I'm applying for a position at an independent school, and they have asked for a completed application form as well as a covering letter. The form includes a section called 'Statement' where they ask applicants to say why they are applying for the post and what attributes they can contribute. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can avoid overlap with my covering letter, which is where I usually introduce myself and the reason i am applying for the post? I was thinking that in the letter I would stick to general teaching philosophy/approach to my subject plus personal qualities that relate to the ethos of the school, and then put more specific examples of professional skills in the statement, e.g. organisation, IT, teamwork etc. Would be grateful for any comments from those who deal with recruitment on a regular basis - is it a mistake to put important stuff in the letter if these might be set aside before the sifting of application forms starts? Or if I duplicate information in the letter and the form will it annoy the shortlisting team? Help!