Do you remember your teachers harping on the evils of plagiarism? Was your response to do what I did and take lines from a book, switch out words, change their order and call them your own?
No more than two sides of A4 it should show how and why you teach and who you are as a person. It should not be a list. If you are applying for a job in a different area to where you live explain why. It sounds obvious but make sure you get their name right.
If you have worked in a different sector think about the transferable skills you have. If you get the job they WILL check. If interviewed you will be questioned using your personal statement.
Be enthusiastic about your subject, why do you teach it, what do you enjoy. Include hobbies on your personal statement, it makes you a more rounded person. If you only have your training experience include all the schools you have trained in, say what you have learnt, how they are different, what you enjoyed.
You could be up against teachers with years of experience. Use any particularly good comments from observations in your personal statement.
This is really useful if you are a NQT. Chris Hildrew, deputy head teacher, Chew Valley SchoolBristol Successful applicants explain why they are applying for this particular job at this particular school: When sifting through a pile of applications I can usually halve the pile by getting rid of those making basic mistakes.
Straight to the top of the pile go those whose letters explain why they are applying for this particular job at this particular school. Above all, though, I like to know exactly why the applicant is a teacher in the first place. A good application will get you the interview; a good interview will get you the job.
Doug Belshaw, former teacher and senior leader and author of getthatjob Be selective, rather than scattergun: One of the best things you can do when applying for jobs is to be selective. Finally, be an enlarged version of yourself both on paper and at interview.
Peter Lee, assistant vice principal, Q3 AcademyBirmingham Make your application personal to the school and write about why you love teaching: As part of my role I read through numerous written application as part of the job application process.
Here are some of my top tips. I recently had to appoint a new teacher, the main criteria the school was looking for was what else could that teacher offer, and many applications did not make the shortlist as they did not explicitly say what I was looking for.
Applicants need to include the other subjects they are able to teach; NQTs should look at doing a secondary subject to improve their initial letter. An awareness of current educational practice is good but do not write in great depth and waste time and space about it. Have a vision for after school or lunchtime clubs; something they have done or if an NQT something they would like to do, it could be linked to curriculum or an additional free choice, but they should look at school needs and try to offer something interesting and different.
Any previous work although unconnected to education can be phrased in such a way that it gives a sense of transferable skills. Most importantly, the letters should be spell checked and proofread. With a literacy agenda in school I disregarded three letters that were full of basic spelling mistakes and seemed rushed and were poorly written.
Sally Law, principal teacher of English, Marr CollegeTroon Show off your vocabulary and try to make applications interesting to read: I appointed two new English teachers this season and had a few gripes with applications. So I would say be a bit more flexible with vocabulary although not to the point of overdoing it with the thesaurus.
Headteachers get many applications from many individuals. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make the headteacher want to meet them by making their application stand out. Sometimes that might be in creative ways, like changing the colour of the fonts for different parts of the CV.
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