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How To Write A Successful Teaching CV
One of the most important aspects in obtaining a teaching position is the ability to "sell yourself" to a Headteacher. Your initial impression with a prospective Headteacher will be through your CV. Consequently your CV could either get you an interview or relegate you to the "not wanted" list.
How should I lay out my CV?
There is no right or wrong way to present your CV to an employer/school, what is important is that your CV should be clear and concise, outlining achievements in your teaching career and interests. Your CV should focus on the requirements and attributes that the Headteacher wants as well as interests that are relevant to his/her school. Your CV should be between 2 - 3 pages in length.
What fields/categories should I include on my CV?
Again, there are no right or wrong answers but the following points will go a long way to help. Do remember that your teaching experience should always be in reverse chronological order (i.e., your most recent post first).
> Health/drivers licence/identity number/mothers maiden name/marital status etc:
> Date of birth:
2002 PGCE Art and Design (Secondary), University of Central England in Birmingham
2001 MA Fine Art, University of Central England in Birmingham
1999 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Coventry University
January 2000 - July 2001, Great Barr School, Birmingham
Include the name of the school and the city. Make sure you state the year level you were teaching, subjects, any areas of responsibility, programmes you were involved in developing, special needs in your class etc. If you have been teaching for quite a few years, pay more attention to the most recent posts and simply list the schools, dates and year groups as the years go back. Ensure that you do not leave any gaps in your employment history as this will be picked up during the interview.
> Professional development:
July 2002 - Implementing Circle time in the Primary school
What other areas are important to include on my CV?
> Awards and certificates:
> Voluntary experience:
> SEN experience:
What can I do with my CV if I haven't been teaching for a while or am newly qualified?
> Teaching practice:If you are a newly qualified teacher , list the schools you have been placed in, what year levels you worked with and anything particular about the school that will enhance your credentials.
You may want to include a teaching statement that encompasses your ideals, reasons and approach to teaching. This can also be done if you are looking for a slight change in direction (i.e., special needs, EAL, support work, key stage level change, etc). It is always nice to have some sort of statement that tells your prospective employer about you and where your interests in teaching lie.
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