Teacher personal statements

47 Best Teacher Vision Statement Examples

A teacher vision statement (often also called a mission statement) is a statement that a teacher often puts within their teaching philosophy portfolio. This is often submitted in job applications to show your skills on a teaching resume.

It can also be a vision that a teacher sets for themselves at the beginning of their school year to motivate and guide them as they go about setting up their classroom culture.

Vision statements reveal the teacher’s personal values, teaching philosophy, and personal goals.

The following are a list of vision statement examples for teachers of all age groups: preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and college students.

Teacher Vision Statement Examples

Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers

My vision is to …

  1. …help children to develop the cognitive, language, physical and social skills required to succeed in their formative years.
  2. …create play-based learning environments where children can learn through different types of play.
  3. …help inspire students to develop the self-confidence required to succeed in school in the coming years.
  4. …promote a cooperative play environment where students learn not only from their teachers but each other.
  5. …develop a Montessori-inspired learning environment that is rich in resources and gives students the chance to learn through active play.
  6. …encourage engaged and creative minds through ongoing and daily student-centered active-learning lessons.
  7. …prepare students for big school by giving them the social and communication skills that they will require in the next stage of their lives.

Elementary Teachers

My vision is to …

  1. …support children as they discover and explore new ideas in a safe, welcoming classroom environment.
  2. …support children to become confident and capable members of society.
  3. …be an inspiring and empowering force in children’s lives so they are excited and motivated to learn.
  4. …help all children find a sense of purpose in their lives through education.
  5. …ensure all lessons are student-centered and differentiated so that all students get the support they need.
  6. …utilize humanist and socio-cultural principles so students can learn through discovery in safe and collaborative environments.
  7. …ensure assessment, pedagogy and curriculum are student-centered so that learning is always relevant to the lives of my students.
  8. …develop an inclusive classroom atmosphere in which all students learn to appreciate and respect the diversity in their class.
  9. …show all boys and girls that they can be anything they want to be if they put in the effort and have the mindset to achieve.
  10. …promote both hard and soft skills in my students, including STEM skills and important emotional skills such as compassion, resilience and work ethic.
  11. …give students the cross-curricular foundations for a successful life as active members of their chosen communities.

Middle School Teachers

My vision is to …

  1. …raise kind, caring and compassionate young people with the skills to apply their values in their lives outside of school.
  2. …help young people find their passion and path in life.
  3. …ensure all children regardless of gender, race, ability or social class have the opportunity to succeed in my classrooms.
  4. …create a collaborative learning environment where students learn from and inspire one another.
  5. …develop a forward-looking, technologically enhanced, and motivating learning environment.
  6. …acknowledge and appropriately reward hard work and self-growth.
  7. …be a positive and constructive role model for all students who enter my classroom.
  8. …raise students with the thinking and learning skills that they require in order to continue to learn well after they have left my classroom.
  9. …inspire a lifelong love of learning by creating lessons that are exciting, authentic, engaging, and relevant to the lives of my students.
  10. …to create visible and real change in the lives of all students in my classroom, be it cognitive, social, or personal.

High School Teachers

My vision is to …

  1. …help my students identify the passions that they will pursue in their final years of schooling and beyond.
  2. …help students to develop individuality as they near the time to go out into the world and serve their fellow citizens.
  3. …help students to develop important democratic values of youth citizenship, community and equality.
  4. …create the leaders of tomorrow with the skills required to succeed in the 21st Century.
  5. …facilitate a culture of learning and risk taking in a challenging yet safe educational setting.
  6. …set high expectations for all my students so they come to class engaged and excited to learn every day.
  7. …encourage critical thinking that enables students to become powerful and thoughtful leaders for their school and community.
  8. …prepare students for their next steps beyond high school, including in the workforce, their communities and their personal relationships.
  9. …develop resilient social actors who have the self-belief and skillset required to overcome challenges in life.
  10. …provide students with the academic foundations that will put them in good stead to achieve in college.

