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If you are thinking of looking for a new teaching role in September, you may be thinking of handing your notice in now before the end of May deadline. Typically, teachers are expected to provide three months’ notice if they intend to leave at the end of the summer term.
Most publicly funded schools in England follow the provisions set out in the Burgundy Book – Conditions of Service for Teachers in England and Wales, which specifies the notice periods required for teachers in local authority maintained schools.
This means there are three key dates you would be expected to give your resignation if you wish to leave your teaching job. They are:
With this said, your contract of employment will include details on the amount of notice you are expected to give when leaving your post. So it is worth checking your contract carefully, but as a rule to leave at the end of the summer term, you should resign by the end of May.
Whether a printed letter or email, it is common practice to submit your notice in writing. While email is legally sufficient, it is better to write a letter as it is more formal and professional. We also recommend keeping a copy of the letter to avoid any discrepancies that may crop up regarding when you notified your employer you wish to resign.
Crucial elements to include in your resignation letter include:
Unless otherwise stipulated in your contract of employment, your resignation letter should be addressed to your headteacher or principal. However, for headteachers and principles resignation letters should be addressed to the chair of governors or to the person stated in your contract.
While some independent schools, academies and free schools may not adhere to the Burgundy Book, the vast majority do. If however they do not, check your contract for guidance on notice periods and the person who should receive your resignation letter to ensure you are not in breach of contract.
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