Teacher Cover Letter: Examples & How to Write (+25 Tips)

Shaping the minds, attitude and sensibility of tomorrow’s adults is one of the most important jobs in society. Teachers don’t only teach equations and dates. They shape the moral, emotional and intellectual fabric of children and are one of the first influences that pushes them towards their own path.

 

Some students won’t remember you. Some will remember your lessons were fun, but not what you taught them. A select few will have tears in their eyes when they stumble upon you in a Morrison’s aisle 20 year later, for you were their most important influence in life. And that’s what you do it for.

 

If your job search is starting to feel like being stuck in detention, it’s time to polish your teacher cover letter. With this article, your cover letter will stand out every time.

 

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Teacher cover letter example

 

Cameron Holden

29 Asfordby Rd

ALBY HILL

NR11 1DX

07533322212

cameron@golden.com

 

Jane Smith

Headteacher

Highstead Academy

1 School Road

ALBY HILL

NR11 1DX

 

August 5, 2021

 

RE: KS3 and KS4 Art Teacher Position

 

Dear Mrs Smith,

 

Being an Art & Design teacher with 5+ years of experience delivering KS3 and KS4 curriculum to classes of up to 31, I am confident I will excel in the role at Highstead Academy. During my tenure at Strophill School, the A*-C attainment for my subjects increased from 65 to 84%, and the school became rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. I am keen to translate this experience to deliver an efficient curriculum for your new arts programme.

 

When I found this opening, I was excited, as I had recently read about the arts-based curriculum you will deliver with the Learning Innovations Foundation funding for research into more vocational arts education. I have a proven track record of improving the outcomes of at-risk youth through arts programmes, I collaborated with colleagues to identify at-risk children and create a programme of break-time and after-school Art sessions to let them explore their talents. This resulted in 21% more students choosing to study Art & Design at GCSE, 20% more at A-Level, several local art and photo competitions taken by my students, as well as a decrease in disruptions and conflict behaviour. I have an extensive background in Child Psychology which I have confirmed with an accredited top-up course from University of Exeter, and I incorporate modern calming and mindfulness techniques as part of ‘the artistic process’.

 

My background in creating arts initiatives and working with at-risk youth make me confident I can step up to the challenge of helping Highstead Academy create a truly innovative and effective arts education for at-risk children.

 

When would be a good time for us to have a meeting or a call? I would love to tell you the story of how the mindfulness techniques I taught the kids then led them to start a lunchtime meditation club.

 

Kind regards,

Cameron Holden

 

This teacher cover letter consistently comes top of the class. Now, here’s a quick lesson in writing your own cover letter:

 

1. Use a professional header and a proper salutation

 

Address your cover letter as any other business letter: contact details including email and phone—on the right. Below, the hiring person’s or headteacher’s details—on the left. Below, write the date and subject of the letter, which would be the title of the position you’re applying to.

 

Address the headteacher by their surname with a formal salutation, not forgetting to use the appropriate academic title. 

 

Is this your first teaching job? Most schools begin to advertise their position for next year in January. The peak time of recruitment comes between March and June.

 

Teacher cover letter—header

 

Cameron Holden

29 Asfordby Rd

ALBY HILL

NR11 1DX

07533322212

cameron@golden.com

 

Jane Smith

Headteacher

Highstead Academy

1 School Road

ALBY HILL

NR11 1DX

 

August 5, 2021

 

RE: KS3 and KS4 Art Teacher Position

 

Dear Mrs Smith

 

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2. Hook them into your teacher cover letter

 

According to NAHT, there are only 0.3%, or around 1350 teachers being hired a year, so you need to make every application count. The opening paragraph of your cover letter must make them read on. Sum up your years of experience, explain your motivation for joining, and back it up with your strongest achievement.

 

Don’t waste space writing what position you’re applying to—the subject line is for that. Go straight into explaining why you’re a very strong candidate for this position. This paragraph should be between 40 and 80 words. 

