What should I include in my resignation letter as a teacher?

Overview

What to include in a resignation letter as a teacher can always be a bit daunting. What information do I need to include and what should I leave out? You might be cautious about letting your school know too much information, depending on what the situation is.

We have published another support article which outlines the dates which you will have to hand in your notice by.

You will also want to check your own internal school policies and your own employment contract before handing in your resignation and serving your notice.

In this article, we outline what information you can include in your resignation letter and look at an example of one.

What should I include in my resignation letter as a teacher?

Resignation letters do not need to be overly complex and should stick to the main facts and dates for leaving your position. 

They are certainly not for airing any grievances or personal opinions about the school or members of staff. It is important that you maintain your professionalism during the resignation process.

You have to remember that you will need to secure a reference if you are moving onto another school. You will also have to work your notice period in school, which could be awkward to do so if too many grievances are stated.

We have published another article which outlines the process for receiving references from your school

In addition, we provide examples of what references from schools can look like.

Example of a resignation letter from a teaching position

There are no set templates for resignation letters and they can always be adapted depending on the position and the nature of why you are leaving the post. 

There are numerous examples online, below we have created an example which you could adapt for your own specific circumstances.

During Covid-19 you may prefer to send in your resignation via email rather than delivering a physical letter to your headteacher.

Email subject: Letter of resignation

Insert date letter will be submitted

Dear (insert name of headteacher)

I hope you are well. I’m just informing you that I am resigning from my position as teacher of English at Normanton Secondary School with effect from 1 September 2021. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with pupils, members of staff and the wider school community.

My last day of employment will be (insert last day of term, refer to our article on notice periods for further details)

Thank you for your support and professional development during my time at Normanton. I have grown and developed as a teacher during the last 5 years. I wish the school continued success in the future.

Kind regards,

Insert your name

Insert your contact details

If you are an Edapt subscriber and would like support and advice on your resignation you can contact us for further information.

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