College Professors

My vision is to …

  1. …prepare students to be change makers in their professional workforces after graduation.
  2. …help students identify and solve the major challenges facing civilization in the coming decades.
  3. …encourage open minds and creative thinkers who will meet the challenges of their generation.
  4. …encourage college students to embrace enterprise, self-confidence, creativity and social justice in all their endeavors.
  5. …inspire free thinking and individualistic mindsets among students and teach them to be gamechangers in their chosen professions.
  6. …create a culture of innovation and inquiry and show students that they are powerful actors in society.
  7. …promote the virtues of scientific method, research and scholarly inquiry so students can bring important critical thinking skills to their pursuits outside of college.
  8. …inspire the minds of a generation.
  9. …cultivate partnerships between my students and industry so that they leave university with both workforce ready skills and the social capital required for gaining meaningful employment in their fields.

Final Thoughts

A teacher vision statement is an important document that shows what you value. It should reveal both your pedagogical skills and beliefs, and your personal values.

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The above examples are one-sentence vision statements. You may wish to mix and match the above statements so you have a full-sentence statement of your vision. Or, underneath your one-sentence vision statement, provide a list of 3 – 5 aims that show how you will go about achieving your vision in the school year to come.

Good luck with your vision statement and (of course) with your teaching goals this year!

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How to write a teacher personal statement

When hiring a teacher, schools will ask applicants for a summary of their education, qualifications and employment history. Once those particular boxes are ticked, what they’re really keen to know is the person behind that information.

Teaching is a profession that’s all about personality, and your personal statement is the first opportunity for you to get yours across.

What is a personal statement?

Your personal statement should sell yourself to the school you’re applying to. As well as explaining why you’re interested in the role, you need to show how you’re able to apply various teaching methods, motivate pupils and demonstrate subject knowledge.

Your skills and experience should allow the reader to see why you’re the perfect fit for what they’re looking for.

It’s a crucial part of your application, so it’s worth taking your time on it.

If you’ve not written a personal statement since you first applied for teacher training, now’s the time to update it. Where you once wrote about why you wanted to become a teacher in the first place, you will have since experienced unique situations and developed certain beliefs about the right way to teach, which is what hiring schools want to hear.

What should you include?

Unless the job advert requests a specific length, a teacher’s personal statement should be around 300-500 words. This should give you enough space for strong opening and closing statements, separated by a short explanation for why you’re right for the job.

Your opening statement needs to be short, strong and simple to gain the reader’s attention.

It may be useful to leave writing the first sentence until after you’ve finished the rest of your personal statement. That should give you a clear idea of your selling points, making it easier to summarise.

Requested information

Before writing your personal statement, establish whether the school has asked for anything to be included. This could be general (“demonstrate how you meet the requirements set out in the job role”) or specific (“include an example of a difficult situation you’ve overcome”). Either way, make it clear and obvious what your response to this is so the school can see you’ve thoroughly read and understood the job description.

Your general approach to teaching

How do you identify mistakes and provide feedback? Are your methods more teacher or student-centred? How do you find the right balance between instruction and discussion? Every school interprets the national curriculum in a unique way, and you should find out as much about the school as possible and show that your teaching philosophy is compatible with theirs.

Take a look through guidance on teachers’ standards to see what schools are looking for from candidates.

Something that makes you stand out

The nature of teaching means that it’s likely others applying for the role will have a similar academic and employment background to you. But everybody has different experiences and strengths. Think back through your career about a moment when you really excelled, an attribute you’ve particularly worked on, or knowledge you’ve transferred over from a career you’ve had outside the teaching profession.

Related skills and interests

You’re only a teacher some of the time. If you take part in any activities outside the classroom that could be seen as having a connection to your career, be sure to mention them. Being involved in clubs or giving up your spare time to volunteer could all be seen as adding value by the school you’re hoping to join.

