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 2021 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.
2021 Teacher Resignation Dates for UK Teachers
|I want to leave…||I need to resign by…|
|Easter Holidays||28th February 2021|
|Summer Holidays||31st May 2021|
|Christmas Holidays||31st October 2021|
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. So plan ahead! Get the teacher resignation dates for 2019 in your diary today.
If you need to write a resignation letter, download our free template.