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Professional Teacher CV (UK): Examples, Template, Tips in 2024

A teacher CV can be a daunting writing assignment. But with our study guide, writing a teacher CV is almost as easy as a fill-in-the-blanks exercise.

Maciej Duszynski, CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer, Career Expert
Professional Teacher CV (UK): Examples, Template, Tips in 2024

O Captain! my Captain...

You’re about to learn how to seize your dream job by making your teacher CV just as extraordinary as you. This works for a new teacher CV as well as experienced teacher CV. 

It all comes down to what you show and how.

This guide will show you:

  • Good teacher CV examples that get jobs in the UK.
  • How to ace your teacher job description on a CV.
  • How to write a cv for a teacher job.
  • Expert hints and examples to boost your chances of landing teaching jobs.

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Teacher CV Sample

William R. Johnson
ESL Teacher

070 0347 5530
will.johnson@email.com
linkedin.com/in/willjohnson
twitter.com/willjohnson

Personal Statement

A passionate ESL Teacher with 10+ years of experience. Specialised in preparing teenage and adult students for ETS examinations. Eager to join Kings's School to help students build the necessary skills to gain intellectual independence. Achieved student exam scores of 80% and upwards on average.

Experience

In-house ESL Teacher 

Languages R UK

August 2012–October 2017

  • Prepared 15+ lesson plans weekly that accommodated students on various levels of proficiency in English.
  • Managed classes of 10+ students that included supervising collaborative projects and creating an engaging environment for learning languages.
  • Developed a unique CBI teaching method that increased student engagement by up to 75%.
  • Collaborated with a team of 5 other teachers on improving ESL teaching curriculum.
  • Tested and evaluated students on a monthly basis to assess progress, and provide feedback on strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Trained and mentored 4 new teachers.

Key Achievements:

  • Trained students for the ETS exam suite resulting in a 20% increase in average exam scores for the school.
  • Successfully prepared 10+ candidates for the TOEFL Exam achieving the scores of 100+ (over 80%).

Freelance ESL work (Europe & Asia) 

November 2008–July 2012

  • Designed curricula and conducted English courses on various levels of advancement (beginner to proficient).
  • Applied conventional and experimental methods to conduct classes of 5+ adult students.
  • Prepared and conducted 10 English language focused workshops (eg. on business writing, intercultural communication) for groups of 50+ ESL learners.
  • Proofread and edited ESL training materials for Macmillan Publishers and Oxford University Press.
  • Worked with 50+ individual students at various levels of proficiency to prepare them for language tests (incl., TOEFL, TOLES, and others).

Key Achievements:

  • Coordinated a team of 10+ teachers to test 200+ students, assign them to groups, and develop curricula for a large international ESL training project.
  • Gamified learning grammar by introducing a digital badge system for 100+ students.

Education

BA in Education, University of Brighton

2006–2008

Grade 2.1

Relevant coursework: A Comparative and Cultural Approach to International Education, Equality and Inclusion in Education, Comparative Education

Certifications

2010—DELTA
2009—CELTA

2008—QTC

Publications

  • Content-Based Instruction in the Context of ESL Teaching to Children and Adults (Teacher's Digest, 2016)

Key Skills

  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom management
  • Preparation of learning materials
  • Rapport building
  • Teaching methods
  • Testing and assessment
  • Tech-savvy

Languages

  • French—Fluent
  • Mandarin Chinese—Advanced

Interests

  • Developmental psychology
  • Mountaineering
  • European and Asian cultures

The role of a teacher involves creating educational plans and imparting knowledge to students across all levels. They are responsible for evaluating assessments and keeping track of academic progress. Teachers can specialize in specific subjects or deliver general knowledge across a wide spectrum.

1. Choose the Best CV Format for a Teacher

First off—

You must cope with the recruiter’s low attention span. They’ll only spend about 7 seconds looking at your CV.

So, make sure your teacher’s CV is easily scannable and reader-friendly.

  • Go for the reverse-chronological teacher CV format. This way you’ll bring your experience and key achievements to the front.
  • Choose simple and readable CV fonts. Aim at anything between 10–12pt. Write simple headings. Embrace white space.
  • Stick to a one page CV unless you have a lot of experience.
  • Make sure you begin with a teacher CV personal statement or career objective. Move on to experience, and then to education.
  • Add a teacher CV skills section, list all your certifications, mention your additional activitiesand hobbies.

Expert Hint: Save your teacher CV as a PDF file. It will be readable to ATSs (Applicant Tracking Systems) and its formatting will stay intact.

2. Start Your Teacher CV with a Career Objective or Summary

This section of your teacher CV is as important as the first impression with your students.

It sets the tone for everything that follows. You need to come across as a personable expert from the start. The question is—

How to do that in a summary for a teacher CV?

This simple formula will help you nail the CV summary every time:

  1. An adjective
  2. Job title
  3. Years of experience
  4. What you can offer and how it will help
  5. Your biggest achievement

Here’s what it looks like in practise:

Teacher CV Sample—Summary

Good Example
A passionate ESL Teacher with 10+ years of experience. Specialised in preparing teenage and adult students for ETS examinations. Eager to join Kings's School to help students build the necessary skills to gain intellectual independence. Achieved student exam scores of 80% and upwards on average.
Bad Example
An experienced English Teacher with some major professional successes. Would like to join the school.

What if you’ve got no experience?

If you can’t put much experience on your CV, go for a teacher CV objective. Those focus on your achievements and explain why you’re a great fit.

