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What NOT to include in a statement/letter?

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by Xtinelove, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Xtinelove

    Xtinelove New commenter

    Hi all,

    I was wondering what makes an awful application . . . !

    When constructing a letter and/or statement for an International school, what should I avoid? I know employers dislike vague, idealistic statements that lack any real evidence, but what else should one avoid in a cover letter/statement?

    I'm applying for schools in the Far East.

    Thanks! :)
  2. SecondPlace

    SecondPlace Occasional commenter

    I'd probably avoid phrases like the 'Far East' for a start.
  3. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Never say "Hitler did nothing wrong"

    Absolute no-no
  4. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Established commenter

    Don't include stuff you've done in the past but have no intention of ever doing again. In applying for my deputy headship I recklessly mentioned my RLSS bronze medallion and ended up teaching swimming two periods a week.
    thatmaninthehat likes this.
  5. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Oh god no!
    Don’t mention scheduling or yearbook unless you’re prepared to spend the rest of your life doing those things.
    Now, if you are so prepared, give us a call
  6. Sending the exact same thing in every application that you do.
  7. percy topliss

    percy topliss Occasional commenter

    As Mainwaring says but a bit different. Don't talk about the MUN or D of E and then, after getting the job and when you are asked to do it say no. It leaves a bad taste. I have tried to get such things put into contracts to stop people blowing their own trumpets just for a trip to the big Mango...also it is South East Asia.....or China etc etc

    Ho hum....

  8. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Established commenter

    I absolutely loved timetabling/ scheduling and continued to do it until I 'retired'. During a deputy headship interview years ago the HT asked: 'What does my current timetable tell you about my educational priorities?' It focused my mind for the first time on the fact that the timetable is not just a crossword puzzle but a principal instrument for delivering the school's aims and objectives.
    Helen-Back and gulfgolf like this.
  9. Xtinelove

    Xtinelove New commenter

    Thanks! I've sent out a few applications to schools I have spent time researching and haven't heard anything back yet. Perhaps I need to emphasise the extra curricular side of things, but I'm not keen on doing DofE...plus my school is quite far away from my house so I have a long commute which limits my time after school...

    I don't teach a core subject so job options are also somewhat limited overseas, but I'll keep applying! To South East Asia ;)
    percy topliss likes this.
  10. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    A school’s timetable is the most direct route to their core beliefs. Not the beliefs they put on the website, the beliefs they live on a daily basis.
    I certainly never meant to disparage scheduling. It’s massively important. It’s just that few people have talent and inclination in that direction.
  11. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Not sure what you mean by this....how do you think international schools run? I dont teach a "core" subject, and i have no problem getting jobs.
  12. Bertie90

    Bertie90 New commenter

    Sorry guys but what is MUN & D of E?
  13. Xtinelove

    Xtinelove New commenter

    I see many more jobs advertised for core subjects than I do minority subjects (e.g. Classics A level). So I assumed that it is harder to come across those jobs in general...?
  14. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    They just have larger departments. Yes some jobs are rarer than others, while others are more available, but have a huge amount of applications for each position. Yes you will see more "english" or "humanities" jobs advertised, but there will be 100's of applications for them. Remember you are competing against the world now.

    If clasics a level is your only subject, then yes you will struggle.
  15. Xtinelove

    Xtinelove New commenter

    My specialism is Psychology and Sociology. I'm currently HOD but will be applying for general teaching posts, not middle leader roles.
  16. percy topliss

    percy topliss Occasional commenter

    Lets be frank here. After almost 20 years of International teaching, Dull ones, Ones on the Hill and THE British school in Bangkok, Classics is not taught. Period.

  17. percy topliss

    percy topliss Occasional commenter

    Oops, you were writing whilst I was. Psychology is hot......shed loads of jobs out there.


  18. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Look at IB schools, psychology is a hot subject with them too.
    percy topliss likes this.
  19. Xtinelove

    Xtinelove New commenter

    Thanks for the advice. I'm also wondering how best to gain IB experience whilst teaching A level. The specs are quite similar for Psych but other than using the same resources and IB textbooks for activities, how does one go about gaining IB experience whilst in the UK?
  20. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Lots of professional development available. Check out the IB's website. Most people just get a job at an IB school, and then the school has to train you. This way would save you a fair bit of money.
    Xtinelove likes this.

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