While accepting a new job can be one of the more satisfying experiences in your working life, handing in your notice is considerably more challenging and can create anxiety for many. However, leaving on good terms and not burning bridges with your employer should be a priority, so correcting your approach is key. With the resignation deadline for the next term approaching, we have outlined some tips covering how to write a resignation letter and leave your job on good terms.
Candidate resignation deadline
You might look to leave your job for multiple reasons, including better pay, a more convenient location, a poor cultural connection with the current employer, or you might just want a change of scenery and something new.
Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that leaving a teaching position is very different to resigning from most other jobs. The priority should, of course, be on minimising disruption to your pupils and providing your current employer with enough time to source a replacement.
Most readers will be aware, but teachers have to follow a code of conduct laid out in the Burgundy Book, which specifies the dates that teachers must hand in their notice by for each term. Generally, education professionals are expected to leave their posts at the end of a term; usually, most provide two months’ notice.
While we all know term timings change from year to year, for a traditional term running on the below dates:
Autumn: 1 September – 31 December
Spring: 1 January – 30 April
Summer: 1 May – 31 August
Teachers planning to leave their positions must hand in their notice by:
Autumn – no later than 31 October
Spring: no later than 28/29 February
Summer: no later than 31 May
The more eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that, as 2024 is a Leap Year, candidates have an extra day to hand in their resignation. However, leaving it to the last minute is not advised; in order to depart on good terms, you will need to write a resignation letter, which can take time, particularly for those not used to writing formally.
How to write a resignation letter
Writing a resignation letter can be challenging. In this document, you will need to include basic information like your name and position and some more relevant points, including your anticipated departure date and, potentially, your reason for leaving, although this isn’t always necessary. Each letter should be tailored to your specific school or trust leader but should follow this format:
[Insert date letter will be submitted]
Dear [insert headteacher/leader name]
I am writing to inform you that I will be leaving my role as [insert role] at [insert school name] with effect from [insert date of the first term that you will NOT be working at the school].
[Insert reason for leaving – if you feel comfortable doing so]
Thank you for the opportunity to work at [insert school name] – I have enjoyed my time working with the pupils, members of staff and the wider school community, and I appreciate the opportunities provided to me that have supported my personal and professional development over the last [insert your length of tenure]
My last day of employment will be [insert date of your final working day]
Prior to my departure, I will ensure that all outstanding work is completed, and I will provide a handover document for my replacement to utilise.
I wish everyone at [insert school name] continued success for the future.
[insert your name]
[insert your contact details]
It’s important to remember that word travels fast in the education sector, and burning your bridges with one employer may impact your ability to secure a role with another school or trust. This means it’s crucial to leave on positive terms, even if you haven’t enjoyed your experience.
For those considering a change of position, working as a supply teacher could be the ideal opportunity. This is particularly useful for professionals who haven’t found their next employer or simply want to work more flexibly.
Supply professionals benefit from much greater flexibility than their permanent companions. They can work in different environments, which can, in turn, aid your ability to find something that works for your specific circumstances. Operating in this way also means you can fit your work around your life rather than the other way around, enabling you to develop your skills quicker. If you are intent on securing a permanent role, remember that working on a supply basis can lead to full-time positions being offered after a period of time.
If you are looking to leave your current role and are considering taking on a supply teacher position, speak to our specialist team, who can find a position and employer that suits your circumstances and skill set. Having an updated and well-written CV is crucial to securing the ideal role. If you need assistance in writing a standout CV, we have a blog that covers all the essential information you need to know.
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