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Sample 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.

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