The below blog is intended to support you in the ‘why’ of filming your own personal statement to present to UK school leaders.
If you would prefer to skip to the video demonstration, scroll to the bottom of this page. The video is of Phoebe Smith, a 5 years experienced Australian trained primary school teacher who moved to the UK to expand her teaching career.
Why would it benefit me to film a personal statement?
Filming your personal statement is an important step when applying for and standing out from the crowd when securing a teaching role. It should be personal, engaging and most importantly authentic to you! Best way to be authentic? Put yourself on camera! As your personal statement is about you, its important to use it to showcase your personality, experience, achievements and future ambition. Schools want to get to know you and why you would be an asset to their school environment.
As education is a competitive industry its important to stand out and put your personality out there to prospective Headteachers. From our own research, we know that senior school leaders much prefer to see someone physically or on film over being presented with 100’s of CV applications to sift through and trying to match who would be a good fit from a piece of paper.
What will I get asked?
1) Please provide a summary of your professional background, qualifications and experience.
2) Why have you chosen to live and teach in the UK? OR If based in the UK, what type of long term opportunity are you looking for?
3) What are two strengths you can bring to a role/school?