Curriculum Vitaes or CVs are a vital part of your future teaching career. What fields/categories should you include on your CV?
Again, there is really no right answer but the following points should help. Do remember that your teaching experience should always be in reverse chronological order (i.e., your most recent post first). Remember that you are not required to state your sex, religion, race or nationality on the CV. Photos are also not legally required!

Professional Conduct:

Essential Information:


Name: Make sure your name is clear and visible at the top of the front page. You can include your name at the top or bottom of each further page should you wish to. Health/drivers licence/identity number/mothers maiden name/marital status etc: should not appear on the CV.

Date of birth: Use "date of birth" as a heading as it is more appropriate than age.

Address/phone/email: Include your mobile phone number!

Education: University qualifications only. You must include the University name and the city in which the University is located. Any other certificates should be included in a separate section towards the end of your CV in something like "Awards and Certificates." Once again the entries must be in reverse chronological order.
E.g.,
2002 PGCE Art and Design (Secondary), University of Central England in Birmingham
2001 MA Fine Art, University of Central England in Birmingham
1999 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Coventry University

Employment: This is obviously the most crucial section of the CV; it is here where you highlight your strengths and experiences. You should clearly label each position with a date range. For example, to write 1999 - 2000 assumes you worked 1 full year, however Jan 1999 - July 2000 is 18 months.
E.g.,
January 2000 - July 2001, Great Barr School, Birmingham

Include the name of the school and the city. Make sure you state the year level you were teaching, subjects, any areas of responsibility, programmes you were involved in developing, special needs in your class etc. If you have been teaching for quite a few years, pay more attention to the most recent posts and simply list the schools, dates and year groups as the years go back. Ensure that you do not leave any gaps in your employment history as this will be picked up during the interview.
Professional development: Any courses relating to teaching you have taken and the approximate dates of these. Once again these must be relevant to your role as a teacher.
E.g.,
July 2002 - Implementing Circle time in the Primary school

Other information:


Awards and certificates: Can be activities both in and out of school.

Interests: This will tell your prospective employer a little more about your extra curricular interests and could be exactly what the Head is looking for.

Voluntary experience: This does not have to be teaching related but if it is, I would direct it towards the top end of your CV. Include the names of organisations (or even schools) and dates that you were involved with them. You may want to include any camps or summer programmes. However, if it is not entirely relevant to a teaching post , do remember to keep it brief.

References: There is no reason why you need to include this on your CV. You may end up sending the same CV to numerous employers and you may not want to give each and every potential employer these details as some could very well take the liberty of contacting these referees prior to your authorisation. Why not simply say "References are available on request" and if an employer asks you for them directly you can always give the details of the appropriate referees.

© adapted from: http://www.teacherstalk.co.uk/resources/teaching_cv.php

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