 

Teacher cover letter—opening example

 

Being an Art & Design teacher with 5+ years of experience delivering KS3 and KS4 curriculum to classes of up to 31, I am confident I will excel in the role at Highstead Academy. During my tenure at Strophill School, the A*-C attainment for my subjects increased from 65 to 84%, and the school became rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. I am keen to translate this experience to deliver an efficient curriculum for your new arts programme.

 

3. Show your achievements in the second paragraph

 

The main body of your cover letter should include your achievements and results, and also the depth of your experience. See not only the job ad, but also the school website for what’s important to them, and relate your experience to it. 

 

This makes up the majority of your cover letter, between 120 and 200 words. 2 to 4 most key points should be sufficient to pique their interest and have something to talk about in the interview. Back up your performance with numbers where possible.

 

Teacher cover letter—main paragraph example

 

When I found this opening, I was excited, as I had recently read about the arts-based curriculum you will deliver with the Learning Innovations Foundation funding for research into more vocational arts education. I have a proven track record of improving the outcomes of at-risk youth through arts programmes, I collaborated with colleagues to identify at-risk children and create a programme of break-time and after-school Art sessions to let them explore their talents. This resulted in 21% more students choosing to study Art & Design at GCSE, 20% more at A-Level, several local art and photo competitions taken by my students, as well as a decrease in disruptions and conflict behaviour. I have an extensive background in Child Psychology which I have confirmed with an accredited top-up course from University of Exeter, and I incorporate modern calming and mindfulness techniques as part of ‘the artistic process’.

 

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4. Conclude your teacher cover letter with a call to action

 

By this stage, you have probably aced the test—an interview being your reward. However, if you haven’t, the last paragraph is space for another A* argument, or to tie up all the other arguments and evidence. Relate it directly to the challenges at the new school.

 

Explain how your previous experience shows that you’re going to handle their reality with ease. Ask for an interview under the guise of discussing an issue further. This should be 60-80 words total. Sign off on your cover letter formally. Don’t send it just yet!

 

Teacher cover letter—example closing

 

My background in creating arts initiatives and working with at-risk youth make me confident I can step up to the challenge of helping Highstead Academy create a truly innovative and effective arts education for at-risk children.

 

When would be a good time for us to have a meeting or a call? I would love to tell you the story of how the mindfulness techniques I taught the kids then led them to start a lunchtime meditation club.

 

Kind regards,

Cameron Holden

 

5. Use a professional teacher cover letter format

 

If you see the best cover letter examples for teachers, they all have one thing in common—a professional, organised look. They also all fit on one page. Follow these easy rules to create a cover letter structure that’s easy on the eyes: 

 

Teacher cover letter length rules

 

How long should a cover letter be?

  • 200-350 words total
  • Half a page of A4, up to 1 page of A4.
  • 1st paragraph—between 60 and 80 words
  • 2nd paragraph—between 120 and 200 words
  • 3rd paragraph—between 40 and 60 words

 

Match the CV style

 

The style of your teacher CV and cover letter should match—as they form one document together. It is recommended to use a simple cover letter template for enhanced readability.

 

One cover letter for one school

 

One school can vary wildly from another. They have different cultures, different attitudes, different problems. A bit of research will make it possible for you to target your teacher cover letter to their expectations. During this process, you will also understand a bit more about where you would like to work yourself. 

 

Pick a readable font

 

Ever get an essay written in Comic Sans? Doesn’t really matter what the content is, it doesn’t look right. Choose a sensible font like Noto, Didot or Arial, and stay between sizes 10 and 12.

 

Use even margins

 

For a neat cover letter layout, set even margins on all sides, 1-inch minimum. If your cover letter is on the short side, you can frame it with a 1.5 inch margin.

 

Use white space 

 

Use 1.15 line spacing. Leave a line between each section, and between paragraphs. Lines of space between sections and paragraphs will direct the reader’s eyes. If your text is getting blocky, consider using bullet points for key achievements.

 

Save in PDF

 

One last piece of cover letter advice. Save your cover letter in the PDF format to protect your formatting, unless the job posting specifies otherwise.

 

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