Popular with graduates, teacher training is very competitive. Let Prospects guide you through the application and interview process and how to write a high-quality personal statement...
As well as completing an application form, you will also need a personal or supporting statement. This is where you need to be sure you demonstrate strengths, skills and suitability for teaching.
Your personal statement should include an introduction, main body and conclusion.
It's important to:
Before drafting your personal statement, consider the following questions...
Take a look at our example personal statement.
Each personal statement should be unique and personal to you so it is not advisable to copy the example. All applications made through UCAS Teacher Training are put through a Similarity Detection Service. Instead use the guidelines and the example and produce your own, personal version. Selectors want to get an insight into who you are and why you are suited to teaching.
Before completing an application form you need to:
Before being accepted onto a teacher training course, you will need to pass numeracy and literacy skills tests. The results of the tests will help ITT providers decide on the suitability of candidates.
The tests can be booked up to three months before you need to submit your application. Your initial skills tests will be free, but you will be expected to pay for resits.
For more information see Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers .
If you are successful with your application, the next step will be an interview. These can take a variety of forms, but no one gets into teaching without being interviewed. On the plus side, if you're being interviewed then the trainer feels from your application that you are a very positive candidate.
Preparation is the key to success with any interview, so make sure you do your research. Teaching policies change on a regular basis, so it's important you keep up to date.
Make sure you:
If you have any concerns about the interview, contact your ITT provider.
You can generally expect the interview to include:
Interviewers will be looking for candidates who:
For more interview advice see interview tips.
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