Any relationship you have with the school

Schools want to be confident the potential new teacher joining, has an understanding of the school environment. Mention any visits you’ve made to the school, your local knowledge, or if any of your own children have been (or currently are) students.

What should you not include?

Irrelevant information

Recruiters want to know that you’re capable of fulfilling the role that they’ve advertised. They don’t need to read your entire biography. Keep the details to the point, and be ruthless when deciding what areas of your experience you should be sharing.

Repetitive information

If you’ve completed an application form or submitted a CV, there’s no need to add the same information in your personal statement. You can refer to certain elements where necessary, but treat this as a complementary piece.

Any mistakes

This should go without saying, but be meticulous with your personal statement. Spelling errors, incorrect use of punctuation and poor grammar are red flags in any job application, but especially for teachers. Don’t rely on your computer’s spell checker for the final review, and don’t be afraid to ask someone else to take a look. As any good teacher knows, you shouldn’t mark your own homework.

Text copied from elsewhere

Hiring staff see a lot of job applications and will know immediately when they’ve come across a sentence before. Some may even have access to a plagiarism checker which they won’t be afraid to use on your application.

While it’s acceptable to reuse your own personal statement on multiple job applications with a few tailored adjustments, it should always be your own unique words. While you may find examples of teacher personal statements online, it’s important to remember they are just examples.

How do you end a personal statement?

Your ending needs to be strong. A weak ending could undo all the excellent work you have put into your statement. Make it credible, logical and emotional to give you the best chance of getting that interview and being the successful candidate.

Do school hiring staff read personal statements?

Research shows that this is the first piece of information hiring staff turn to when sifting through applications.

Having all the necessary qualifications and a solid employment history can only get you so far, especially when competition is high.

Teaching personal statement examples

Your personal statement is used to explain why you want to become a teacher and your suitability for the role. While your application form briefly outlines your qualifications, skills and work experience, your teaching personal statement is where your personality shines through.

Take your time with it; be prepared to receive constructive feedback and write a few drafts before you send it off.

It’s important to:

  • use examples based on your recent teaching experience
  • tailor your personal statement according to the school/age group
  • use good, clear, written English, using first person terms such as ‘my’ and ‘I’
  • be original and honest
  • avoid clichés and general statements, such as ‘I’ve always wanted to teach’
  • demonstrate a passion for teaching.

While it’s crucial to get it right, your teaching personal statement is only a small part of the application process. Find out how else you’ll need to prepare to get a teaching job.

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How to write a personal statement for teaching

The personal statement is split into two sections totalling 1,000 words and is an important part of your application. It’s crucial that you don’t copy and that the statement you provide is your own work.

Section one is around 600 words and is where you explain why you want to teach and what qualities you have that would make you a great teacher. Show that you know about the challenges and rewards of teaching, discuss any lessons you’ve observed and what you would do differently and explain why you want to teach a particular subject or age group. Talk about any experience you have outside of the classroom and any thoughts you have on the education system and welfare of children.

For the second section you can write up to 400 words. If you want to do primary teacher training you’ll need to explain why you’ve chosen this age group and if you want to do secondary teacher training you’ll use this section to show your subject knowledge. You could talk about your degree subject and the modules within it, any relevant skills or interests you have and your understanding of the national curriculum.

The nature of your personal statement will vary, depending on the type of teaching you’d like to pursue. Take a look at some of our example personal statements to get an idea of how they differ.

PGCE primary personal statement

Personal statement for PGCE primary

As well as focusing on roles in which you’ve gained experience with primary-age children, a PGCE primary personal statement should demonstrate your well-rounded personality and any skills that could be useful for the range of extra-curricular activities primary schools provide (such as the ability to read music for recorder lessons, or drama experience to help with school plays).

PGCE secondary personal statement

Personal statement for PGCE secondary

Many good PGCE secondary personal statements acknowledge the challenges involved in teaching older pupils and provide examples of where the candidate has worked to overcome these problems. As secondary teaching roles are geared towards teaching a specific subject, training providers are looking for more evidence of your subject and degree knowledge.

