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Creating a CV

As you go through your career you collect experience and strategies and ideas. These should not just remain in your head but be documented for use in a number of ways. One important way is to keep them listed in your CV.

Your experience

As you go through your career you collect experience and strategies and ideas. These should not just remain in your head but be documented for use in a number of ways. One important way is to keep them listed in your CV.

Your CV is not just about what you achieve in terms of qualifications and dates of where these were achieved. It should be about your development and what is relevant to your classroom experience. Your CPD in other words.

Your CPD Portfolio

Make sure you keep your CPD recorded, especially where this is accredited. What have you achieved that has professionally enhanced your work and would be of interest to a school and valuable for your classes?

Your part in the school community

Apart from your own individual attempts, what about whole school work and working with colleagues? What about school trips and extracurricular activities? Being part of the school community is important and worth logging.

A good CV goes the extra mile and yours should allow you to step up to the mark and be recognised as worthwhile interviewing. Schools need more than good classroom teachers; they need, and are enhanced by, teachers who contribute to the whole community of the school. Make sure you recognise the extra work and interests you take in your CV content.

Death by detail

A word of caution. Your CV should be detailed but not such a length that it intimidates the reader. Be clear and thorough but expect that an interview will give you the chance to highlight certain points. Be inclusive and relevant. Too often people create 'death by detail ' in their CV. Don't be one of them.