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Top Tips for Writing Your NQT Personal Statement

15/02/2021 Scott

While there are many parts to applying for an NQT job, the most important of them all is your personal statement. Where the application form is for you to lay out your qualifications and skills, your personal statement is where you sell yourself, highlight your personality, and explain why you would be an asset to their school. 

It’s no easy task, but it’s not impossible! 

We’ve put together 6 top tips that will help you create a personal statement that’s sure to make you stand out from the crowd and land an interview at your dream school. Of course, if you want to avoid ever having to write a personal statement again, signing up for our NQT Pool gives you access to hundreds of jobs with no added paperwork. 

1 - Tailor your statement to each school

As an NQT you’re probably applying to a large number of schools at once. When you’re in the middle of your busy PGCE year it can feel like a waste of time to edit your personal statement for every job application. In fact, it’s the most important thing you can do. 

Every school is different, and so every application you send should be different. Take the time to read the job advertisement carefully, have a look through their website, and their latest Ofsted report. Make a list of what the school is passionate about and the exact requirements of the position. Then link them to your own passions and experience. 

At the NQT Pool we create a detailed profile of your skills, abilities, personality, and professional goals, and use that to reach out to potential schools for you. This not only saves you precious time searching for NQT jobs but also makes it easier to tailor your application to each school. 

2 - Create a killer opening line 

Just like a great novel, your opening sentence should stand out (for the right reasons). Effective personal statements often start with a brief explanation of what inspired them to become a teacher in the first place, or why they’re excited to be applying for this particular position. 

3 - Focus on the age group you will be teaching

Rather than saying you enjoy teaching a particular age group, show that you understand the challenges (and how to overcome them) that come with those particular students. For example, if you’re applying for a job within a secondary school that has a sixth form, you might want to show how you have helped students with UCAS applications. Or, if you’re applying for a primary position, you could demonstrate why it’s important to keep an element of play within your lesson plans. 

4 - Highlight your teaching development 

While listing your experience is helpful, it is far more important to reflect on this experience and explain how it has helped your development as a teacher. Whether it’s classroom time, a school trip, or coaching a youth sports team, giving specific examples of how your experiences have improved your skills will help the hiring team picture you in the position. 

5 - Show off your strengths and skills

Use your personal statement to demonstrate what you can bring to the school, that no other applicants can. Achievements, professional goals, strategies you’ve developed - highlight what makes you unique and how that can specifically help the students and the school as a whole. 

6 - Have a strong finish

Just like any great essay, your conclusion should mirror your introduction. Reinforce your enthusiasm for teaching and the school your applying to. Finally, before you click send, take the time to triple check your statement for any errors! 

 
How can Teaching Personnel can help?
If you want to avoid writing a personal statement altogether then Teaching Personnel’s NQT Pool is for you. Register once and you we will actively promote you to schools in the areas you choose and help you prepare to nail the interview. Find out more and register here

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