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Discussion in 'Early Years' started by KHADISMA, Dec 16, 2016.


    KHADISMA New commenter


    I have looked and read quite a few threads here regarding personal statements and teaching in early years and have decided to take the plunge and apply for reception positions. I am a qualified secondary specialist in MFL and I have been thinking and doing quite a lot of research on EYFS these last few years to see if I could transfer and teach a reception class. After reading some threads in here, I discovered that most primary school teachers are not necessarily trained or familiar with teaching a reception class and that they had to learn on their first post. This gave me the courage to start applying for such posts. Beside as a MFL specialist, this could be a great advantage for schools due to the fact that languages are now compulsory in KS2.
    So now my only worry is my personal statement!
    Could someone please have a look at it as I want to make sure that it's perfect?

    Thank you in advance

  2. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    You need to get into an EYFS setting and see how it works. Yes, Primary teachers do often gain posts in EY, but best practice in KS1 and 2 has far more similarities with EY than does KS3 and 4. What you have experienced in a teaching role as a secondary MFL specialist will be miles away from the wonderful play based, child centered environment that is EY - and you may hate it. A HT would have to be very desperate to employ a teacher who lacks EY experience in the classroom. If you want to PM me your personal statement then I am happy to read it but to be honest I think it is the least of your worries....
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    If you have a generic personal statement, it will be a long way from being perfect.
    You already have a great many disadvantages when applying, a naff application will ensure you get nowhere.

    You need to read the person specification for the post you want to apply for and write a tailor made application addressing how you meet each and every one of those requirements. This takes a while and you will need to spend time writing a new application for each post, but it is the only way you have a chance.

    Having a reception class teacher who can teach KS2 languages won't really work for most schools. Not quite sure why you think it is...it definitely won't be on any person spec for a reception post!

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