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Notice wording

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by njs1999, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. tricolas

    tricolas New commenter


    Please can someone advise on the best way to word a resignation letter, whereby the official notice is Easter but the school will allow me to leave earlier should they find a replacement, as this is what they have suggested.

  2. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    Dear X
    Further to our conversation on DATE, I am writing to confirm that my last date of employment will be (last day of Easter holidays), however, I appreciate you agreeing to release me earlier, should a suitable replacement be found earlier.

    Depending on the reasons for leaving, it's good manners to then thank the head for the opportunities you have been given.

    Yours faithfully,
  3. tricolas

    tricolas New commenter

    Thanks for the reply. I was going to write something thanking them for the opportunity and wishing them well.

    Thanks again
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  4. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    You can certainly add that if you wish. Nothing wrong with a little emollient in the letter.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  5. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    Add a suitable emoji at the end ;)
  6. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    This is precisely why my recent resignation letter was just 2 lines long!!
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  7. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    What sooooexcited said in post #2. Keep it short and snappy and to the point.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  8. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Definitely say something positive if the school is trying to do you a favour. By the way, be careful about the leaving date if you are not going to another school. The official date, according to the Burgundy Book, is 30 April, not Easter. What you don't want is the school agreeing for you to leave on the last day of next term. If you are going to stay until then, you want it to be the last day of the holiday.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    30th April. Be quite clear. NOT end of Easter term.
    agathamorse likes this.
  10. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Last day of the Easter holidays (giving the actual date) would be fine if the Op doesn't want to stay until 30 April. But, as you say, last day of term could go wrong. According to the Burgundy Book, it is 30 April, but best to avoid any doubt.
    agathamorse likes this.
  11. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Burgundy book stuff. The Easter date is the hardest of resignation dates. Everyone ties themselves up in knots. Specify the date. And then say you are prepared to mutually agree to reduce the notice required should the school find this helpful.
    agathamorse likes this.
  12. diddydave

    diddydave Established commenter

    Be careful as they may take it that they can let you go just a 'little' bit early...i.e. not pay you for the holidays without having found a replacement for you before then...or even pay a supply teacher to cover the last day of the term to save them paying you over the Easter holidays.
  13. tricolas

    tricolas New commenter

    Thanks all for your advice.

    They've kindly agreed to let me leave at Christmas, as (unfortunately) the role was starting to affect my mental health.
    Teeacher12345 likes this.
  14. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Good. Following the discussion about Easter, you do need to check that this actually means 31 December, not the end of the school term.
    FollyFairy likes this.
  15. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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