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Personal statement for PGCE primary

This is your chance to explain why you want to teach primary age children and convey your enthusiasm for teaching

This example should be used for guidance only. Copying any of this text could significantly harm your chances of securing a place on a course.

Example personal statement for PGCE primary

In my early education, reading and writing were a challenge. At age nine I received a diagnosis of dyslexia bringing with it extra support from the school. This gave me a real determination to overcome my disability. It drove me to study hard, achieve high GCSE and A-level grades and go on to achieve a 2:1 in criminology at the University of England. Although this is not a national curriculum subject, working through and coping with my dyslexia at university helped me nurture my own love of learning. I aim to emulate the support provided to me to ensure that no child is left behind in their learning due to barriers they may experience. I believe that being dyslexic will give me a unique insight into the support requirements of dyslexic children but I am aware that children face many other personal, social and emotional challenges alongside learning disabilities. Recognising these barriers and helping each child to have the confidence to succeed is one goal I hope to achieve as a teacher.

I began spending one day a week, then two days a week in a primary school, which has strengthened my love of learning. I spent time in both Key Stage 1 and 2 classrooms and have so far completed 40 days in a school. I observed lessons such as English, maths, Spanish, science and art, listened to pupils read, and went on to work with small groups. I started to grasp lesson planning and discuss with teachers' current educational issues, such as the changing curriculum. I was able to observe how different teachers handle classroom and behaviour management, particularly picking up on the importance of maintaining an assertive yet sympathetic style. This all shapes my classroom practice to become more effective, for example seeing someone moving up a reading band as a result of the extra time I gave to them. Recently I saw a child making good decisions with their behaviour as a result of the plans we made together. I am gaining experience currently with a year three class of 30 children, working with them one-to-one, in groups and leading the whole class. Learning to think on my feet numerous times a day is challenging but rewarding, especially when I receive positive feedback on my lessons.

For the past two years I have been a volunteer leader with my local Cub Scout group, consisting of 30 boys and girls aged between eight and ten years. This encompasses weekly meetings, trips and overnight camps. During camps, along with the other leaders, I am responsible for the children's physical and emotional wellbeing. I need many of the skills I have seen in the classroom to be an excellent leader. A highlight was being able to use my craft and sewing skills to instigate and lead a mural making project with the completed mural now proudly displayed in the scout hut. Resilience, good judgement, enthusiasm, energy, patience, creativity, responsibility, leadership, reliability and stamina are all essential. Being a volunteer leader has helped me grow my confidence, leadership and communication skills, which I look forward to bringing into the classroom.

Through my studies, work experience and volunteering, I have received and given feedback. I know how essential it is to provide constructive feedback that will help the recipient learn and develop rather than become demoralised. I have witnessed teachers providing meaningful and specific feedback to pupils and how this raises their self-esteem. I have learned from this and practised it in my own interactions with children, with positive results.

I wish to specialise in working with Key Stages 1 and 2 as I feel it is demanding but hugely rewarding to work with children at this vital formative period in their educational development. I am aware that the children within each class could be at vastly different levels in relation to their abilities.. Being able to confidently ascertain their levels and differentiate the work accordingly is something that I know I will need to master.

I achieved high grades in law, biology and statistics at A-level. I believe these subjects have provided me with a broad knowledge base to enable me to teach the full primary national curriculum. Even though I didn’t study any design-related subjects at college, I do consider myself a creative person so would relish the chance to teach subjects such as art, music and drama alongside the core subjects of English, maths and science.

My criminology degree provided me with many relevant skills including data analysis, essay writing, critical analysis and research. I also developed the ability to work to a deadline under pressure, both independently and in groups, something I feel is directly relevant to teaching. Learning about the social inequalities in society alongside modules on safeguarding have provided me with a deeper insight into the affect these things can have, not only on a child but also the family and wider community. 

During my degree I undertook a one-month work placement with a homeless charity. I was tasked with trying to find valuable work experience to boost the self-esteem and self-worth of the individuals. This was a humbling and eye-opening experience. I met some truly amazing people both within the charity and among the service users. The many knock backs I received from companies helped to build my resilience and determination culminating in successfully finding an organisation that was willing to offer experience and training in the catering industry.

I believe that schools should be a safe and welcoming environment where children feel comfortable to express themselves, which in turn will aid their ability and willingness to learn. I hope that I will one day be able to provide this to all the children I teach.

Tailor your statement to primary teaching and include:

  • Why you'd like to teach this age group.
  • Elements from your degree that have helped to prepare you to become a primary school teacher.
  • Skills you have developed and where you gained them, such as communication, patience, resilience and planning.
  • Any examples you have working with the age group you wish to teach. This could be classroom based as well as through play schemes, youth groups and summer camps.
  • Any specialist training such as safeguarding, first aid or mentoring.
  • How your own educational background has influenced your desire to teach.
  • Your understanding of the primary national curriculum.
  • Your thoughts on children's wellbeing within the education system.

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How to write your teacher training personal statement

Your teacher training personal statement should express why you'd make a great teacher and spell out your experiences, qualities and skills. We've got the inside track from Admissions Tutors on how to go about writing a good teacher training personal statement, what to do and what not to overlook...

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Let's start with a look at when to apply for teacher training. Places on teacher training courses are filled on a first come first serve basis. This is due to two factors. Firstly, the Department for Education set the maximum number of trainees on some courses. But the thing that really limits the number of places available is ensuring that there are enough school placements for all trainees. Training providers can only recruit up to a number that is manageable in terms of providing the trainees with the placement experiences they need.

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Places for the most popular subjects tend to go early, for example, Physical Education (PE), Primary and Psychology. Shortage subjects such as Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics don’t fill up so fast.