School Direct personal statement

Personal statement for School Direct

If you’re applying for the salaried School Direct route, you should discuss the experience you’ve gained in the classroom prior to your application. One of your references will need to be from an employer, or someone who can comment on your work ethic and suitability for teaching. Don’t worry if your degree is unrelated to the subject you’d like to teach – you may still be able to apply by completing a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course.

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.

How to write the perfect teaching personal statement

Teacher Personal Statement

When applying for a new job, you may be competing with tens or hundreds of other applicants in a race for the role.

The HR manager or headteacher recruiting for the job will be scrutinising every detail of your application to make sure they are bringing in the right people for interview.

The application form is the first hurdle you have to get over and sets the first impression of you as a person in the recruiter’s mind.

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The personal statement: why does it matter?

The personal statement presents the perfect opportunity to show you are an exceptional candidate, understand teaching and know the school you are applying to.

It is not an easy task and is a tricky thing to get right. It requires being concise and clear – it shouldn’t be too long or read like a list.

You should talk about yourself and your professional achievements, while at the same time apply those experiences to the school itself.

We spoke to Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, about what goes into the perfect personal statement. Here’s what he said:

What does a great teaching personal statement look like?

“In general, I would say no longer than two sides of A4 – typescript. It needs to be well structured and linked to the specific school. It will need to include a number of key areas, including behavioural management, educational philosophy, subject expertise, pedagogy, personal organisation and skills and enrichment activities that the candidate can bring.”

What should it contain?

“I would recommend that candidates include three elements in each of the key areas:

  1. What their beliefs/philosophy/approach is – i.e., the theory
  2. Their experience in that area
  3. How they would use that experience in the school they are applying to and specific to the job they are applying for

The statement should also include something personal in terms of their outside interests to indicate that they live an interesting and well-balanced life.”

What are school leaders looking to read in a good personal statement?

“They will want to see something of the person’s character come through. It must not be just a list of achievements or repeat of the CV. It needs to be well-written, error-free and mention the school they are applying for – but not too many times. It should read as if it has been specifically written for the school and job they are applying for. I would be looking for something similar to the approach I have indicated above, covering all of the key areas and indicating that they have a vocation for working with young people. Somehow I would like to see a ‘generosity of spirit’ come through in the statement.”

How can a candidate stand out in a personal statement?

“A good personal statement needs to include something of the person themselves. It has to make the reader believe that the candidate has something special without bragging or appearing arrogant – but something a bit above what other candidates may offer. A really good introduction and ending are important, and it’s worth spending a great deal of time crafting those sections of the statement. Hook the reader in at the beginning and finish on a high note so that they want to meet the person and explore what has been written.”

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Teaching Personal Statement example

Teaching Personal Statement example Teaching Personal Statement example: It was the direct experience of working with children in a school that proved to me that my true personal interest, and consequently my career ambitions, lie in primary teaching. I have a genuine passion for working with and for children, which really became apparent to me in my work with the “Food for Life” charity, which focuses on the education of the poorest children in India. I was able to spend time in a school in India, teaching English, where I felt the great satisfaction of knowing that I was able to help and influence children, both academically and personally. Although my first degree in law presented the sort of academic and intellectual challenge that I was seeking, I know that law as a career would not offer me the human satisfaction that I should find in teaching. My own experience as a pupil has been very influential on my view of the teacher’s role, and I should hope to be able to offer my own pupils the support, encouragement and guidance that I received myself.

