Teaching Assistant (TA) Cover Letter: Examples & Writing Tips

You can separate two fighting 8-year-olds with one hand, help with an art project with the other, while closing the door with your foot and still manage to call out to Becky to put her hat on before she disappears into the playground’s shrieky abyss.

 

For some less fortunate students, you will be invaluable help. For some, you will be the biggest kindness that’s ever come upon them, someone to pay attention and show they care. To make sure those sides of your personality come across, you must write a top-of-the-class teaching assistant cover letter.

 

According to NAHT, there are only 0.5%, or around 1300 teaching assistants being hired a year. If your job search is starting to feel like detention, this is the most important guide you’ll read.

 

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Teaching assistant cover letter example

 

Ella Russell

9 Wartnaby Road

Addiewell

EH55 1AH

07582738232

ella@russell.com

 

Elizabeth Smith

Headteacher

Ravenclaw School

1 School Way

Addiewell

EH55 1AH

 

May 5, 2021

 

Dear Mrs Smith

 

As a teaching assistant with 3+ years of experience in providing assistance to 70+ KS1 and KS2 children from underprivileged households, and a proven track record in helping to improve the metrics of at-risk children by one grade on average, I feel ready to fill the shoes of a KS2 and KS3 teaching assistant at Ravenclaw School. 

 

I hold a BSc in Elementary Education from University of Crewe, and have since worked as a 1-on-1 TA with at-risk children including single parent households, substance abuse households, autism and learning difficulties. In that time, I have regularly assisted over 70 children. In that time their Key Stage 2 attainment scores improved by 25%, their attendance improved by 12% and they became more engaged members of the school community. I am no stranger to emergency situations, having been assigned to deal with cases of acting following bereavement, divorce and other life disrupting events. In each case, I was positively assessed by the headteacher for maintaining or improving their attainment and stabilising their behavioural incidents.

 

Through my personal study of Child Psychology which I have confirmed with an accredited top-up course from University of Exeter, I have an understanding of calming and mindfulness techniques that prove very effective in this environment. I would be an asset to Ravenclaw by transferring these proven skills and helping a higher number of kids find stability and success.

 

When would be a good time for us to have a call or a meeting to discuss the mindfulness techniques we could implement with your students to reduce disruptions? 

 

Best Regards,

Ella Russell

 

That’s a top-of-the-class teaching assistant cover letter that aces any examination. Here's what to put in your cover letter:

 

1. Use a professional header and a proper salutation

 

When writing a cover letter, follow the standard UK business letter formatting rules. Align your contact details, including email and phone number to the right. Drop a space, and list the name, position and address of the hiring person, aligned to the left. Below, record the date, and the subject of the letter (optional).

 

Use a formal, surname salutation to address the headteacher. Show that you know who they are, but show respect. Don’t forget to use the appropriate academic title if they have a special one. 

 

Teaching assistant cover letter—header

 

Ella Russell

9 Wartnaby Road

Addiewell

EH55 1AH

07582738232

ella@russell.com

 

Elizabeth Smith

Headteacher

Ravenclaw School

1 School Way

Addiewell

EH55 1AH

 

May 5, 2021

 

RE: KS2 and KS3 Teaching Assistant Position

 

Dear Mrs Smith,

 

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2. Hook them into your teaching assistant cover letter

 

The opening paragraph of your cover letter should be brief and concise. Your years of experience, and most important achievement that sets you apart from the rest. Don’t feel scared to take ownership of some achievement or improvement of your students. You had your share in it.

 

Start off with your credentials—justify why they should hire you before you ask them to do it. Limit this to 40-80 words.

 

Teaching assistant cover letter—opening example

 

As a teaching assistant with 3+ years of experience in providing assistance to 70+ KS1 and KS2 children from underprivileged households, and a proven track record in helping to improve the metrics of at-risk children by one grade on average, I feel ready to fill the shoes of a KS2 and KS3 teaching assistant at Ravenclaw School. 

 

3. Explain your achievements in the second paragraph

 

Once you have their attention, it’s time to hit them with some results. By illustrating your performance and impact with numbers — the number of kids you regularly deal with, their level and difficulties, the improvements you have managed to secure — you’re letting them understand better what you’re about.

 

Choose 2 to 4 achievements that most accurately reflect your aptitude for the requirements the employer specified in their job ad. This makes up the bulk of your TA cover letter, and should be somewhere between 120 and 200 words.

 

Teaching assistant cover letter—main paragraph example

 

I hold a BSc in Elementary Education from University of Crewe, and have since worked as a 1-on-1 TA with at-risk children including single parent households, substance abuse households, autism and learning difficulties. In that time, I have regularly assisted over 70 children. In that time their Key Stage 2 attainment scores improved by 25%, their attendance improved by 12% and they became more engaged members of the school community. I am no stranger to emergency situations, having been assigned to deal with cases of acting following bereavement, divorce and other life disrupting events on 7 occasions. In each case, I was positively assessed by the Headteacher for maintaining or improving their attainment and stabilising their behavioural incidents.

 

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4. Conclude your teaching assistant cover letter with a call to action

 

The last paragraph of your cover letter is either for another A* argument, or for tying up all the other arguments you’ve already made. Either way, make sure to explain how you are going to impact your new school and make it better for the students, sure, but for the headteacher, first of all.

 

Think of a problem they may have. Think how you can solve it. Explain how your previous experience shows you’re going to be capable of solving it. Limit this to 60-80 words. Below, sign off formally and professionally.

 

Teaching assistant cover letter—closing example

 

Through my personal study of Child Psychology which I have confirmed with an accredited top-up course from University of Exeter, I have an understanding of calming and mindfulness techniques that prove very effective in this environment. I would be an asset to Ravenclaw by transferring these proven skills and helping a higher number of kids find stability and success.

 

When would be a good time for us to have a call or a meeting to discuss the mindfulness techniques we could implement with your students to reduce disruptions? 

 

Best Regards,

Ella Russell

 

5. Use a professional teaching assistant cover letter format

 

Your TA cover letter must exude organisation and professionalism. Following these easy cover letter tips makes sure it’s easy on the eyes and conveys all the key info well:

 

Teaching assistant cover letter length rules

 

Your cover letter should be short and consists of: 

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

 

One cover letter for one school

 

Schools vary wildly, they have different students, different cultures, different problems. Research every school to target your TA cover letter exactly to their requirements. This research will also help you understand whether you truly want to work there.

 

Choose a font that’s easy on the eyes

 

Don’t make people squint. Don’t choose funky fonts. Stay between 10 and 12, and go for a classic CV font like Arial, Noto or Garamond.

 

Match the CV

 

The look and structure of your cover letter and CV should match—as they form a whole document together. Simple templates work best for cover letters and CVs as they enhance readability.

 

Use white space

 

Neat spaces between sections and paragraphs will direct the reader’s eyes. If your text is getting blocky, consider using bullet points for key achievements.

 

Use even margins

 

For a neat cover letter layout, set even 1-inch margins on all sides. If your cover letter is shorter than most, you can extend this to 1.5-inch to improve the presentation.

 

Save as PDF

 

Unless asked for your teaching assistant CV in a *.doc format, save in the PDF format to protect your cover letter formatting

 

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