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As a newly qualified teacher you're about to enter the profession at a time when competition for the best teaching jobs is very high.

That's why it's never been more important to differentiate yourself and show your potential employers why you would be the best person for the job right from the start.

It may sound obvious, but the best way to write a personal or supporting statement is to remember: It’s all about you.


  • Expand on any information that you have mentioned on your CV / application form
  • Have a good idea of what you want to write before you start
  • Make sure the information is relevant to the school that you’re applying to
  • Split the statement into subheadings:

-  Your reasons for applying for the post
-  How your experience and skills make you the ideal candidate
-  How you would assist in promoting high standards within the department/school
-  Your vision for the development of the subject / post

  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. If you are writing your application by hand, ask somebody to proofread it before sending


  • Don’t use the same personal statement - tailor to each role and school
  • Don’t go on for too long - try to keep to no more than two sides of A4
  • Don’t forget the information you have. Use the job description and person specification as a guide to see what should be included and what can be left out

For more advice get in touch with your local Hays Education consultant.

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