First of all, thanks for coming to our page about how to write a personal statement as a teacher. This is a topic which has been covered by loads of websites so we appreciate that you’re reading it here, on the Classroom Partnership website. This is designed for NQTs who are applying for their first jobs at schools, not for the PGCE.
We understand that you have a lot to do in terms of looking for jobs, writing personal statements, researching schools and prepping for interviews. That’s why we’re going to make this a concise blog with plenty of top tips.
Why the personal statement is important
The personal statement is probably going to be the first impression that you will make. This is the opportunity to promote yourself to a school and hiring manager or head teacher. So it’s important that your writing is coherent, focused and clearly explains your reasoning behind why you want to be a teacher.
A good personal statement will set you apart from other candidates in a competitive landscape. Furthermore, it could help you realise more interviews than others too, giving you a wider chance of schools when you come to the job offer stage.
Top tips for your personal statement as a teacher
1. How long should it be?
The first thing you need to know about personal statements is that you don’t need to drag it on forever. This isn’t a university essay, it’s a summary of you. Two pages of A4 is quite enough to get your message across.
What should it include?
You know you best, that’s the good thing about writing a personal statement but make sure you start it with a bang about why you want to teach. This is the more relevant than what you do in your spare time. Perhaps you could structure it like this:
– Why you want to teach
– Your understanding of what it is to be a teacher (if you have some experience you could refer to it here)
– The steps that have taken to lead you to the decision to be a teacher – for example, your education to date and any voluntary experience you may have gained and what you covered in your PGCE
– What you think your key traits are that would make you a great teacher and use a couple of examples of where you may have used these in your experience
– What would you bring to the school you’re applying to?
– A little about you, what sports you play or what you do in your spare time – extra-curricular activities are valued as a teacher so you can link it back to how it will help you as a teacher
That’s the basics of what you should include in your personal statement – not that difficult after all really. If you’re worried about finding your first teaching job, don’t be – 9 out of 10 NQTs find a job in their first year after the PGCE whether that’s through supply or permanently.