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As a soon to be NQT i'm currently looking at jobs and applications forms. As this would be my first teaching job i'm looking for some advice to help me with the application process, and if anyone has any personal statement they'd be willing to let me have a look at i would be very grateful.
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As a soon to be NQT i'm currently looking at jobs and applications forms. As this would be my first teaching job i'm looking for some advice to help me with the application process, and if anyone has any personal statement they'd be willing to let me have a look at i would be very grateful.
Last year during my PGCE, uni gave us a lot of advice about what to write- have you not had this kind of input?

If not, I'd be happy to PM you a supporting statement, and talk you through the advice we were given.
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Last year during my PGCE, uni gave us a lot of advice about what to write- have you not had this kind of input?

If not, I'd be happy to PM you a supporting statement, and talk you through the advice we were given.
hi there,

thanks for your reply. the uni have a session on it but not until after easter, so any help you can give now would be great.
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As a soon to be NQT i'm currently looking at jobs and applications forms. As this would be my first teaching job i'm looking for some advice to help me with the application process, and if anyone has any personal statement they'd be willing to let me have a look at i would be very grateful
Hi
Have a read of this article about securing your first teaching post: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/job...-teaching-post

I can offer some specific advice in regard to the personal statement section of the process.

1st paragraph: Always cater the first paragraph for the school you're applying at. For example, look at the website. If they are running a values-led education then you could open your statement with something like "I am applying for a position at your school because I share your passion for values-led education. I would be excited to work at your school because.."
2nd, 3rd and 4th: I would include three juicy examples of where you have taught a lesson well and children's learning has progressed. For primary I would, probably, have one English, one maths and one foundation subject. Secondary, pick three really engaging lessons that went well. This is going to make up the majority of the statement. When discussing your examples use the STARR approach for each example.
Situation- Where are you? What class? Year group? Subject? Context?
Task- What was the aim of the lesson?
Action- What did you actually do in that lesson that's so good?
Result- How did you measure the success of the children and yourself?
Reflect- What did you learn that you're taking forward in your practice?
5th: Something more personal to you but must still relate to the school - for example, look at the school improvement plan. Normally, schools have a target for writing or reasoning. Link your PGCE modules or dissertation. You are passionate about improving writing for all children because... etc.
Finish with a few little sentences.

Applications are normally shortlisted at about half 11 at night after a long day. I'd be lucky to even glance at applications in a school day so there are a few don'ts to follow that will stop you from hitting the 'no' section.
Don'ts :
  • Make spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Use phrases like 'Good teachers should..' .. you don't know it all, no one does!
  • Talk about things that are already on your application form e.g. safeguarding training - I can see that on the form I don't want to hear it again on your statement.
  • Talk about random things like: 'I grew up in a blah blah and went to university'
  • Your university course - I can google that - UNLESS there are specific modules you'd like to mention e.g. SEN or specialisms.
  • Use loads of professional jargon - school governors will be reading these too, they may not know what you mean!
  • Biggest for me (this is a personal one) - don't be boring, if it is sending you to sleep then it's a no from me.
  • Be generic
  • Be too descriptive

If you're applying to primary you can send it to me and, if I have time, I will get back to you on it.

Good luck!
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hi there,

thanks for your reply. the uni have a session on it but not until after easter, so any help you can give now would be great.
Hi

I've PM'd you.

After Easter seems very late to run that session.
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Have a read of this article about securing your first teaching post: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/job...-teaching-post

I can offer some specific advice in regard to the personal statement section of the process.

1st paragraph: Always cater the first paragraph for the school you're applying at. For example, look at the website. If they are running a values-led education then you could open your statement with something like "I am applying for a position at your school because I share your passion for values-led education. I would be excited to work at your school because.."
2nd, 3rd and 4th: I would include three juicy examples of where you have taught a lesson well and children's learning has progressed. For primary I would, probably, have one English, one maths and one foundation subject. Secondary, pick three really engaging lessons that went well. This is going to make up the majority of the statement. When discussing your examples use the STARR approach for each example.
Situation- Where are you? What class? Year group? Subject? Context?
Task- What was the aim of the lesson?
Action- What did you actually do in that lesson that's so good?
Result- How did you measure the success of the children and yourself?
Reflect- What did you learn that you're taking forward in your practice?
5th: Something more personal to you but must still relate to the school - for example, look at the school improvement plan. Normally, schools have a target for writing or reasoning. Link your PGCE modules or dissertation. You are passionate about improving writing for all children because... etc.
Finish with a few little sentences.

