The application form provides an initial impression of a candidate and should be completed with the professional attention to detail that is expected of an aspiring teacher.
Complete all sections of the application form taking great care to provide detailed, accurate, relevant and compelling information that will convince us of your suitability for our programme.
Writing your personal statement
When you submit your UCAS application you will need to write a personal statement. This is your opportunity to make a big impression, but the available space is limited to 4,000 characters. A good statement will highlight your personal attributes and how you will bring these into teaching. You should try and make your statement stand out and avoid using clichés and generic statements that do not tell us something about you as an individual.
As a general guide, we suggest you:
- include your reasons for wanting to teach – why will you enjoy teaching your subject and/or age group?
- what qualities do you have that will work well in the classroom?
- demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and rewards of becoming a teacher
- emphasise the relevance of your previous studies and work experience to teaching your subject/age group
- provide plenty of evidence and examples of your skills and qualities
- tell us what you have learnt from your school experience placements and how this has influenced your decision to teach
- provide details of any other roles you have held working with children or young people such as a teaching assistant or volunteering at youth or sports clubs
- organise your information so that it is clear and easily accessible for the reader
- proofread your application – do not underestimate the importance of asking a friend to read your statement; they may spot errors that you have missed.
- every application form submitted to us is checked for spelling and grammatical errors as part of our assessment of your fundamental English skills.
Follow these simple guidelines and you should put yourself in a good position to be invited to interview with us, where you’ll be able to build substantially on the evidence you provide on your form.
George Abbot SCITT ensures that there is equality of opportunity for all applicants in accordance with national legislation and its own aim, which is to achieve the widest recruitment into teaching.
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