In a PGCE course I would hope to turn my personal commitment into a disciplined and informed body of knowledge and skills. I believe that I already have a deep respect for children, but I need to learn about the different needs of individual learners. I realise that cultural and linguistic diversity have implications for working in a school, and that learning is always an active process. Primary age children need very particular sorts of understanding, and the teacher must be aware of what makes for effective teaching. I shall need to develop specialist skills and knowledge relevant to early age pupils, and discover the ways in which preparation, planning, assessment and recording contribute to my effectiveness as a teacher. Classroom management will call for particular expertise, as will working with parents, and with my adult colleagues. I look forward particularly to the practical part of the course, working in a school, observing, and gaining real classroom experience, understanding how teachers cope with new pupils and seeing how relationships develop. The prospect is an exciting and challenging one.

I believe that my experience with “Food for Life” has already given me a good basis for understanding my planned career, and I now intend to spend a year working in a school before I begin the PGCE, exploring my own strengths and weaknesses, observing different teaching techniques, and seeing what the daily life of a teacher is like. My earlier work experience has developed some of the skills I shall need. I believe I am a good communicator, and my part-time work in a retail business has challenged my ability to deal with all sorts of customer queries, and to explain quite complex issues to people. I also work as a guide at a local stately home, which has called for excellent communication and clear confidence of manner. The law degree course includes the challenge of having to present an argument orally in the face of an opposing counsel, which is fine training in clear speech, quickfire thinking, and maintaining a cool head! I believe that I have shown my ability to work with others, that I have good skills of organisation, and that I am industrious, and willing to learn, as well as being always ready to be proactive and take the initiative. My good academic record speaks for itself, I believe, and shows clearly my ability to deal with an advanced course.

Outside the classroom my interests include reading fiction – a passion inspired in me by an excellent teacher. I also enjoy cooking and travelling, and recently spent a month in the Himalayas. I believe that teaching is a profession which involves the whole personality of the teacher, and that the rewards are not just for the pupils. I am sure that the teacher’s role will help me to develop myself, both academically and personally. The teacher has a privileged position, making an impact on a child’s life that will form that child, and stay with him or her through adulthood. I have every confidence that I have the necessary qualities to become a very successful student and primary school teacher.

How to Write a Personal Statement for a Teaching Job

Schools may request that candidates include a personal statement on their application that highlights why they are qualified to fill an opening for a teacher. A personal statement is a prime opportunity to highlight your training, achievements and aspirations for your teaching career. When well-written, a personal statement can give you a competitive edge over other candidates vying for the role. In this article, we discuss how to write a personal statement for a teaching job, bonus tips to make your personal statement particularly powerful and examples to help you craft your own.

What is a personal statement?

A personal statement is a place to share your strengths, achievements and career aspirations with a potential employer. For a teacher, this statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate how you are the ideal candidate for an open teaching position in a school. The personal statement should be approximately 200 to 500 words and include a brief overview of who you are in addition to your strengths, work experience and education. It is important to write a new personal statement for every position you apply for. A uniquely written statement will reflect the individual qualities a school is looking for in its teaching candidates.

How to write a strong personal statement for teaching

Breaking down the process of writing a personal statement into steps can make it easily manageable and help you include all of the most important information. Here are the basic steps to craft a strong personal statement for teaching positions:

Highlight your achievements, skills and strengths.

End with your objective.

1. Brainstorm ideas

Before you begin the writing process, brainstorm ideas for what you could incorporate into your personal statement, including accomplishments, strengths and skills. For teaching positions, experiences you have had in the classroom can be particularly powerful. Read through the job description and look at the words used to describe the candidate the school is looking to hire, such as ” creative,” ” innovative ” or ” motivated.” Using those or similar words can help your resume stand out.

2. Introduce yourself

Write a personal introduction that outlines who you are, including your educational background, whether you have prior experience teaching and, if so, what role you held at a previous school. For a strong personal introduction, include a statement explaining what attracted you to that specific teaching position.

3. Highlight your achievements, skills and strengths

After introducing yourself, explain what you have to offer the school and what sets you apart from other candidates. Some things you could potentially include here are relevant experience, achievements, skills, unique talents and professional goals. You may also want to include different classroom strategies you have found to be particularly useful and what impact they had on your students. Try to limit this to two sentences.