Applications are normally shortlisted at about half 11 at night after a long day. I'd be lucky to even glance at applications in a school day so there are a few don'ts to follow that will stop you from hitting the 'no' section.
Don'ts :
  • Make spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Use phrases like 'Good teachers should..' .. you don't know it all, no one does!
  • Talk about things that are already on your application form e.g. safeguarding training - I can see that on the form I don't want to hear it again on your statement.
  • Talk about random things like: 'I grew up in a blah blah and went to university'
  • Your university course - I can google that - UNLESS there are specific modules you'd like to mention e.g. SEN or specialisms.
  • Use loads of professional jargon - school governors will be reading these too, they may not know what you mean!
  • Biggest for me (this is a personal one) - don't be boring, if it is sending you to sleep then it's a no from me.
  • Be generic
  • Be too descriptive

If you're applying to primary you can send it to me and, if I have time, I will get back to you on it.

Good luck!
PRSOM
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hi there,

thanks for your reply. the uni have a session on it but not until after easter, so any help you can give now would be great.
You're uni needs to sort their act out. All the good jobs have gone by then!
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Seriously :eek:?! I’ve had my training on applying but don’t feel like I’ll be ready (in regards to doing an interview lesson) until Easter at least.

Thanks for the tips on applications everyone .
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You're uni needs to sort their act out. All the good jobs have gone by then!
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Seriously :eek:?! I’ve had my training on applying but don’t feel like I’ll be ready (in regards to doing an interview lesson) until Easter at least.

Thanks for the tips on applications everyone .
Don't panic. Vacancies for September are released anytime from now until June time. Teachers have until May half term to hand in their resignation. I would definitely be exploring vacancies now to get a good look at what is becoming available. However, you do not need to apply until you are ready and this could be after Easter, many do!
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Seriously :eek:?! I’ve had my training on applying but don’t feel like I’ll be ready (in regards to doing an interview lesson) until Easter at least.

Thanks for the tips on applications everyone .
Keep your interview lesson really simple. What are you going to teach? Teach it. How will you know if they learned it?

Seriously, apply now. After Easter and especially after summer half term there is an element of desperation to hire which is not a good place for you as an NQT. Get in early and then you can relax.

Good luck!
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Hi

I've PM'd you.

After Easter seems very late to run that session.
We haven’t had anything on our SCITT course! Except a session on where to look for jobs 🤷🏻*♀️
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We haven’t had anything on our SCITT course! Except a session on where to look for jobs 🤷🏻*♀️
That's not super helpful- a lot of jobs will be advertised between now and Easter, so people need to have the tools to apply from before Christmas (IMO).
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hi there,

thanks for your reply. the uni have a session on it but not until after easter, so any help you can give now would be great.
I got my first job in February of my PGCE - after Easter is far too late.

I'd also add if they are running any extra-curriculars you could contribute too then do add that. I got an interview at one school because I'd put qualified cricket scorer as an interest ... [before the internet and I did not know the school were big on cricket]
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Keep your interview lesson really simple. What are you going to teach? Teach it. How will you know if they learned it?

Seriously, apply now. After Easter and especially after summer half term there is an element of desperation to hire which is not a good place for you as an NQT. Get in early and then you can relax.

Good luck!
Thanks for the advice . I will wait a while longer as really don’t feel ready. I also start my next placement in a different age range next month so feel that will help me feel more confident and get a better feel for the key stage that suits me.
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That's not super helpful- a lot of jobs will be advertised between now and Easter, so people need to have the tools to apply from before Christmas (IMO).
No it’s not really. And we won’t be back in centre for training until the end of March.
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There’s not many jobs coming up round here yet. A friend who is a teacher has said that most of the ones in this area coming up now will be to start at after Easter. I keep looking though.
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There’s not many jobs coming up round here yet. A friend who is a teacher has said that most of the ones in this area coming up now will be to start at after Easter. I keep looking though.
It's still early days yet, but last year September jobs did start coming out between half term and easter. I've already seen a few September jobs in my area- so just bear in mind it's worth keeping an eye out from now!
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As a soon to be NQT i'm currently looking at jobs and applications forms. As this would be my first teaching job i'm looking for some advice to help me with the application process, and if anyone has any personal statement they'd be willing to let me have a look at i would be very grateful.
It's great that you are beginning to look for your NQT job, as the main recruitment season is fast approaching. Make sure you are registered with all the teaching jobs pages for alerts - https://teaching-vacancies.service.gov.uk/, https://www.eteach.com/, https://www.tes.com/jobs/, and your local council.

You need to craft your personal statement/covering letter to the application that you are making. Ensure you've got three/four examples to hand of your students making progress over two keystages, and extra-curricular or school community activities that you've participated in, the differentiated support you've offered to students and how you've expanded your subject knowledge. These are the kinds of things that are in the person specification of many teaching jobs. Go through the person spec and address each point in it with examples of what you've done during your teacher training period.

Wishing you all the very best in your applications!

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