CV Objective for a Teacher—Example

Good Example
A cheerful and adaptable individual with one year of experience as a supply teacher. Eager to conduct fun and edifying group activities for preschoolers at Grand Central Nursery. Successfully engaged groups of 15+ children in art- and dance-focused activities.
Bad Example
A cheerful individual eager to join your nursery. Wants to gain work experience as a teacher.

Expert Hint: Your objective or summary should come first on your teacher CV. BUT you can write it at the very end—when the rest of your professional CV template is ready. Just pick the juiciest bits and write a snappy intro.

3. Write the Perfect Teacher CV Skills and Job Description

Your teaching skills and experience are the single most important reason why you will (or won’t) get hired.

So—

Make sure you give the recruiter everything they need by scattering the relevant skills throughout your entire CV.

Here’s how to do it right:

  1. Go through the job posting.
  2. Identify the sought-after teacher CV skills and duties.
  3. Make sure your teacher CV bullets cover them.

Teacher CV Example—Job Description

Good Example

In-house ESL Teacher 

Languages R UK

August 2012–October 2017

  • Prepared 15+ lesson plans weekly that accommodated students on various levels of proficiency in English.
  • Managed classes of 10+ students that included supervising collaborative projects and creating an engaging environment for learning languages.
  • Developed a unique CBI teaching method that increased student engagement by up to 75%.
  • Collaborated with a team of 5 other teachers on improving ESL teaching curriculum.
  • Tested and evaluated students on a monthly basis to assess progress, and provide feedback on strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Trained and mentored 4 new teachers.

Key Achievements:

  • Trained students for the ETS exam suite resulting in a 20% increase in average exam scores for the school.
  • Successfully prepared 10+ candidates for the TOEFL Exam achieving the scores of 100+ (over 80%).
Bad Example
  • Responsible for preparing various lesson plans
  • Responsible for class management
  • Knowledge of teaching methods
  • Responsible for curriculum development
  • Students testing
  • Teacher training

Expert Hint: Double check your teacher job description for action words. Use strong verbs, avoid repeating the hackneyed responsible for formula.

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One important thing—

Your teacher CV job description must be more than a laundry list of responsibilities.

It should list your achievements. In other words, it must show how good you are at performing your duties.

And remember—

In the 21st century, a number is worth a thousand words.

So, quantify your experience and achievements. Use percentages, hours, or numbers of students taught.

Now, take another look at the highlights in the teacher CV bullets above. Find your skills there.

Prune them, and leave the essence. What you’re left with should look something like this:

Teacher Skills CV

  • Lesson planning
  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom management
  • Preparation of learning materials
  • Learning project supervision
  • Rapport building
  • Teaching methods
  • Teamwork
  • Testing and assessment skills
  • Mentoring
  • Knowledge of industry-specific exams
  • Tech-savvy

The list is long and impressive, so it’s easy to go overboard. To avoid this, limit yourself to 5–7 key skills relevant to the position.

Put them in a separate teaching CV skills section.

In an interview, you’ll be able to go through each item on your teacher CV skills and back it up with examples from your experience section.

4. Turn Vital Education into a Reason to Hire You

As a teacher, you know the value of education. So, don’t take this section for granted. List your coursework and relevant activities.

Make the education section on your CV work for you.

Teacher CV Example—Education

Good Example

BA in Education, University of Brighton

2006–2008

Grade 2.1

Relevant coursework: A Comparative and Cultural Approach to International Education, Equality and Inclusion in Education, Comparative Education

Expert Hint: Take full advantage of your educational background. Especially if you’re a new teacher or preparing a trainee teacher CV and your experience is limited.

5. Add Relevant Certifications to Your Teacher CV

Learning is a lifelong journey.

So is teaching.

Prove you’re keen on self-improvement with teacher certifications on your CV.

Create a separate certifications section, like so:

Sample Teacher CV—Certifications

Certifications

2010—DELTA
2009—CELTA

2008—QTC

Expert Hint: Your teacher CV will be twice as effective if you write a cover letter. More than 50% of recruiters expect you to submit one, but less than half of applicants do. Outsmart the lazy ones.

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Key Points

Writing a good teacher CV is pretty easy once you know how to do it right.

  • Start with choosing a teacher CV template that’s right for you. An experienced teacher CV needs a larger experience section than a new teacher CV.
  • Tailor your CV to a specific job offer. Make sure your teacher CV skills and experience bullets reflect the requirements from the job ad. If there’s no job ad, check out the school’s teacher requirements.
  • Don’t waste space. But don’t clutter it either. Make as much as possible of the one page you have. Use white space to your advantage.
  • List your certifications. They show your teacher qualifications and your willingness to develop professionally.
  • Add some extra info. Your hobbies and interests do matter. Make sure they fit the position and make you an interesting candidate.
  • Write a teacher cover letter. Or if you are looking for something more specific, check out the substitute teacher cover letter example and the elementary teacher cover letter example.

Any questions on how to write a great educator CV? Do you have useful advice on writing different teacher CVs (math teacher CV or middle school teacher CV)? We’d love to hear from you. Leave your comment below.

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Maciej Duszynski, CPRW
Experienced in the education management industry, Maciej shares his knowledge for every step of your job hunt, from landing an internship to moving to an executive position. Maciej has helped job candidates at all stages of their career paths, from interns to directors to C-suite members, to thrive in their job. His mission is to help you find the right opportunity and create a job application that gets you the career you deserve.

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