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Application form questions (Australia)

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by littlemissraw, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I'm trying to fill in an application form for a post in Aus and rather than the usual person spec/cover letter they've asked a number of questions. Not sure if I'm flapping over nothing but I'm just staring at them and groaning inside.
    Professional Vision and Philosophy
    Please provide a brief outline of your views on the most important challenges facing
    education of young people in the context of a school like NAME.

    Now if this was the UK I think I'd know what to say (look at Ofsted for key points) and also discuss employability making learning relevant to real world important in current economy etc but this is a whole different continent and country! What if I get it totally wrong?!
    Personal Professional Vision
    Please provide a brief outline of your vision in respect of your own career development
    .
    I don't think they'd be happy if I just wrote ' just getting a job would be a start ATM!' lol. I've not really set my sights anywhere higher I just want to become a great teacher.
    I know I can probably do this on my own but just having a crisis of confidence, can see the rejection letter already... [​IMG] (if they take the time to send them!) x
     
  2. jade_dragon

    jade_dragon New commenter

    Hello,

    Take a read through the National Professional Standards for Teachers. I tried to copy the link, but it doesn't appear here so you will have to download it via the Teachers link on the www.aitsl.edu.au website. The Standards sets out the key elements which teachers are expected to achieve at different stages of their career (ie, Graduate, Highly Proficient, Proficient and Lead). It is a pretty straightforward document to read, and with some professional self-reflection, it should help formulate career goals for you to discuss in your application (and hopefully possible interview). A direct reference to these Standards in your application couldn't hurt in any case. Some subject associations, such as the Maths Teachers Association, also have their own standards if you need more subject specific guidance. You might also be interested in attaining Senior Teacher status at same point down your career as it recognises teachers who have advanced skills but prefer to remain teaching in the classroom rather than moving up to the management ladder, as you seem to prefer.

    As for the first question, it is hard to help without knowing more about the context of the school: primary/secondary, co-ed/single sex, urban/rural, state/independent, religion, state or territory of Aust, etc. A look through the school's annual reports or newsletter should give you more of an idea about the current issues which they are experiencing though. Perhaps more general info could also be gleaned by looking up the state's Education Dept, independent schools association, teacher registration board or religious educational organisation, as relevant to your school.

    Good luck with it all.
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Thanks so much! I've found the annual report so I'll be looking through that for key points.
    Its a regional independant religious secondary [​IMG] Excited to get underway with the application now, but not counting my chickens. Are there 50+ to hundreds of applications per school like in the UK?
    Will let you know the outcome. Theo - should I still do an ES even if there is no person job spec? Just noting key points?
    Thanks again Jade Dragon x
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As this is Theo's own idea and it has worked for so many people, I'd say yes.
    A few years ago I did a similar 'bullet point summary of points' for an application for an Independant School and did think how easy it would make it for the panel looking through the appliactions to identify the key which they were looking.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It will certianly make your application stand out, will enable them to see at a glance that you meet what are their requirements (based on jade Dragon's idea above), and will show you to be an organised and analytical person.
    So that's a "Yes" then!
    What a great reply from Jade Dragon - extremely pertinent and helpful. A star response!
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  6. jade_dragon

    jade_dragon New commenter

    Thanks for the thanks! I do not post often but do so if I feel that I can help, so your encouragement was appreciated.

    Littlemissraw, yes, unfortunately there is a lot of competition for jobs in Australia right now (particularly as pre-service teachers are now graduating and come cheaper to employ). However, as you are applying to a regional school there should be less competition compared to the capital cities. Depending on your secondary specialism, your subject might even be in demand (eg, Maths, Chem, Physics).

    It also just occurred to me that to show that you are familiar with the contemporary issues affecting young Australians, it might also be worthwhile perusing the Australian Bureau of Statistics website as it provides general info about social, health and educational trends which you can discuss in relation to challenges facing the education of young people (eg, sad to say, but the leading cause of the disease burden affecting young Australians (aged 13-24 yo) are mental health related, with suicide being the leading cause of death). There's a lot of info so I think you'll need to be selective in what you look up depending on what you know about the school, but the use of supporting evidence should hopefully add weight to your application.

    Fingers crossed, hope you get an interview.
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    And another good post, Jade Dragon. Feel free to feel much appreciated!
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  8. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Just one more question on this (sorry!)
    Each question has about enough space for a paragraph. However they say 'Attach extra sheet<u>s</u> if needed'. How much should I be writing? About a page for both of them combined or more?
    I'm
    feeling very out my depth on this application, its like being an NQT all over again but
    with less guidance (apart from Jade Dragons wonderful help of course!!) x
     

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