Writing A Personal Statement For Lecturer Job

Sample Teaching Personal Statement

Throughout my twenty-year teaching career I have gained extensive skills in training and management, alongside working directly with children within the early years. Through these roles I have seen the impact that my experience within teaching has had on my ability to assess and report on a range of issues. I have also undertaken regular academic study and professional training to ensure that I can offer feedback, allowing me to provide successful mentoring as well as assessment.

Translating teaching experience into academic qualification, through studying for an Early Years Education degree, offered an opportunity to develop analytical skills. Academic study required the collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence and the consistent recording of relevant findings. Essay writing and project work all contributed to the experience of gathering evidence, whether consulting previous studies or conducting my own. Receiving consistent recognition for my outstanding performance demonstrates that I have achieved a level of excellence in this area.

My experience of gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence within an academic context was assisted by employment experience of management and training, including performing various roles as supervisor, manager, chairperson and governor. Each of these roles has required the assessment of staff performance and institutional processes, as well as reporting on findings at committee meetings or in writing.

My prior role in pre-school management demonstrates my dedication to facilitating learning through training and supervision, requiring awareness of the impact of management level decisions on the quality of education. Decisions related to educational planning, using the Early Years Educational Framework, have to be considered, alongside practical concerns, such as budget restrictions. Implementing this framework through managing a pre-existing team required organisational and diplomatic skill. A dedicated attitude to training and development allowed me to gain the skills necessary to achieve this; while a fair, reasonable approach to feedback allowed me to instil the same in my colleagues, and to incorporate new ideas. This approach to constructive feedback also allowed me to offer structured guidance to students visiting from local colleges.

I was also responsible for the recruitment and training of staff, control of budgets and the creation of strong relationships between colleagues and parents. While my role chairing the committee required the consideration and mediation of disparate viewpoints, the ultimate responsibility for key decisions was mine. I believe that accepting this responsibility demonstrated my ability to weigh up the evidence to reach balanced judgements, which always benefited the children.

In any management role I have found that communication skills are essential. Alongside academic writing abilities, I have regularly taken responsibility for producing a range of documents, from staff and pupil records to planning, training and fundraising documents. I have also been instrumental in producing a monthly 35-page parish magazine, requiring an eye for detail and a strong grasp of word processing and publishing IT packages, as well as the ability to respond to the concerns of contributors and advertisers. Through staff management and training I have honed my ability to offer constructive feedback verbally, while my work as a member of various committees has offered invaluable opportunities to both mediate and lead discussion, defending, interpreting and adjusting my viewpoint where necessary.

I have adhered to consistently high standards of professional conduct. I have remained passionate about gaining knowledge and experience to ensure that I can successfully fulfil each role. Having worked across a range of educational institutions, I have gained experience of and adapted to the relevant frameworks for each, both in the classroom and in simpler aspects, such as health and safety legislation. Having worked in early years education in the UK and Australia I have also shown an ability to adapt swiftly and effectively in international contexts, ensuring I provide the same high standard in each. Alongside this knowledge of the practical aspects of each role I have also strived to maintain strong, professional relationships with all stakeholders and have proven valuable as a committee member and in supervisory roles. My passionate and reflective approach to ensuring an excellent education for all children has not only shown in my management and administrative work, however, but has also inspired enthusiasm within the educational environment. Having worked with children of all ages, and having worked extensively with children with special educational needs, including autism, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy and visual and hearing impairments, it is my commitment to equality, diversity and excellence in education, and in the various challenges that these values present, that has inspired my commitment to my professional development and the development of others.

We hope you’ve found this sample teaching personal statement to be helpful.

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.

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