Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (England & Wales) opened for applications on 9th October and we’ve already seen a lot of personal statements at our Careers Express drop-in. If you’re thinking of applying to teacher training to start in 2019 this blog’s for you!
Research all your options
You can use the new DfE search tool to find available options and research which routes would suit you. There are a number of ways to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so take a look at the routes available to you here and decide whether you’d prefer to be predominantly university-based or school-based while you train.
You get to apply to 3 choices in Apply 1 and if unsuccessful you can then apply to available courses one at a time in Apply 2.
With bursaries, scholarships and early career payments available you could receive up to £32,000 to train and teach. For more details of funding options available visit the Get into Teaching website.
You need to speak to your referees and check they’re happy to complete a reference before you apply. Your application won’t go to your provider until the references are complete so a chat with your referee ahead of time will ensure they’re not holding your application up.
If there’s something specific you’d like your referee to include you could politely remind them e.g. If you got school experience and helped at an after school club perhaps mention to the teacher you’ve asked to be your referee that you’ll include that in your statement and it would be useful if they could comment on that too.
This is the main element of your application so spend time on it. Think about why you want to teach, what experiences you’ve had to date, what extracurricular interests you have that might be relevant (drama, sports etc.). Try to engage the reader – they’ll be looking at a lot of personal statements!
One statement needs to cover all your choices, including possibly going through Apply 2 so cover specifics but keep it vague enough to cover all your options.
You can get your statement reviewed at our Careers Express Drop-in, in the Employability Hub, every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10.30 – 12.30
For more advice and tips on what to include in your personal statement have a look at the UCAS guide.
Professional Skills Test
Once you’ve submitted your UCAS application and received your welcome e-mail you’ll be able to book your Professional Skills Test – you can’t book the skills test before submitting a UCAS teacher training application.
Teacher Training at Liverpool Hope University
For more information about Initial Teacher Training here at Hope visit The School of Education webpages