What to do after resigning from a teaching job

What to do after resigning from a teaching job


I’m a teacher who has resigned, now what?

You’ve resigned from your teaching position and now working out what steps to take in finding your next role.

Before you start your journey of looking for your next job, have a think about how you can boost your skills and make your CV more appealing in the eyes of employers.

One way you can do this in a short space of time is by increasing your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. Many of these courses are online and flexible, therefore investing just a few hours can pay dividends in the long run.

Online learning

We have teamed up with CPD Online College to bring you a range of courses that will improve your skills and expertise, gain confidence, stay up to date in parts of education and as a whole help to boost your career. Have a look through our CPD courses.

Another way is to review your whole CV (including any roles from previous years) to make sure it is relevant, up to date and includes the key points for your next role. Generally, employers only want to see information that is only relevant to the role you are applying for. Follow our How to Write a Teaching CV guide to help you get it right.

One thing to remember is that unlike other jobs where references are requested after an offer has been made, teaching jobs require references before. Therefore, it’s best to let your school’s headteacher know that you’ll be applying to new jobs to avoid any awkwardness when they receive a reference request.

Applying to new teaching jobs


Before you start searching for a new role, have a think about the different types of teaching jobs you can choose from. Your circumstances may have changed since you last applied for a role, and you may prefer another type that’s better suited to your lifestyle and needs.

You can apply for a teaching post throughout the academic year, however there are two peak times when the teacher job market is at its highest. The first is in the Autum term starting in September, at the beginning of the academic year and the second is towards the latter part of the Spring term, when notice of resignations begin to be issued, so it’s worth bearing this in mind.

For longer-term and permanent posts, it is likely that you’ll be asked to deliver an observed lesson as part of the application process. Some schools may ask you to teach particular topic, while others will leave it to you to pick your own, therefore it’s worth researching the school beforehand and brushing up on your lesson plan skills.

lesson observation

If you are looking for a permanent teaching post and you miss the deadline, don’t worry as you can always opt for Supply Teaching whilst you continue your job search.

Once you’ve explored some teaching job vacancies and found one that seems like the perfect fit, it’s time to apply.

How TLTP Education can help you make a stress-free and successful job change


Here at TLTP Education, we are London’s leading teacher recruitment agency who have been helping teachers secure posts across all levels in Primary, Secondary and SEN since 2006. Browse through our latest jobs to see just some of the roles we have to offer.

All our consultants are experts and highly knowledgeable in their field, they work extremely closely with the schools they are recruiting for. This means we can provide a better match and find the school and role that’s right for you. What’s more we can market you to multiple schools in one go, without you having to fill in endless application forms. All you have to do is register with us, with an up-to-date CV and we’ll be in touch.

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