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Letter of resignation

Discussion in 'Personal' started by dogcat, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. dogcat

    dogcat New commenter

    How do you write one? Just the initial bit I need help with in terms of wording it correctly.
    Never had to write a letter of resignation and want to get the formality of it correct, any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. Dear Head Teacher, I am writing to inform you of my resignation effective from 31st December. Yours sincerely D. Cat.

    You can add: I have enjoyed working at your school and am leaving to take up a position at X school or whatever. Just put "I resign" and a date.
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  3. dande

    dande New commenter

    I once wrote on mine, 'Thank you for your support throughout the past year.'
    Read into that what you like!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Here's an oldie written by the Great Nomad some time ago.
    I believe that it has excellent advice for anyone writing a resignation letter. TheoGriff.
    A good resignation letter can be short and concise. However, an
    exceptional letter of resignation accomplishes much more in that it
    leaves your current headteacher with a positive feeling about you and
    establishes a basis for positive references in the future.

    Here are the points to consider for your resignation letter:

    • Don't get personal or write personal remarks about your life and feelings in your resignation letter.
    If you are leaving on bad terms, resist writing negative comments or
    complaints about the school, the job or other teaching staff in your
    letter of resignation.
    • Clearly state that you are resigning and the effective resignation date.
    Indicate that you regret leaving and mention positive things about your
    experience, your teaching and other colleagues, your work and the
    • Express enthusiasm and appreciation for the post and
    responsibilities you have held and the experience and knowledge you have
    • Emphasize and highlight your most important contributions to the school or department.

    underestimate the importance of your performance during the last part
    of the term. It is tempting to relax and release (and even to party, as
    suggested above) but this is not a good idea as your professional
    reputation is at stake:
    • Remain focused. Continue to give it your very best effort right up until the last day of term.
    Your colleagues will be curious about why you are leaving. Tell them
    exactly what you told the headteacher. Assume that anything you say will
    get back, and negative comments you make can be used to make your
    colleagues look loyal while making you look like a liar.
    • Ensure
    that you have completed any outstanding tasks and participated in the
    smooth handover (if this is possible) of any pupil records or other
    documentation. Keep your Year Leader informed that you are actively
    participating in this process and that you are being as co-operative as
    • Maintain a positive attitude about the school you are
    leaving and resist gloating about your next job. Your colleagues will
    remember your professionalism.
    • Spend some time to speak to all of
    your colleagues, including line manager. Thank them for their support
    and their contribution to your time. Get their contact information
    because they will be helpful to your future personal and career
    • If you have an exit interview with the headteacher
    (some do it, some don’t), avoid any negative comments or criticisms. If
    you did have problems, be objective and brief in your statements and
    maintain your professionalism and composure.
    You should remember that you may need to call upon your current Headteacher or HoD for a reference in the future, so do everything possible to leave a lasting impression of a competent, committed and highly professional teacher.
    Best of luck!
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  5. Whether I'm thrilled or heartbroken to be going my letter is always the same:
    "Dear HT
    I wish to give notice of my resignation from the post of xxxx with effect from xxxxx.
    Yours sincerely
    L Ofthefield"
    They're busy.
  6. morning star

    morning star New commenter

    That would be mine too, Lily.

    You're just officially telling them that you're going and they need to find someone else.

  7. dogcat

    dogcat New commenter

    Thanks everyone
  8. This is mine

    I wish to give notice of my resignation from the post of class teacher with effect from xx/xx/xx.
    I would like to take this opportunity to say that making this decision has been difficult, as working at xxxxxxxxx has been a positive experience and one for which I am grateful. The school has always provided me with opportunities to develop my experience and expertise. From joining the school as an NQT and being given the opportunity to be seconded as an acting deputy headteacher at yyyyyyyy, xxxxxxxx has always supported me through my career.

  9. I don't know what's happened to the formatting. Oh well.
  10. wow what a fab resignation letter :)
  11. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    When I resigned from my last job, I had to look it up on Google as I'd never written one before. I resisted the temptation to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Not because i would ever want a reference from them, but because, had i started telling the truth, the letter would have been as long as 'War and Peace'!!
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  12. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    So 'fab' it's taken you two years to notice?
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  13. bristolmover

    bristolmover New commenter

    I had some very good advice when I left my last job:
    Start as many have said 'Please accept this letter as notice for my resignation on...DATE...
    Then I added 'Many thanks for all the wonderful opprtunities I've had here, notably....
    then went on to list all the things I'd done for the school, so they were aware should they need a write a reference.
    Finished 'I wish you all the best'
  14. Don't waste time, effort and emotion. Just say you're resigning as from... They don't care; everyone is dispensable and you're just a cog in their machine. Focus your energy on your future instead.
  15. I didn't mean to tell you twice!

  16. Know you didn't want a critique, just wanted to say thanks, a great help!
  17. How is this for a resignation letter?

    It is with regret and anticipation that I submit my resignation,
    effective of the end of the summer term on Tuesday 23rd<font size="3"> July 2013. </font>I would like to take this opportunity to say that making this decision
    has been difficult, as working at XXXXXXX
    has been a positive experience
    and one for which I am grateful.
    has always been a dream of mine to work in the independent sector and I did not
    believe that this dream would come true at this stage in my career having only
    recently starting at XXXXXXX.

    Yours sincerely

  18. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The governors probably don't know you and the HT may well just be vaguely aware of you, mine just has the one topic of conversation with me that's in his mental box labelled "Mr.M.". No one else will read the letter.
    Once gone, you'll hardly be thought about again and they certainly won't remember your resignation letter if you want a reference some years later.
  19. I've only been here two terms and quite frankly I am chuffed to be moving on to bigger and better things but I thought I would leave a positive letter which this is I believe!
    Thanks for the feedback!!

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