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Teacher statement help for UCAS

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by sleepyhead, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    We simply "top and tail" them with general comments and fix any glitchy bits in the subject reports. It has to be under 4000 characters or 47 lines - but it seems to count a bit oddly and often thinks they're over when they're not. Here's one of mine to show you:




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    xxx has an excellent work ethic, and a real desire to learn and to achieve; this is
    something that we believe will stand her in good stead at university level.

    In xxx, xxx approaches the subject with great enthusiasm. She is willing and able to work in groups of
    all sizes, sharing ideas and taking the lead as appropriate. She has a genuine enjoyment of reading, and a
    curious mind which wishes to explore a range of texts. She is reflective and thinks deeply about the
    texts that are given for study, making astute comments about them. She is able to write clearly and concisely
    about texts, making clear links with their contexts.

    xxx is a
    fantastic student of xxx who has continued to strive to succeed
    throughout her time at xxx. Her interest in people and how and why they follow
    certain behaviour patterns has stood her in good stead for a deeper level understanding
    of many of the topics we have covered in xxx and she is developing her
    skills in transferring this into exam situations.

    xxx is a very
    able and enthusiastic student of xxx.
    Her work demonstrates a sophisticated appreciation of sociological
    perspectives, concepts and terminology.
    A keen methodological grasp and a strong theoretical understanding
    underline her abilities in this subject.
    Contributions to class discussions are frequent, well made, pertinent
    and insightful. A self-motivated learner
    who needs no supervision, xxxis also a very popular member of the
    group. xxx is taking her A2 studies
    seriously and is currently producing written work of a high quality. xxx
    ability in this subject strongly suggest that she is highly suited to studying
    social sciences or a related discipline at degree level and beyond.

    xxx is a
    consistently hard-working and enthusiastic individual who has much to offer any
    institution. She is articulate and motivated and we would highly recommend her
    as a worthy candidate on any course.
  2. I personally think the students are getting a disservice if the statement is written by someone who doesn't know them well but I know that in some schools all statements come from the Head of 6th etc. A lot will depend on the subject that the student is applying for, I'm currently on sabbatical working in a university chemistry dept and have seen quite a lot of statements. The best are written by chemistry teachers and Heads of Chemistry/Science rather than just generic, subject review type statements. They highlight areas we can talk to students about when they come for interview. We do make offers regardless of reference/interview though as long as they're somewhere near our AAB offer. Your best bet is to get in touch with another school nearby that is experienced in this so you can borrow their expertise.
  3. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    Ours all appear to, but are written by the subject teachers, adapted by the form tutors and signed off by the Head of year.

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