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Preparing your personal statement

Preparing your personal statement

When you submit your application via the UCAS Teacher Training portal, you’ll need to write a personal statement.

It’s crucial that you use this as an opportunity to show your knowledge of, and skills for, teaching. A good statement should highlight your strengths and how you can bring these to teaching.

Think about the distinct qualities that will make you an amazing teacher. Your personal statement should convey energy, enthusiasm and a passion for teaching.

Key points to cover

As a general guide, it’s a good idea to cover:

  • your reasons for wanting to teach
  • the qualities you have that will work well in the classroom – such as communication, organisation and creativity
  • how previous studies and any work experience relate to your chosen subject or age group
  • what you’ve learnt during any school experience placements
  • how you’ve benefited from any other experience that you may have of working with children or young people – for example running a youth group or sports club

You might find it helpful to take a look at our application webinar, which covers the personal statement.

UCAS advice

You can also find useful information on the UCAS website, which will help you work through your personal statement: