Nice clear questions - thank you! Q1 Perfect! That's all they will expect. Make sure you make it obvious that they are placements and not employment, but that's exactly what to do at this stage in your career. Q2 Now, not quite sure what you are getting at here. I suspect, by the way, that you haven't opened the Welcome thread and read the clickables inside. There are two on shortlisting and a FAQs that you need to read before doing your application. A personal statement IS a statement in support of application . . . which is why I wasn't sure what you meant. Read the very first FAQ, I think that this will make it clearer for you. Q3 You have to make your statement show why they should appoint you. What's special about you? What can you offer the school? You can google "personal statement teaching" and get some sort of idea, but you must NOT NOT NOT copy even one sentence from those examples, nor any examples that some kind person gives you, as schools are on the look-out for plagiarism. The lack of a personal specification is annoying - is there at least a job spec that you can base an exec summary on? If not, you will have to find on TES site here a similar job that does have one, and use that. Sounds to me as though you are going about this in a thoughtful manner. This bodes well for success! Best of luck! ____________________________________________________________ TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service. The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service. I shall be doing Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contributing to the Job Application Seminars and Weekend Workshops over February half term. We shall be looking at application letters, executive summaries and interviews. The next Weekend Workshop on applications is on Sunday 23rd January. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on all of these. Look forward to seeing you!