Your personal statement is the heart of your application for work as a newly qualified teacher and should be re-written for each role. This is your opportunity to provide evidence of how you match the needs of the specific teaching job you are applying for, and earn yourself an invitation to the next stage, which is likely to be a selection day held at the school.
Writing tips for personal statements
See our example personal statement for primary teaching and personal statement for secondary teaching for further guidance.
When completing a personal statement for a teaching job you should usually observe the following guidelines:
- Do not exceed two sides of A4, unless otherwise instructed.
- Tailor your statement for each new application according to the nature of the school or LA and the advertised role.
- Emphasise your individual strengths in relation to the role.
- Consider using the government's Teachers' Standards to structure your statement, or follow the structure of the person specification.
- For a pool application, make sure you give a good overview of your skills and experience.
- It is essential that you give specific examples of what you have done to back up your claims.
What you must cover in your personal statement
Why you are applying for the role:
- Refer to any knowledge you have of the LA or the school, including any visits to the school and what you learnt from them.
- Mention any special circumstances, for example, your religious faith, which you think are relevant.
Details about your course:
- Give an overview of your training course, including the age range and subjects covered, and any special features.
- If you are a PGCE student, mention your first degree, your dissertation (if appropriate), any classroom-based research projects and relevant modules studied. Also mention if you have studied any masters modules.
Your teaching experience:
- What year groups you have taught.
- What subjects you have covered.
- Any use of assessment strategies or special features of the practices, for example, open-plan, multi-ethnic, team teaching.
Your classroom management strategies:
- Give examples of how you planned and delivered lessons and monitored and evaluated learning outcomes, including differentiation.
- Explain how you have managed classrooms and behaviour.
- Detail your experience of working with assistants or parents in your class.
Your visions and beliefs about primary/secondary education:
- What are your beliefs about learning and your visions for the future? You could touch on areas such as learning and teaching styles and strategies.
- Reflect on key policies relevant to the age range you want to teach.
Other related experience:
- This can include information about any previous work experience.
- Include training activities you have carried out and ways in which your subject knowledge has been developed.
Other related skills and interests:
- Give details of any particular competencies, experiences or leisure interests, which will help the school to know more about you as a person.
- Any involvement in working with children (running clubs, youth work and summer camps) is particularly useful to note.
Aim to end on a positive note. A conclusion which displays your enthusiasm in relation to the specific application and teaching in general will enhance your application, but avoid general statements and clichés.
Sample Teaching Personal Statement
I have been lucky enough to have been taught by some truly inspirational teachers and am well aware of the effect they have had on my life and the choices I have made subsequently. My own passion for working with young children extends from my desire to emulate these role models and perform the same inspirational function in the lives of my students.
I have always enjoyed being around young children and have supplemented my interests in primary teaching with as much work experience as possible. As a Voluntary Teaching Assistant, I have worked with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils, preparing activities and lessons and helping the teacher to implement them, showing me that preparation, planning and communication are essential skills within teaching. By fostering good relationships with staff, pupils and parents it is possible to provide a holistic educational experience that compliments the child’s extra-curricular life as much as possible. Through following the advice of my mentors in this role, I have become adept at building these relationships, and can successfully guide children through the day’s activities, at school or on related day trips. I have also found that a shorter work placement at Prospect House Day Nursery has allowed me to gain experience of the challenges and rewards of working with young children. As well as hands-on experience of dealing with the practical and emotional issues involved, such as attending to their physical wellbeing and comforting them when upset, I also used this role to gain experience of early education using a range of play-centred techniques and resources. Both of these roles demonstrated the importance of the teacher/caregiver role in both the child’s life and education and emphasised the huge responsibility, and the hard work needed to meet that responsibility.
I have also demonstrated my ability to perform well in related subjects and am currently undertaking a BTEC in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Implementing what I have learnt through work experience has allowed me a greater understanding of educational theory and the way in which furthering my knowledge through undergraduate study could improve my abilities. As a keen student of foreign languages, particularly Spanish, I am also passionate about teaching languages to students at the earliest possible age. Languages open the door to exciting opportunities in life and providing children with language skills at an age when they are most receptive to absorbing information will allow them to make the most of these in future. Privately studying Spanish at A-level not only demonstrates my drive, determination and time management skills, but also continually inspires me to do what I can to improve language education by specializing in Modern Foreign Languages.
Studying and working in education has shown me that it is a challenging and rewarding career, but I believe my track record of dedication and hard work in both elements suggests that I can meet its demands. My commitment to providing a first rate education for my future pupils has seen me strive to gain as many additionally useful skills as possible, be they language, ICT or first aid-related. It is this that has driven me to pursue my ambitions in the field, and that will continue to do so through university and into my career beyond.
We hope this sample Teaching personal statement has given you some ideas to help write your own teaching personal statement.