How To Write a Teacher Cover Letter (With Examples)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 5 August 2022

Published 25 June 2021

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Teaching can be a rewarding career choice with very high job satisfaction. Just like any other job, the application process can be a challenge, and knowing what to include on your CV and cover letter can be difficult to determine. Having a well-written cover letter can help you stand out among the other candidates, increase your chances of getting an interview and subsequently secure the job. In this article, we discuss the essential aspects of a good teacher cover letter for both experienced and newly qualified teachers, along with some cover letter examples.

What to include in a teacher cover letter

When writing a teacher cover letter and CV, it's important to know that each document has a different role in your application process. Remember that your CV is there to provide an overview of your education, qualifications and job experience. Your cover letter should reinforce this by specifically highlighting the most relevant aspects of your CV as they relate to the job application. You should always aim to include the following in your cover letter:

  • Teaching experience: This will differ based on your situation. If you have experience as a teacher, then highlight the most relevant information. If you are a newly qualified teacher (NQT), then you should mention the teaching experiences you had during teacher training.

  • Academic qualifications: This will almost always require Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and GCSEs in English, maths and sciences for primary-level teaching. Some independent and free schools in England may not require QTS, but always mention it if you have it, along with any relevant university and post-graduate qualifications.

  • Technological proficiency: Being capable of certain technologies and learning tools is a solid advantage in teaching. Detail the teaching platforms, software and tools you are proficient with.

  • Soft skills: Soft skills are very important for teachers, and a cover letter is a good opportunity to detail them. Talk about your abilities relating to communication, organisation, classroom management and enthusiasm.

  • Reasons you are the best candidate: Your cover letter should always be tailored to the position you are applying for. This should include why you are specifically interested in that opening, and why your set of qualifications and experiences make you the best candidate.

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How to write a teacher cover letter

In the following section, we will give you a detailed list of instructions to help you write an effective cover letter. Remember to take your time, proofread it, keep it concise and compare it to the requirements in the job listing. The steps for how to write a teacher cover letter are as follows:

1. Convey your interest in the position

In a clear and concise manner, outline the position you are interested in applying for, along with the name of the school. You can also mention how you came across the position. Be enthusiastic and specific about the position.

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2. Outline your qualifications and experience

This should start with your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and when you attained it, even if it isn't required. You can then go into more detail about additional qualifications you have acquired over the years, including any university or post-graduate degrees that are relevant and your experience as a teacher. If you're still a newly qualified teacher, you should detail your experiences during Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and any other experience that may be relevant to the position.

3. Highlight your top skills and achievements

This can be split into two separate parts. The first part should contain the skills and achievements that are most relevant to the teaching position. These may include your classroom management abilities, communication and presentation skills and any other specific skills, like the ability to attend to children with special needs.

The second part can contain any additional skills that may not be directly relevant to teaching, but be generally desirable. This can include computer and software literacy, first-aid training, additional languages you can speak or even musical aptitude. Although not central to a teaching role, within the environment of a school they can be quite desirable.

4. Customise it to the specific teaching position

This is where you need to sell yourself as a candidate. Double-check the specific requirements detailed in the job listing and aim to meet as many of them as you can, given your skills and experience. This is the part of a cover letter that will vary the most between different job applications. Do some research on the school or organisation in question, highlight how you share their values and support this with any evidence you can provide.

5. Ensure it is easy to read

What you write in a cover letter is very important, but if you don't ensure it's readable then you may hurt your chances of getting the job. Always proofread your cover letter after writing it. If possible, write it at least a day before you send your application, and re-read it on both days. Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors, overly long sentences or ambiguous language and colloquialisms.

If you know anyone who teaches or writes, or whose opinion you respect, ask them to check it for you and give feedback. Keep your paragraphs to three or four sentences in length, use an easily readable font, keep it to one page in length and consider extra spacing.

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Teacher cover letter examples

Below, we have two examples of cover letters for teaching positions. The first is a sample for a newly qualified teacher (NQT) and the second is for a teacher with some teaching experience:

Sample cover letter for a newly qualified teacher

Here's a sample cover letter for a newly qualified teacher:

Dear Mr Gordon,

I would like to register my interest in applying for the position of English teacher at Chilton Junior School. I recently acquired Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the North Dorset Teaching School Alliance. I spent my time during Initial Teacher Training (ITT) across five schools in Dorset and Somerset, teaching both English and English literature.

In addition to this, before my ITT, I spent a year abroad teaching English in Tunisia and Algeria. I learned a lot about handling different cultures, and learned some Arabic. The experience was very useful during my time learning to teach in Dorset and Somerset, where I had to deal with multicultural classes.

At university, I studied English literature at the University of Lancaster and graduated with first-class honours. In addition to my bachelor's degree and QTS, I am also very proficient in the use of digital education and e-learning platforms. Just like Chilton Junior School, I believe that a multicultural learning environment is crucial to a balanced education, something I learned during my time teaching abroad. I can also play the piano at grade 7 level, and would love to contribute to musical extra-curricular activities.

I would really appreciate the opportunity to discuss my candidacy for the position of English teacher with you further. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Irene Sullivan

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Sample cover letter for teacher with experience

Here's a sample cover letter for a teacher with some experience in teaching:

Dear Ms Ridley,

I am writing to apply for the position of physics teacher at Holy Trinity Taunton, which I saw listed on the Indeed UK website. I earned my QTS six years ago, and have been working as the physics teacher at the Folkestone Secondary School in Kent ever since.

Before my teacher training, I studied for a master's degree in nanotechnology in Barcelona. Before that, I received a physics BSc from the University of Manchester.

In my years at Folkestone Secondary School, I have taught GCSE physics and some science classes for primary students. I have developed excellent classroom management skills and my students rarely need to ask for further clarification. When I teach, I always try to relate the subject matter to real-world applications, along with preparing my students for their exams. As a result, in the last three years, my students have consistently scored at least 12% higher than the national average.

I would appreciate the opportunity to work at Holy Trinity Taunton, and I look forward to being able to discuss my application further. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Albert Lockley

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