4. End with your objective.

Your conclusion in the personal statement should clearly articulate why you are applying for the teaching position and what you want to accomplish. Share your vision for what you would like to achieve in your next teaching position, possibly touching on learning, teaching styles and strategies.

Tips for writing personal statements for teaching jobs

Consider these tips as you write your teacher personal statement:

Keep your audience in mind

Tweak your personal statement every time you apply for a new position, adjusting the buzzwords to match the job description.

Be specific

Keep your statements short and informative, which will help you keep your personal statement under the recommended 500-word limit.

Edit extensively

After creating your personal statement, walk away and come back to it later. Fresh eyes will make it easier for you to spot any typos or grammatical errors. As you are writing your first draft, allow yourself to write the statement as long as you want. After you have finished and are in the editing process, reduce it until it is between 200 and 500 words.

Be you

Write your personal statement in your own words as though you are talking to a friend. This will help you make the statement sound uniquely you.

Teacher personal statement examples

Use these personal statements for teaching jobs to help you write your own.

New Teacher Example

“I recently graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I would love to apply the skills and knowledge I learned there to your preschool lead teacher role. In addition to my formal education, I have spent the last three years working as a substitute teacher at Young Days Elementary School. This experience has allowed me to interact with and support children with a range of abilities in their lessons and activities, all while teaching me new behavior management strategies. As an enthusiastic teacher, I am dedicated to enabling young minds to grow and achieve. I am confident my experience and teaching style would make me an asset in your school.”

Experienced Teacher Example

“As a teacher with 10 years of experience, I am excited about the opportunity to apply my skills and experience in your high school history teacher role. In addition to my Bachelor of Arts in History, I also have five years of experience teaching history to middle and high school students. What I learned through that experience was that to get kids to remember and understand historical events, I had to make these events come to life. I implemented unorthodox teaching strategies such as filmmaking to get students excited about the subject matter and make it memorable for them. I am passionate about teaching and helping students come to love the act of learning, and I would cherish the opportunity to transform the way your students view history.”

Teacher Training Personal Statement Examples

Our teacher training personal statements below, and top rated example personal statements, will inspire you to write your own unique statement, and help you understand how students have successfully applied for a PGCE course in the past.

I am a fun loving, outgoing, and sociable girl. I love kids and working with them. My calling is to teach children; inside and outside the church. I am currently going to Bakersfield College studying Liberal studies.

I have chosen to apply for a primary teaching degree because I enjoy working with children. I have a strong interest in teaching and the learning process of children. This is been confirmed by my work experience report.

I am one of ten, so you may see why I would like to work with children. I wasn’t always sure as to what profession I would like to join but for the past couple of years it has became apparent that I want to work with children.

I am applying for the listed courses as I have very much enjoyed and found satisfying the experiences I have had working with children in my life so far. I feel that becoming a teacher will fulfil my dream of being able to aid children in learning things as well as assisting the staff that work with me.

I am currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood studies at Birmingham University. It is my ambition to go on to study for a Primary PGCE. I became interested in teaching whilst raising my own children.

I am a hard-working, responsible, friendly girl with a strong passion to pursue a career in primary school teaching. I believe that to become an excellent teacher you must have a desire to assist children in the learning process and this is one quality which I feel I definitely possess.

My ultimate goal is to become a primary school teacher. I have a fondness for children and believe that they can be taught valuable life lessons during their time in primary school in addition to the content of the National Curriculum.

Ever since I can remember I have always held aspirations to become a primary school teacher. Earlier this year I acted on this and am now working as a classroom assistant at Carrick Knowe Primary School on a voluntary basis.

I am applying for these courses because I believe it will help me succeed in my dream to become a teacher. I have always craved teaching and learning, one of my first memories is of me, around the ages of 4 teaching my toys how to count and taking a register, ever since then I have known I wanted to be a teacher and nothing was going to stop me.

