Changing and moving between roles in any area presents its own challenges, but teaching and working in schools brings a specific set of hurdles and procedures.
So where do you start when you’re thinking of leaving your teaching position?
There are a couple of key elements to take in consideration:
- When you’re planning to leave
- Who you need to inform first
Generally, teachers are expected to leave their posts at the end of one of the three school terms – Autumn, Spring and Summer.
Former Head teacher Joe Mangan shares his expert advice:
How is leaving a teaching role best handled in your experience as a head teacher?
“The first thing to realise is that Heads will expect a degree of staff turnover. Before you apply for a new position, I would always advise that you speak to your Head about it out of courtesy, particularly as you may be asking them for a reference.
Once you have been offered the job, let your Head know and always hand in your resignation as early as possible, but only once you have received written confirmation of the job offer. This will be very much appreciated by the school as it will allow them the greatest amount of time to fill your post.”
Dos and don’ts
Do speak with your Head before applying for a post. It may be you want to leave because you are not happy about something specific which they may be able to address. They may also be able to help you with your application.
Don’t worry about telling the Head, it’s not unusual for people to resign from their posts in a school.
Do resign as early as possible but don’t resign before you have written confirmation of the job offer.
Get in touch
If you feel that it’s time for you to move on or try something new then get in touch.