Making a Successful Application

This application could be one of the most important steps you have made in your career so far, so you need to get it right.

Planning and preparing the content of your application is crucial to ensure that you show yourself in the best light, and there are a number of ways you can help yourself:

  1. Choose a ‘critical friend’ or ‘buddy’

    Choose a ‘critical friend’, someone who you trust to give you honest and fair advice about the content of your application. This ‘critical friend’, or ‘buddy’ does not have to be a teaching professional, but they have to know you well so they can help you judge if you are selling yourself in the most effective way possible.

    Look through your application together and scrutinise the points you have made.

    Always ask the same questions:
    Would you offer yourself a trainee place?
    Why not?

  2. Use the Get Into Teaching website for help and advice on preparing your application, references and your personal statement
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