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Dear Theo, What happened to the Educational Philosophy?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by anon261, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. When I was applying for posts 5 years ago we used to write down our personal philosophy of education. I noticed that this isn't listed in the paragraphs in the internal structure of the personal statement (typical ones could be...).
    Do I still need to include this?
    Things move fast in education - even when applying for jobs! I don't want to waste words on this if it is no longer required as part of the application process.
    They don't mention anything about it in the job spec.

    Many thanks
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    If you have been out of the job-hunting market for 5 years, yes, things have changed.
    Many places still ask for a philosophy, however, and it is fine to include it.
    If this refers to the shortlisting clickable, that is an example for a SLT post as is the exec summary. I don't give a teacher example, nor a NQT one, as people will just copy it outright, bound to, couldn't resist. But as SLT posts are all pretty different, giing an example won't result in schools getting a dozen plagiarised applications.
    If you really have been out of touch with the applications scene, perhaps you need to start looking up National Bus timetables for this Saturday, then seeing if there is still a place on the seminar I'm doing this Saturday.
    Best wishes
    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 Job Application seminar where you can meet me in on Saturday 2 April.
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!

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