What makes a great teacher training application? You might think that it’s all about the personal statement, but that’s just one part of it. Teacher training providers use your application to get a sense of you as a person, and that includes your qualifications, work history and school experience. Here are our top tips for an application that will impress the assessors:
- Check you meet the requirements
There are national requirements for all ITT courses which are set out by the government which are relevant for everyone applying for teacher training in this country. Check that you do meet the basic requirements before applying as they are statutory requirements that have to be met by all applicants. Individual providers will then have additional requirements for their courses and routes. This means you’ll need to do your research on the provider(s) you’re applying for – either look on their website or check what it says on Apply. We’ve written a blog post on the topic if you want to know more.
- Explain how your work experience is relevant
Everything in your application needs to clearly signpost the reasons why you’d make a good teacher, to make it really clear to the assessors. This includes when you’re sharing details about your education and work history. If you’ve got the opportunity to expand on your work or volunteering experience, make sure you highlight the parts of the job that are relevant to teaching – for example, leadership skills, working with young people, or giving presentations. On Apply, you only have the opportunity to do this for any volunteer work, so make it count!
- Get some school experience
Having real experience in a school, even if only for a couple of hours a week, will set your application apart and demonstrate that you are serious about becoming a teacher. If you’re already working full-time, consider if you could take a day or half-day of annual leave, or adjust your hours if you are able to work flexibly. If you have an idea of which school you’d like to train in, try and get experience in that school so that you’ve already built a relationship with the staff before you apply. Many schools will be happy to accommodate your request if you give them enough notice, but if you’re having trouble getting school experience, get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do.
- Do your research
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the world of teaching and education so that you can confidently use some of the specific terminology in your application, and if all goes well, your interview. Reading articles in education sector publications such as Schools Week and Tes will give you a flavour of the current debates happening at national level, while exploring Oak National Academy will give you an insight into how lessons are structured and what pupils are expected to learn at different levels.
- Include a compelling personal statement
Most importantly, fine-tune your personal statement so that it really allows your skills, passion, and suitability for teaching to shine. We’ve gone into more detail about this in a dedicated blog post, but it’s worth taking the time to get this right, because it’s the only part that allows you to bring your personality into the application. Get some feedback on your statement before you submit it too – even if just to check the spelling and grammar, as making multiple mistakes will demonstrate that you haven’t invested the time and attention that your application deserves.
Here’s wishing you all the best with your application – if you need any more advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.