A teacher training statement is a key part of our PME training application. It gives Hibernia College an opportunity to find out more about you – your motivations for pursuing a career in teaching, your reflections on any school experience you have and the skills, competencies, values and attitudes that you bring to the table. What can you offer teaching? What will make you an outstanding teacher, who will inspire, engage and challenge pupils? An initial teacher training personal statement is your chance to sell yourself.
What a teacher training personal statement shouldn’t be is a list of all your jobs or qualifications – those are set out elsewhere in your application. Nor should it simply be a factual account of what you have observed or what you did in a classroom during your school experience. While it is important to give a brief context, much more important is what you have learnt during your time in school, any skills you have developed and your reflections on what you observed or did. This shows that you have thought about your experience carefully. Additionally, it is important that you check your spelling and grammar carefully. You are going to be in charge of educating the next generation – you must have strong written communication skills.
“Examples can be a great way of demonstrating what you have learnt”
We also suggest steering away from overuse of general teaching related statements such as “I’ve always wanted to work with children”. Obviously we want to see that you have an interest in working with children but this can be demonstrated through your reflections on what you learnt during any school or similar experience and what you found rewarding about the work. Examples can be a great way of demonstrating what you have learnt, e.g. an example of a project you have worked on or a child you worked with (always remember to anonymise the people involved). What was challenging about the situation, what did you learn and what were the outcomes you achieved?
By all means draw on skills you have gained elsewhere, maybe in a different career field or in your own education or family life. If you have overcome obstacles or challenges that you believe show your resilience and adaptability, draw on that experience to demonstrate how you would handle the pressurised environment of teaching and working in a school.
“Your personal statement should be coherent and well-structured”
If you hold a non-subject specific degree and you know you have some gaps in your subject knowledge, it’s a good idea to mention this in your personal statement but to also offer the provider a solution. You can demonstrate that you have done some research and you have already considered a solution to this challenge to bring your knowledge up to the level you need to teach.
Be clear about what motivates you. A personal statement, which suggests that you have not thought through your reasons for going into teaching, will not help your application to succeed. Hibernia College is less likely to be concerned about someone who has had a diverse career but is now committed to teaching than someone who says they have always wanted to teach but can’t give clear reasons why. And last but definitely not least, your personal statement should be coherent and well-structured!
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