Sample letter for students to request teaching placement in schools

I have been contacted by a number of students who have been finding it especially challenging this year to secure school placements. With all of the changes occurring this year due to Covid 19 - from classroom teaching to remote teaching, GDPR, keeping staff and pupils safe and adapting teaching methods to continue teaching the curriculum while supporting children at home there have been massive changes to the way schools work right now.

When you are sending out your email or letter to schools, it will be important to show them that you have some degree of understanding and empathy for them.

Another important thing to highlight - is that you have lots of useful skills and that you can offer an extra pair of helping hands for them in the return to school or as online teaching continues (hopefully this won't last too much longer!).

Objectives of this letter template

  • To introduce yourself and the purpose of your email or letter

  • To show that you understand that this is a challenging time for schools at present

  • To outline what you have to offer on teaching placement

  • To make the letter easily readable for the principal

  • To show that you are flexible in nature and willing to help out

Tweak this letter for yourself

While you may be tempted to copy and paste this letter - word for word, part of selling yourself authentically is using your own voice and phrasing things as you would say them - so I encourage you to use the main points in this letter and tweak them to suit yourself. Furthermore, tailor each letter to the schools that you are applying to.

You can find a very useful list of schools and their contact details in Ireland here:

Letter Template

Dear……. (Name of the Principal)

I am………. – a first/second/third-year student of ……… College. I am writing to express my interest in doing teaching placement in your school (you can state why if you like).

I appreciate the many challenges that schools are facing at present due to Covid 19 and the many restrictions that are placed on the teaching profession at present. I have been closely following the changes happening in schools.

……. College have also been providing us with updates including…… (1-2 sentences) 

Placement details

In terms of my upcoming placement, the details are as follows

  • (class, how many weeks, observation etc.)

A little about me

As you will see from my attached CV

  • 1 sentence about your experience with children to date if you have any

  • 1 sentence about your top curricular areas and why you are passionate about it.

  • 1 sentence about a talent you have and how you could use it in the classroom.

I would love to provide you with an extra pair of hands on my teaching placement. I am excited to begin and put into play the wonderful ideas and methodologies that …… College have taught us.

If you are willing to facilitate my teaching placement I would be very grateful.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,

Your name

Click here to download my free CV Template and get access to a tutorial that will help you make your CV stand out from the rest.

I hope that helps! If you know any student teacher who is still looking to secure their teaching placement or subsequent placements share this blog with them so that they will know how to outline to schools what they can offer.


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