How to write a stand-out personal statement for your next teaching job

Whether you’re a newly qualified teacher or one with experience, when you’re applying for a teaching job, you’ll need to make your personal statement the heart of your application. It’s your opportunity to demonstrate your skills, your experience and show how well-suited you are to the role you are applying for. It’s your ticket to an interview or selection day.

We’ve put together some top tips for completing a stand-out personal statement for your next primary school teaching job. We’ve put together X tips for making your personal statement stand out from the crowd:

1 – Do not exceed two sides of A4, unless instructed otherwise.

2 – Re-write your statement for each role you apply for.

3 – Follow the structure of the person specification and consider the government’s Teachers Standards.

4 – Have a strong opening statement. It’s the first thing selectors will read. Avoid cliché statements such as ‘I love children’ or ‘I have always wanted to teach.’ Lots of applicants will say that. Think about why you have always wanted to teach and demonstrate that in your opening sentence.

5 – Be clear about why you are applying for that particular job at that particular school (you’ll be surprised at how many applicants don’t!).

6 – Write clearly and succinctly. Don’t use complicated language or overly long sentences.

7 – Be specific with your experience and strengths for the role you are applying for. Detail what have gained from your experiences in schools and working with children. Give evidence of your ability to teach.

8 – Let your enthusiasm for teaching and working with children jump out in everything you say.

9 – Consider the following questions:

  • What has inspired you to be a teacher?
  • Who or what has influenced you on your journey to become a teacher?
  • What appeals to you about working with primary age children?
  • What have you gained from working with children?
  • Have you worked with children outside of education?
  • What other skills can you offer e.g ICT, music, sports, hobbies?

10 – If you are applying for a job in a different area, explain why.

11 – If you’ve worked in a different sector write about transferrable skills, but don’t give irrelevant ones (i.e. you spent the summer working behind the bar at the student union).

12 – Be honest! Don’t be tempted to change qualifications to show yourself in a better light. If you get the job, they will check.

13 – If you only have training experience, include all of the schools you trained at.

14 – Show not just how you fit the person specification by what you have already done, but also by what you’d like to do next. It shows you have vision.

15 – Finish your statement with a summary of what you have to offer and why you are perfectly suited for the role. Leave your selectors with a clear understanding of your suitability for the job.

16 – Check formatting, grammar and spelling thoroughly. Ask someone to proof read it for you.

Good luck!

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