I am hard-working, confident and conscientious and have a keen desire to be a primary school teacher. Working every day at an after school club for primary age students has given me excellent experience in this field and confidence in my ability in it.

Education is defined in its broadest sense as any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. This statement has etched an indelible and deeply profound mark on my recent career choices and philosophy.

I am applying to study within the education department because I have a keen interest to work with younger children and pursue a career as a primary school teacher. I believe primary school teachers are extremely important as they support children through their first experience of going to school, giving them their first insight into education.

What is a teacher training personal statement?

The teacher training personal statement is your opportunity to let training providers know about your qualities, skills and expertise, and why you want to teach.

While your application form briefly outlines your qualifications, skills and work experience, your teaching personal statement is where your personality shines through.

Take your time with it, be prepared to receive constructive feedback and write a few drafts before you send it off.

How do I write a good teacher training personal statement?

To help you write a successful teacher training personal statement, we recommend you include:

  • use examples to back everything up, based on your teaching experience so far
  • tailor your personal statement according to the age group you wish to teach
  • write using concise English, using first person terms such as ‘my’ and ‘I’
  • be original and honest – don’t embellish the truth or lie outright
  • avoid clichés and general statements, such as ‘since a young age’ or ‘I’ve always wanted to be a teacher’
  • demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for teaching.

You have up to 4,000 characters to write a memorable opening, middle and conclusion.

Don’t waste your valuable space on writing about things that are already on your UCAS form elsewhere, such as your qualifications.

What should I include in my teacher training personal statement?

When planning out your personal statement, ask yourself what it is your training providers are looking for. Make sure your statement answers the following questions:

  • Why do I want to teach? – show that you know about the challenges and rewards of teaching, and remember that everything has its ups and downs. Maybe talk about any lessons you have observed/taught, what went well and how you would have improved on them. Discuss teaching styles used and the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Why do I want to teach this age group/at this level? – what appeals to you, and what experience do you have teaching these students/children?
  • What are my strengths? – include the relevance of your degree and subject knowledge.
  • What experience do I have? – include any experience you have of volunteering with children, such as teaching a sports team, youth work or working at a summer camp? Give examples of how this helpd develop your teaching skills.
  • What personal skills/abilities do I have? – these might include research, creativity, time management, IT skills, problem solving, managing people, organisational skills, listening skills, leading or working in a team. To strengthen your application, make sure you back everything up with examples.
  • Are there are any location restrictions? – if you don’t currently live in the UK, why do you want to study here? Are you willing to move away from your current home town/city for your degree?

You only have up to 47 lines (4,000 characters including spaces) in which to persuade your chosen initial teacher training (ITT) providers to offer you an interview. The statement must be concise, enthusiastic and sell your potential to be a successful teacher.

For more help and advice on what to write in your teacher training personal statement, please see:

What is a teacher training degree?

Teacher training degrees combine the study of curriculum subjects with learning teaching techniques and putting these into practice during hands-on school placements. The course leads to QTS (qualified teacher status) to enable you to teach in a school or college.

How long is a teacher training course?

To teach in England and Wales you need to gain QTS. You will obtain this on an ITT programme, which could be school or university-based and takes approximately one year to complete.

How do I become a teacher with a degree?

To teach as a qualified teacher in England, you’ll need qualified teacher status (QTS). If you already have a degree, you can complete a postgraduate teacher training course to achieve this. Additionally, you’ll need to have a GCSE at grade C/4 in maths and English, as well as science if you want to teach primary.

Can I train to be a teacher without a degree?

Unfortunately no – you cannot become a teacher without a degree.

But if you are an undergraduate or have a degree in a different subject than what you want to teach, there are options to help you get into a teaching career.

Will I get paid for teacher training?

There are three types of funding available for teacher training – depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  • Tax-free bursary or scholarship.
  • Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan.
  • Extra financial support if you’re a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability.

Further information

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