Your personal statement

Theres a single application for all of your choices and this includes a personal statement.

This is your opportunity to let your chosen training providers know about your qualities, skills and expertise and why you want to be a teacher.

You can only make one personal statement for all the choices you make in both Apply 1 and Apply 2. You can’t change it or do different ones for University or school-based choices.

The providers you’re applying to understand this, so they won’t be expecting you to say specific things about them or their programmes. However, if you’re applying for programmes in a particular subject or age group, it would be helpful to explain why you have chosen them and the skills and attributes you have that make them appropriate for you. 

What to include

You do need to think carefully about the things that all your chosen providers will want to know about you. You’ll probably want to include things like:

  • your reasons for wanting to teach
  • evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching
  • details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it
  • experience of teaching such as visits to schools, classroom observation or working as a teaching assistant
  • any other work with young people such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team
  • the range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team and communication skills.
  • any reasons why there may be restrictions on your geographical mobility
  • why you want to study in the UK if you don’t currently live here
  • whether you’ve taken part in the School Experience Programme (SEP) or Primary Experience Programme (PEP) organised by the National College of School Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency)

These are the things all training providers want to know whether they’re School Direct, a university or a SCITT so there’s no need to worry that you can’t write different personal statements. 

How to write it

You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces). Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there’s a discrepancy between the counts.

  • Write in English (or Welsh if you’re applying to Welsh providers) and avoid italics, bold or underlining.
  • Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you’re happy with it.
  • It’s a good idea to write your statement first then copy and paste it into your application. 

Don’t copy

Don’t copy anyone else’s personal statement or from statements posted on the internet. Make sure your personal statement is all your own work. 

We screen all personal statements across our Copycatch similarity detection system. If we find any similarity, your application will be flagged; you and all your choices will receive an email alert and this could have serious consequences for your application.