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Dear Theo! Supporting statement advice

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Max Decimus, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I have a couple of questions regarding writing my supporting statement for a couple of jobs, hopefully you can help me.

    Firstly, after this year I will have been teaching for 2 years, my current job being the first I have held. I have a copy of the original personal statements I wrote as an NQT for reference, but I was wondering how different one as a qualified teacher with experience should be. Almost all the advice I can find is for NQT's writing a supporting statement. I don't want to go off and write a new one without taking this into consideration.

    Secondly, I am English but in the summer I am marrying a girl from another part of the UK and will be moving to her home after the summer, an area that I am not that familiar with. Do you think that I should mention the fact that I am looking to move for this reason on my statement?

    Thanks
     
  2. Dear Theo,

    I have a couple of questions regarding writing my supporting statement for a couple of jobs, hopefully you can help me.

    Firstly, after this year I will have been teaching for 2 years, my current job being the first I have held. I have a copy of the original personal statements I wrote as an NQT for reference, but I was wondering how different one as a qualified teacher with experience should be. Almost all the advice I can find is for NQT's writing a supporting statement. I don't want to go off and write a new one without taking this into consideration.

    Secondly, I am English but in the summer I am marrying a girl from another part of the UK and will be moving to her home after the summer, an area that I am not that familiar with. Do you think that I should mention the fact that I am looking to move for this reason on my statement?

    Thanks
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Q1 I think that what you need to do is read the shortlisting clickables in the Welcome thread.
    Nowadays it isn't enough to have My Supporting Statement - a general thing that you send off for every job. Your letter of application or statement (see the FAQs in the Welcome thread to see the difference) needs to be tailored for each school. Basically the letter needs to be less about you and what you've done and more about them and what you will do. You should find the Welcome thread useful - others have!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview The benefit of an executive summary
    taking Theo's Advice

    Q2 Yes, do say why you are looking to move.
    I don't know what stage or what subject you are in, but please do be aware that the Job Market is not easy.
    The state of the teaching jobs market - questions answered by John Howson
    Here is the general situation in England & Wales; I understand that Scotland and N Ireland are very difficult too, but have no data.
    Fewer jobs. 15% fewer jobs have been advertised September-December this academic year compared with last. Some
    schools are going through redundancy for staff, mainly in secondary
    where there are falling pupil rolls. Primary has increasing pupil
    numbers in Foundation, but a vast over-supply of teachers. The latest government
    spending plans (a standstill in funding which will turn out to be a
    fall, and an announced cut in Sixth Form funding) may mean more
    redundancies to come. March is the crunch point when schools will know what their budgets are.
    More teachers
    looking for these jobs. Normally by the end of the year, about 15% of
    that summer’s NQT cohort are still not in inductible jobs. For the summer 2010 NQTs, this figure is over 50%. Of the summer 2009 NQTs, over a third
    are still looking for posts to do their induction year. And now this term there is a new cohort, the 2011 NQTs, out there jobseeking
    too. The situation has never been this bad before for student teachers.
    Cases of advertisements attracting 200+ applicants are now giving way to tales of 300+.
    Fewer jobs, more applicants. So it is important that you do everything that you can to increase your chance of your application being the one to catch the eye of the school as a good candidate for their post.
    Best of luck.

    ____________________________________________________________

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.

    The TES Careers Advice
    service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and
    applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application
    review service.

    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones,
    and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at
    application letters, executive summaries and interviews.

    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.

    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.

    Look forward to seeing you!




















     
  4. Theo,
    I understand that the personal statement for the first teaching post should be tailored to the individual school, but I am applying to a few of the London boroughs' NQT pools. Have you got any advice as to what should go in the supporting statement please?
    They seem to be asking for a generic supporting statement, but would it help my case if I state why I wish to work in that particular borough?
    Thanks for your help,
    Lisa
     

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