Be sure you use the proper cover letter format to make your cover letter readable and professional.

Teacher cover letter template (text format)

Dear [Mr/Ms/Mx] [Contact Person’s Surname],

I was excited to see the Maths Teacher vacancy at North London School recently advertised on [Website]. Your school’s ethos of ‘empowering pupils to reach their full potential’ resonates with me and aligns closely with my values. With QTS and 7 years’ experience teaching KS3 and KS4 mathematics, I believe I’d be a great candidate for the role.

I’m presently a maths teacher at Winchester College, where I’ve demonstrated excellent classroom management and skill in educating pupils of all learning abilities. I’ve experienced great results by using creative and interactive teaching methods and varying my approach to get through to every pupil.

I’m always striving to improve my pupils’ academic performance, which is evident through the following accomplishments:

  • Increased GCSE A*–B attainment from 70 to 85% during my tenure, which contributed to elevating the school’s Ofsted rating to ‘Outstanding’.
  • Helped 100% of my pupils achieve the National Curriculum expected level while teaching classes of 25+.

In addition to my qualifications and experience, I’ve aspired to become a teacher since a young age. I relish the time I spend with my pupils and take pride in preparing them for their adult lives.

Working at NLS is a thrilling prospect. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the opportunity of joining your school’s reputable teaching staff. You may reach me by phone at 07888 888 888 or to schedule an interview.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,


[Your Name]


3 Tips for Writing a Great Teacher Cover Letter

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a cover letter in a way that makes you seem like the best candidate for the job.

If you’re a passionate educator looking for new opportunities to help students reach their academic goals, you’ll need a compelling teacher cover letter to go along with your CV.

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Follow these three tips to learn how to write a cover letter for a teaching job.

Tailor your cover letter to the specific school

Headteachers are looking for teachers who possess not just the basic skills and qualifications required to head a classroom, but for candidates who are also a good cultural fit for the school.

This is why it’s essential to write a unique cover letter for every application.

Writing a unique cover letter shows employers that you’re serious about the job, and that you’re aware of what it takes to succeed as a teacher at their school.

To find inspiration for your cover letter, you can use the:

  • Job advertisement – Look for keywords that appear multiple times in the job description and list of duties. These are great keywords to include in your cover letter to prove that you’ve understood the requirements of the school.
  • School website – Use the website to find out more about the types of events the school organises and what kind of projects students have been involved in. Then, mention these in your cover letter and explain how you’d use your skills and work experience to contribute to similar events and projects in the future.
  • School’s mission statement – Look up the school’s mission statement and explain in your cover letter how your own goals and values align with it.

Here’s a good example of how to target your teaching application letter to a particular school:

A teacher cover letter opening paragraph

This applicant mentions the school’s mission statement at the start of the cover letter to immediately grab the employer’s attention.

You can also look at cover letter examples online to get ideas for writing your teacher cover letter.

Highlight your greatest accomplishments in the classroom

As a teacher, it’s important that you monitor your students’ learning progress. This allows you to intervene in case their marks drop, and to evaluate whether your teaching methods are working or not.

To demonstrate that you understand the importance of results and hard numbers, quantify a couple of your greatest professional achievements in your teaching cover letter.

You can even use bullet points in the body of your cover letter to highlight a few key moments that you want to show employers.

Here’s an example of what that looks like in practice:

Bullet points on a teacher cover letter

By including numbers and percentages, this applicant proves that their teaching methods help students succeed.

Emphasise your soft skills on your teacher application letter

While hard skills such as computer literacy, subject knowledge and curriculum planning are necessary skills for an educator, it’s soft skills that separate a good teacher from a great one.

Soft skills are qualities that influence your teaching style and how you interact with your students. Having a strong set of soft skills will allow you to better connect with pupils and understand their individual learning needs.

Here are some key examples of soft skills to highlight on a teacher application letter:

Teacher Soft Skills

EmpathyActive listening
LeadershipMutual respect
PatienceTime management
Cultural competenceTrustworthiness
Constructive feedbackFriendliness
ResponsibilityProblem solving
Stress managementHumour
AdaptabilityConflict resolution
ObservationPositive reinforcement

This teaching applicant does a good job of drawing attention to their soft skills in their cover letter:

skills on a teacher cover letter

This candidate’s cover letter works because they highlight their ability to adapt their teaching depending on the student, making sure each pupil gets something out of the lesson.

And they’ll really impress the employer if they use complementary UK templates for their CV and cover letter.

Ida Pettersson, a CV Genius careers expert and CV writing specialist.
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Ida Pettersson

After graduating from New College of Florida with a BA in Philosophy and Chinese Language and Culture, Ida moved to Hong Kong to begin her own career journey and finally settled in Taiwan. Her insights on CV writing, interview strategies, and career development have been featured on websites such as, Digital Marketer, and SheCanCode.