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Teaching Assistant (TA) Cover Letter Example & Guide

Teaching Assistant (TA) Cover Letter Example & Guide

Go straight to the head of the class with our guide to writing a teaching assistant cover letter that’s worthy of an Ofsted outstanding rating.

As a teaching assistant, you’re used to providing one on one support to students. With your help they can reach their full potential but now it’s time for you to get something back. You’re about to get expert one on one support to reach your full potential in your search for the best TA jobs.

And the lesson we’ll explore together is how to write a job-winning teaching assistant cover letter. We’ve even got a sample cover letter for teaching assistant jobs that you can adapt and use to write your own.

Let’s get the lesson started.

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Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Example

Rina Tozzi

65 New Farm Close


N11 3RT

6th July 2020

Timothy Perkins

Head Teacher

The Beeches School

20 Fortnum Road


N17 6DW

Dear Mr Perkins,

As a passionate advocate for supporting the needs of children with learning disabilities I was delighted to see an opening for the role of SEN teaching assistant at The Beeches. It would be an incredible opportunity to be able to use my calm, outcome focussed approach to help maximise your students’ learning outcomes.

By offering support individualised to the needs of each student I have helped provide support to five students with learning difficulties this year alone in my current role. All of them have had improvements in behaviour and engagement and improved their test results by a minimum of 10% each. I pride myself on working with parents and teaching colleagues to achieve the best learning results for each student I work with.

I am aware of The Beeches’ reputation for excellence with a series of ‘Outstanding’ assessments from Ofsted and a special mention of the stellar support given to SEN students. I would be proud to further develop my skills in such an environment and learn from the best practice you have developed.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I’d be happy to speak to you at your convenience so we can discuss how my calm, level-headed approach is particularly effective in assisting students with behavioural issues.

Yours sincerely,

Rina Tozzi

You’ve just seen a great cover letter sample for teaching assistant jobs, and next you’ll get a step-by-step guide to write your own. But remember—

Every good teaching assistant cover letter needs a teaching assistant CV to pair with, and we’ve got a writing guide for it here: Teaching Assistant CV Example & Writing Guide

And we’ve got a great selection of cover letter guides for other jobs too.

Cover Letter Template for a Teaching Assistant

Now here’s how to write a cover letter for teaching assistant positions.

1. Begin With a Neatly Arranged Cover Letter Format

The secret of an efficient classroom is planning and preparation. A well-organised lesson plan is a must. It’s the same when writing a cover letter, careful planning and preparation gives you the best end result. Here’s how to ensure your cover letter is as well planned as your lessons.

Read more: How to Create The Perfect Cover Letter Format 

2. Write Your Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Header

This is the very first part of your cover letter and it needs to follow standard UK business letter rules. A little attention to detail will ensure you’ve got it right. Here’s what to do.

  • Get the cover letter address right. Put your personal details first, making sure the text is right-aligned. Then leave a space and write the date, using the proper format e.g. 7th July 2020. 
  • Then you need to change to left alignment and write the hiring manager’s personal details, and do try to find out their name and use it.

And finding out the hiring manager’s name is genuinely important. Using ‘To Whom it May Concern’ is impersonal and outdated. If you use the hiring manager’s name though you’ll instantly activate their brain and make them pay more attention to your letter. Just phone the school and find out who’s responsible for reviewing TA applications.

Read more: How to Address a Cover Letter 

3. Start the Lesson With a Personal Greeting and an Impressive First Paragraph

Think of hiring managers as an unruly group of pupils, you’ve got to work hard to grab their attention right at the outset of the lesson. Or in this case, the first paragraph of your teaching assistant cover letter. Here’s how to do it.

  • Use the standard formal letter greeting. ‘Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name]’ or ‘Dear Hiring Manager’ if you don’t know their name. 
  • Name the role you’re applying for in your first sentence, this makes your intentions clear and shows you’ve gone to the effort to target your cover letter to the job.
  • And then, include a hook to impress the hiring manager. Mention an impressive professional accomplishment that shows your abilities as a TA and you’ll be sure of having their attention.

Read more: How to Write Your Cover Letter Opening 

4. Show That You’re the Perfect Candidate in Your Teaching Assistant Cover Letter

Next, reinforce what you’ve already taught the hiring manager. Use the second paragraph to add even more proof of your expertise as a teaching assistant. 

  • Before you write this paragraph, plan it as thoroughly as a good lesson. Do your research by reading the job advert and noting all of the experience and skills it mentions.
  • Then pitch your own experience and accomplishments to match with what the job requires. Make it even more convincing by using numbered achievements and accomplishment statements to structure your sentences.

Read more: 14+ Job-Winning Cover Letter Tips

5. Show How Much You Want the Job

The third paragraph is where you need to show why you want this teaching assistant job at this school. It’s especially important to show passion for the career when you’re writing a teaching assistant cover letter with no experience. It shows you’ll be an enthusiastic and committed learner in your new career. Here’s how to do it.

  • Show your enthusiasm and energy by researching the employer and finding out something positive about them that has inspired you to want to be part of the team.
  • And mention how you can help to solve their challenges and contribute to their future growth.

Read more: How Long Should a Cover Letter Be? 

6. End With a Call to Action and Say Thank You

It’s almost time for the bell to ring, but we need to keep up the pace with our last paragraph. Time to make sure our student doesn’t forget a single thing they’ve been taught. Here’s how to end the lesson properly.

  • Increase your chances of an interview with a call to action. All you need to do is ask the hiring manager to get in touch with you so you can discuss the TA role further.
  • Say thank you too. Apart from being good manners, gratitude has been proven to be the ‘social glue’ that strengthens relationships. The end result is that the hiring manager will view your application more favourably if you simply say thank you.
  • You can add another professional achievement here to help seal the deal, or for a teaching assistant cover letter with no experience you could mention your career goals.
  • And you really don’t have to say ‘please find attached my CV’.

Read more: How to Finish a Cover Letter

7. Sign Off in Style

And last of all, your teaching assistant cover letter sign-off. Again, follow standard UK business letter formatting and you’ll be set.

  • Put your full name in your sign-off and add a digital copy of your handwritten signature.
  • Sign off with ‘Yours sincerely’ if you used the hiring manager’s name and ‘Yours faithfully’ if your letter was addressed anonymously.
  • And include your contact details in your signature if your cover letter is being sent as the body of an email.

If you’d like a more comprehensive guide to writing your cover letter, then read more here: How to Write Your Cover Letter: Complete Guide

And now that you’ve just written the perfect cover letter, make sure you write the perfect CV to accompany it.

When making a CV in our builder, drag & drop bullet points, skills, and auto-fill the boring stuff. Spell check? Check. Start building your CV here.

When you’re done, Zety’s CV builder will score your CV and tell you exactly how to make it better.

Class dismissed! Thanks for reading. If you’d like advice for specialist areas such as writing a cover letter for special needs teaching assistant jobs then please ask in the comments section. Anything at all, please ask and I’ll be happy to help.

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Jacques Buffett, CPRW
Jacques, a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), is a career expert who has published almost 200 articles on Zety. His insights and advice have been published by LinkedIn, Forbes, MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, AOL, U.S. News, and other top news outlets. He also has extensive professional experience in people management and recruitment.

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