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Personal Statement

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by gakare77, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. gakare77

    gakare77 New commenter

    I am struggling to get an interview for an Assistant Headteacher's job. The feedback I get is that my personal statement is not strong enough. Any ideas (or a sample) on how to write a strong statement. My passion is Behaviour and Inclusion. Thanks
  2. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    Read Theo's blogs!

    And, hate to say this, but hopefully no one will pop up offering ideas or samples. Nothing more likely to turn a HT off than to get a statement that's either been written by committee or cut and pasted off the internet.

    Theo's blogs will give you all the information you need. Good luck!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Nobody on here will give you an example, I am glad to say!

    Because you see, if you read someone else's you are bound to be influenced by it and this will show in your own statement. You do know, don't you, that many LAs and schools now use the same sort of anti-plagiarism software used by UCAS for personal statements? Yours could get rejected at the very first stage.

    So the Golden Rule is always write your own

    And to make it stronger, it has to reflect exactly what the individual school is looking for, with specific examples of your own experience, skills and successes. You cannot have "my personal statement" that does for every school.

    So first of all read all my advice articles linked below. Then try drafting an E.S. for a specific post, thinking of the evidence that you will put in the second column. (All explained below!). Then, and only then, when you have done the E.S. will you start to write the statement of letter.

    Applying for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order. I have included some which are not relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    NQTs start here! *** N.B. ***

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    Pre-application visits to schools

    <h4>Why you should always include an E.S. in an application***NEW ***</h4>
    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job *** The basic advice***

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Can your Head write a negative reference for you? Or refuse to write one? Can you see what was written... ***NEW ***

    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S. *** More basic advice ***

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    No CPD to put on the application form!

    5 common errors in applications

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  4. gakare77

    gakare77 New commenter

    Thanks everyone. Glad that you directed me to the right place. Will read what you have recommended
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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