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Preparing Your Application

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You have only limited space for your Personal Statement so it is important that you mention all the key information necessary to make a good first impression. It is vital you are concise and do not repeat information that you may have included elsewhere in the application.

Think about the skills and qualities needed to be an effective teacher and how your own experiences have helped you to develop these. Use examples from your degree and recent work experience.

There is a lot of useful information on how to write an effective personal statement on the UCAS website


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Background Reading

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong level of knowledge about the National Curriculum and to be able to discuss current issues affecting teaching.

Read the Times Educational Supplement or the the Guardian Education Supplement to keep up to date with changes in government policy and education.

Brush up on you academic writing skills if you haven't been in higher education recently - the Cambridge PGCE is a Masters level course. The Good Writing Guide for Education Students(SAGE Study Skills Series) by Dominic Wyse is a good place to start if you need a little extra help.


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