to make learning exciting and interesting. One student who had difficulties with English is now reading aloud with confidence and is enjoying reading for pleasure.

I am confident that my experience and skills will be an asset to your students' learning and development and would love the opportunity to work at your school.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. I look forward to the opportunity of meeting with you and discussing how I can contribute to your school community and objectives.

Yours sincerely

[sign here]

Louisa Mason

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