Ensure your CV format is structured to best highlight your unique experience and life situation.

Teacher CV template (text format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Compassionate and dedicated English Language Instructor with QTS and 4+ years of experience teaching diverse student populations. Well-versed in employing a variety of instructional techniques with a solid commitment to the social, academic, and professional growth of students. Empathic professional who is skilled at developing and implementing interactive lesson plans to increase student knowledge.

EDUCATION

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (2015–2018)
Bachelor of Arts in Education, upper second-class honours (2:1)

Relevant Modules
Teaching of English as a Second Language: Issues and Challenges, Childhood, Youth, and Transitions, Digital Learning and Society, Educational Theory and Practice

The Bishop’s Stortford High School, Bishop’s Stortford (2008–2014)
A-Levels: History (A*), Politics (A), Psychology (B)
GCSEs: 10 A–C including English Language (A), English Literature (A), History (A), Maths (B), Science (A), Additional Science (B), IT (Merit)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Royal High School Bath
English Teacher, December 2019–present

  • Develop a student-centred classroom, encouraging critical thinking and making time for group discussions
  • Create goals and outlines for courses of study, following National Curriculum guidelines and school policy
  • Used effective teaching and class management techniques to deliver instructions to a class of 50+ students, improving exam results by 30%
  • Organised and coordinated 20+ school trips to cultural institutions
  • Taught email writing, letter writing, and cross-cultural communication skills to students
  • Developed and maintained a positive learning environment, which resulted in a 10% average increase in exam results for pupils

Queen Elizabeth I Secondary School, Bath
English Teacher, May 2018–November 2019

  • Trained students in listening comprehension, use of correct grammar, and complex grammatical sentence structures
  • Developed effective lesson plans according to curriculum objectives and helped pupils prepare for examinations in a 2,000+ pupil school
  • Monitored 150+ students’ progress throughout the term and collaborated with other staff members to efficiently plan and coordinate lessons
  • Reduced student fail rate by 22% in classrooms with 40+ students
  • Achieved >15% reduction in the number of out of school suspensions from the previous school year

KEY SKILLS

  • Solid organisational skills with ability to support and teach challenging concepts to students, including breaking down topics, scaffolding, re-teaching, and checking for comprehension
  • Technically proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Bilingual, fluent in English and German
  • Strong oral and written communication skills when teaching students and collaborating with other teachers and administrators

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Avid gym goer
  • Amateur flute player
  • Experienced gardener

How to write a teacher CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

If you’re targeting a teaching job in the UK, your prospects are great as more teachers are needed to reduce an increasing pupil-teacher ratio.

Applying for a university teaching role? You might need to learn how to write an academic CV to highlight publications, conferences, and other academia-specific information.

But increased demand for teachers doesn’t mean schools will lower their hiring standards. To land a rewarding post at your preferred school, you have to prove you’re the best teacher for the job.

To set yourself apart from other applicants, you need to make a CV that gets you to the top of employers’ interview shortlists. Here are six tips for writing your best teacher CV:

1. Format your teacher CV properly

A properly formatted CV includes sections for your:

While your name and contact information always go at the top followed by your personal statement, you should order the rest of the sections so that the information most likely to get the recruiter’s attention is near the top of the first page.

For example, if you’re a recent graduate without much teaching experience, you can move your education and skills sections up to emphasise your training.

To make it easier to structure your teacher CV so it’s easy to read, choose a simple CV template with clear section headers and bulleted lists.

2. Write an engaging personal statement

A personal statement is a 2–3 sentence introduction to your CV. Your personal statement is an essential part of your teacher CV because:

  • employers expect to see it as part of a standard UK CV
  • it’s the first part of your CV the reviewer reads, making it a prime spot for your top selling points
  • when written well, it leads the reviewer to pay close attention to the rest of your CV

To write a personal statement that impresses CV reviewers at all levels of the UK education system:

  • start with your professional title and teaching status (NQT or QTS) so the employer knows right away that you’re qualified for the post
  • highlight your best achievement or most relevant experience, providing data for maximum impact
  • show your passion for teaching
  • state how your skills can benefit the school

Here’s an example of a job-winning personal statement for a teacher CV:

A teacher CV personal statement with three sentences describing the applicant's education qualifications.
Highlight your most job-specific information in your teacher CV’s personal statement.

3. Quantify your teaching experience

To make your CV stand out to recruiters, highlight your top teaching achievements with hard numbers in your CV’s work experience section. Adding hard numbers gives employers a clear picture of what you can accomplish if they hire you to teach for them.

Hard numbers you can showcase in your teacher CV include:

  • the sizes of classes you’ve taught
  • average grade increases you produced
  • class attendance rates

Below are two bullet points from a teacher CV that emphasise impressive results with hard numbers:

  • Used effective teaching and class management techniques to deliver instructions to a class of 50+ students, improving exam results by 30%
  • Organised and coordinated 60+ school trips to cultural institutions

4. Highlight your education qualifications

Show school recruiters that you’re a well-rounded applicant who meets their qualifications by making an education section for your CV that includes your:

  • university degree
  • dissertation (if applicable)
  • relevant modules
  • GCSEs
  • A-Levels

Here’s an example of how a teacher CV’s education section should look:

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, NORWICH (2015–2018)
Bachelor of Arts in Education, upper second-class honours (2:1)

Relevant Modules: The Role of Modality in English Grammar (Dissertation), Teaching of English as a Second Language: Issues and Challenges, Childhood, Youth, and Transitions, Digital Learning and Society, Educational Theory and Practice

THE BISHOP’S STORTFORD HIGH SCHOOL, BISHOP’S STORTFORD (2008–2014)

A-Levels: History (A*), Politics (A), Psychology (B)
GCSEs: 10 A–C including English Language (A), English Literature (A), History (A), Maths (B), Science (A), Additional Science (B), IT (Merit)

5. Emphasise your teaching skills

Make a skills section for your CV that lists your core teaching abilities. Education employers look for a mix of technical and soft CV skills that show you can get A* results in the classroom:

Technical skills

Include examples from your teaching experience that show your technical knowledge and skills related to the subject you teach:

  • Maths: physics, statistics, data analytics
  • Physical education (PE): coaching, kinesiology, CPR
  • Art: fine art skills, art history knowledge, design software (Photoshop, Premiere, and Autodesk Maya)
  • IT class: coding languages, hardware repair, software troubleshooting
  • Modern foreign languages (MFL): foreign languages, TESOL certification (certTESOL, CELTA)
  • History: research skills
  • Science: chemistry skills, maths skills, investigation skills

Also add technical classroom management skills to your CV:

 

  • Classroom management software (Impero, Eduspot, Pappaya)
  • Hybrid teaching or distance learning tools (Zoom, Pro AV devices)
  • SMART Board
  • Basic computer skills
  • Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  • Cloud computing (Google Drive, Dropbox)
  • Lesson planning skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Handwriting skills (for writing on traditional and digital whiteboards)

 

6. Explain your teacher CV with a cover letter

You may have heard that cover letters are no longer necessary, but that’s not true. Employers receive many CVs with similar skills and experience, and reading cover letters helps them decide which candidates to interview.

So learn how to write a cover letter that:

  • introduces yourself to the employer
  • shows your passion for teaching
  • gives examples of how your skills and experience can benefit your target school
  • requests an interview

If you use a pre-formatted CV template for UK jobs, find a corresponding cover letter template. When you make a cover letter and CV that match, you show employers attention to detail that translates well to the classroom.


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Aaron Case

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior CV Expert at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like Forbes, MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.