I am always shocked at how many teachers don’t know they are committed to long notice periods. This is to protect the school and make sure some consistency is established for the children, as such the Teacher Resignation Dates 2020 align with End of Term Holidays. Essentially if you want to leave at the end of the term, you should submit your notice by the half-term proceeding it. According to the Burgundy Book, a teacher that wants to resign should use the following guidelines.
Teacher Resignation Dates in the UK
|I want to leave…||I need to resign by…|
|Summer 2019||31st May 2019|
|Christmas 2019||31st October 2019|
|Easter 2020||28th February 2020|
|Summer 2020||31st May 2020|
|Christmas 2020||31st October 2020|
If moving to another teaching role this is fairly straightforward as recruitment follows the same cycle. However, it is more challenging when you want to leave the profession and clarity over your leaving date will support you seeking work elsewhere. You should be applying for work around 6 – 3 months in advance of when you intend to leave the profession, providing a 12 week notice period would be acceptable in most of the roles you will likely be looking at. Some companies have incredibly long recruitment processes and you want to avoid approaching your intended notice period without a firm offer. Now you know the teacher resignation dates for 2020, it’s time to start planning your next steps!
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