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Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by littlemissraw, Mar 5, 2012.
There are set resignation dates; end of May for September start and any variation on this has to be with the employers permission. The school would have to agree to let you go earlier.It is best to make the head aware that you do plan to leave this prepares them to start looking for replacement and also to respond to any reference requests for you. Most references are taken prior to shortlisting decisions.
Teachers leave posts all the time so the is no reason for any problems if you are up front about your plans
The official resignation date is the last day of May, make sure in your letter that you specify your leaving date as 31st August (I have known some heads end pay at the end of July because someone make the mistake of sayinmg their last day would be the last day of term).
Do talk to the head - you never know, they may try to keep you on with an incentive of an extra pay point? Teachers do leave allk the time and if you say early enough it defuses any tension over an unexpected reference request!
If you are lucky and getanother job earely, then again, an early resignation note goes down well as it menas a Head acan start thgeir search that little bit earlier.