Dear James I'm a maths PGCE, and all is going well, lots of goods and excellents on my observations. The trouble is my degree is a 3rd in Mechanical Engineering (although still an honours degree and from a decent university). Without blowing my own trumpet too much, i'm cleverer than a 3rd would suggest, i just had my priorities a bit wrong, and didn't put the hours in. Anyway, when i apply for jobs, should i talk about this in my personal statement? I can explain how it was 7 years ago, i've matured and developed my work rate and focus since then, and i can explain how i understand the mindset of pupils who are clever but unfocused. Or is this all just highlighting a weakness? Am i better off avoiding this area altogether and focusing my statement on my more recent good work?