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Supporting Statement/application form question

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by amyr91, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. amyr91

    amyr91 New commenter


    Apologies if this is quite a basic question or has been covered before - I've had a search through recent posts and can't find anything that answers it.

    I'm currently doing supply but applying for a few jobs that have come out since the start of the school year. However, these jobs are in LAs whose forms I'm not used to. Ones I have filled in before the summer have all the usual information to fill in, education, job history, etc. then allow you to attach a supporting statement.

    These current ones have a 'skills and experience' box. What is the general etiquette for filling this in? Would you insert your personal statement (adapted to suit the role/person spec of course) into this space, going onto a continuation sheet if necessary? Or would you simply write something along the lines of 'please see attached supporting statement with further details of my skills and experience that make me suitable for the role'? Or do schools expect you to fill in this section of the form and provide a supporting statement - in which case, what would you include in the statement when your skills and experience have already been covered elsewhere in the form?

    On another note - does anyone have any advice on what to do when a school asks for your most recent employer as a reference, but that employer is a supply agency with whom you've only done a few days work since term started, and has not seen you teach and therefore can't really provide a suitable reference?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Adapt your application to meet the requirements. You need to answer the question what skills and experience make you suitable for the role.If you respond by just directing people to read a supporting statement the impression is you are not a serious applicant. You can be concise about your skills and experience if you are providing further information elsewhere in the application.

    Supply agencies don't usually give teaching ref but you have to include them as this is part of safer recruitment checks- give also your last school where you were employed.
    TheoGriff who used to host this forum has some really good advice and resources
  3. amyr91

    amyr91 New commenter

    Thanks very much for your reply and the link. I think I was mainly just worried about overload of information if I included both. Helps to know it's OK to have both!
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    No harm in re-emphasising your skills and suitability- good luck

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