Teachers – when it comes to writing your CV, there are some key things to consider. It could be your only chance to make a first impression. This is your opportunity to sell yourself, your skills and experience, and show why you are the right fit for the job.

We’ve asked our exerts to put together a simple to follow guide to help when it comes to writing your CV.

Profile – The Start of Your CV

Your profile is a summarised version of your personal statement.

Whilst short, it still says a lot about you as a teacher, over and above your qualifications and experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to stand out from the crowd and secure the competitive edge to find your first teaching job or first promotion. This is the only part of your CV that’s really about you as a person. 

If you’d like to know more about writing a personal statement take a look at our blog 5 tips for writing a personal statement that stands out.

Work Experience

Before we get into the detail here there are 3 important rules to follow.

  • We recommend splitting your teaching experience and your work experience into 2 sections on your CV.
  • Make sure that there are no gaps at all where you were not in work, unless you were in full-time education. If you have a gap of any more than 3 months, do make sure that you include this in your career summary with a brief reason why.
  • Your work experience should be the most recent first.

A summary of your career needs to be more than just a list of your roles and dates. We recommend including a summary of your specific responsibilities for each position. Talking about a specific class and a specific thing that you have done that is measurable and has caused an impact for example ‘75% of children met or bettered their predicted grades’. More importantly, you need to highlight your achievements. Every area of your career summary should be achievement focused. 

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Other areas to consider and things that hiring managers look for on a Teacher CV – 

  • Classroom / Behaviour Management – your chance to show that you can control students and implement effective classroom management strategies 
  • Lesson Planning – it’s important to include solid examples of long term education delivery
  • Monitoring assessments and performance – how have you monitored and assessed students abilities
  • Diversity and SEN – what range of educational needs, language and culture have you experienced. Showcase how you have dealt with these. 
  • Lesson Delivery – a great chance to show how your lessons benefit students and help the achieve their goals

Highlight Your CPD in Your CV

All really strong teachers, teaching assistants and cover supervisors show commitment to continuing professional development. Employers definitely want to see this!

Make sure that you provide evidence of all your CPD, professional training, courses and inset days.

Out of School Interests

Whilst your interest and hobbies may not seem an important part of your cv, it’s another chance to show your personality and values. For example, if you have relevant interests, such as green issues, or an interest in sport, these could be of interest to the school. The important part is to carefully consider if your interests are relevant and worth mentioning.

Most schools are looking for people who will be part of the large community and those who have had more than school – university – school experience.

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