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Dear James.... NQT post personal statement writing.

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by tarania, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. James,
    I'm applying for an NQT post. I have written a personal statement, being careful to mention examples of everything on the person spec - however, I have nearly 2 and a half pages - is this way too long? I don't to bore them to death when I know they have limited time!

    Thanks much,

    Tarani
     
  2. James,
    I'm applying for an NQT post. I have written a personal statement, being careful to mention examples of everything on the person spec - however, I have nearly 2 and a half pages - is this way too long? I don't to bore them to death when I know they have limited time!

    Thanks much,

    Tarani
     
  3. katnoodle

    katnoodle New commenter

    It is tricky isn't it? Most forms I've seen ask for no more than 2 sides of A4, but the person specs are so long that answering each point with a bit of substantiation result in a lot of words! I'll try and be as concise as possible and keep formatting clear, but how much is too much? Also, are developed bullet points OK?
     
  4. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    What do they ask for? Most adverts indicate how long they want your statement to be. Usually no longer than 1 side of A4.
    As for the bullet points: this can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, using bullet points can be a good way of making it easy to see where your skills lie. On the other hand, the headteacher is probably looking for someone who can write well and demonstrate excellent literacy/grammar etc. If you use bullet points, you do not usually begin/link paragraphs in the same way.
    Just a thought.
     
  5. katnoodle

    katnoodle New commenter

    Thanks Eva, that's what I was worried about! I think I'll use them with caution.
     
  6. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    From someone who reads all the applications received then my advice is to aim for a maximum of 2 sides A4. Don't waste time telling me about the structure of the course you are on, this is also given in the college reference -what is more important is what you have learned from it and what you apply in your teaching.
    Try and avoid the narrative approach which starts from always wanting to be a teacher at primary and covers every stage since then. Most of the basic information about your experiences and qualifications are already covered in the application form.
    Above all do not be templted to plagiarise or copy others. It is very easy to copy a turn of phrase or bad grammar and where 2 appear the same both applications are rejected.
    In essence we want to read an honest application that communicates your strengths and potential.
     
  7. I have the opposite problem - the job I'm applying for has a job description but no person spec! Reckon I can figure out what they want though and hit those points.
     
  8. As stated a maximum of two sides is what we recommend unless there are guidelines that state otherwise.
    If there is no person specification, ring the school and ask - it may have been an admin error that someone forgot to include it. Otherwise contact your tutor - ofen we get sent job specs when asked for references.
    James
     

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