The route you are taking into teaching may also influence when you apply. School Direct is run by the schools themselves and they can only take as many trainees as they can train within their schools. They may only have the one place available for your chosen subject and once those placements are gone, they’re gone. Universities tend to have larger and wider networks of partner schools which provide school placements. This gives them more options for finding school placements so they may have places available for longer. Unlike School Direct you don’t get to choose exactly which school you go to, though they’ll try to match your school placements to your preferences as much as possible. If you apply late you run the risk that all the placements are gone.

So, you want to apply as soon as you can, with a brilliant personal statement that reflects who you are and why you want to become a teacher. So, what does that look like?

Your teacher training personal statement broadly needs to convey four things:

  • Your passion for wanting to become a teacher and commitment to the profession.
  • Your reasons for wanting to teach your chosen subject.
  • The skills and experience that you’ll bring to the role of teacher.
  • Your awareness of the realities of what lies ahead - it’s a challenging but rewarding role so you need to be realistic about this and be aware of some of the hot topics facing the sector.

Kate Brimacombe, Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Teacher Education Partnership at Plymouth Marjon University, explains what she is looking for in a teacher training personal statement:

“It's really lovely to get something that's individual and firstly I want to see that passion for wanting to work with children. You absolutely can get that across - it comes off the page.

“It can’t feel half-hearted, it needs to feel committed. If independence, motivation, and self-reliance don’t sing off the page, then that's an error in a sense. You need to get your personality into the written word, I’m looking for that fire that says ‘this is absolutely what I want to do’. One common mistake is being too short so that it doesn’t get that passion across. The lack of content and desire are the main reasons I don't shortlist candidates.”

You must convey why you want to teach your subject. What is your expertise? Why do you love it? What are the challenges facing teachers of your subject? Why do you want to teach this? Think about the age group you’ll be teaching and discuss why you want to teach them. What relevant experience do you have? How does your experience to date influence your thinking?

Ultimately, you’ve got to inspire others to love your subject, so be clear about how your own relationship to it is going to enable this.

The ingredients of a convincing teacher training personal statement are:

  • Passion for teaching. Express your drive and fire on the page.
  • Be individual. Stand out in a positive light; one tip here is not to waste characters on quotes, they don’t say anything about you.
  • Convey your desire to work with children. Explain where this comes from.
  • Prove it. Include the things you have actively done, what you’ve learnt from real life experiences in schools and/or working with children, and what you got out of it.
  • Demonstrate the qualities of a teacher. Point out your commitment, empathy, independence, innovation, motivation, patience, self-reliance, and tip-top organisation skills.
  • Depth. Don’t cut it too short, you’re allowed up to 4000 characters which is around 600-700 words, so write until you’re thereabouts, and then edit it so that it reads even better.

In addition, for a strong personal statement you’ll want to demonstrate some awareness of the national curriculum for your subject and then highlight how your subject knowledge maps to it.

Back to Kate for another crucial tip: “The other big thing is that we’re checking the accuracy of your spelling and grammar, it must be correct if you’re going to be a teacher. To be fair, we don't get a lot of mistakes because I think people understand that expectations around written and verbal communication are high in teaching.”

Some aspiring teachers know they want to teach but are uncertain on the age group or subject. For example, maybe you love sport and are keen to be a secondary PE teacher, but you also enjoy working with younger children at sports clubs so you’re feeling split. In this scenario, try to settle this before you apply but if you can’t then write honestly about the situation and take extra care to ensure that neither option comes across being the fallback one that you’re not really committed to.

The magic ingredient: Examples from your own experience

There's no one way to structure your teacher training personal statement but be sure to back up every point you make with evidence. A great way to do this is give real life examples of what you actually did, and what you learned from it. It’s not enough to just list your work experience, you need to explain what you learned and how this experience will help you as a teacher.

You don’t need school experience to apply for a teaching course, though it helps. But if you don’t have school experience then you at least need some transferable skills, so any other experience of working with children is valid here, things like helping with sports teams and youth clubs are valid too. Use your examples to demonstrate the skills you’d bring to the role of teacher.

You could also refer to a teacher who made a difference to you at school, or who influenced your love of working with children and helping them to learn.

By discussing examples, you can also demonstrate that you are realistic about the role, in that is challenging as well as rewarding. For example, you might discuss a session you observed or taught, reflecting on what went well, how you adapted to the situation and how you would improve on it.

This is how to make effective use of real life examples, according to Julie Stevens, course leader for PGCE Secondary Education at Plymouth Marjon University: “I want to read about how you’ve helped a pupil to make progress. What did you change? How did you recognise they weren’t learning? What did you adapt to help them understand? Maybe you modelled it or talked it through? How did the child respond? You might talk for example about why a child was messing around or why a seating chart was put together in a certain way. It’s really encouraging when a candidate offers insights into teaching and that sense of self-reflection”.

You can talk about that examples that demonstrate transferable skills. For example, maybe you had to be resilient to get your Duke of Edinburgh award, maybe you’re a leader on the sports field or maybe you’re a dedicated musician with the music exams to prove it?

In addition, the way you talk about children is really important, the training provider needs to know that you see them as individuals and that you want to help them become independent thinkers. Back to Julie again for more about this: “I want to see candidates who talk about children as individuals and how you can help them make the best progress they can. Helping young people to make decisions for themselves and become independent learners, so that they take responsibility for their own success is essential for adulthood.

"It’s great when someone can talk about innovative things, like how to use social media for good outcomes. Anything like that is powerful because it means they understand our role as educators – we aren’t just filling them with knowledge, we're trying to get children and young people to understand how to develop themselves.”

Get your referee geared up

References really do matter. Julie and Kate report that in practice most of barriers to shortlisting a candidate come not from the personal statement, but from references that are too short. They’ve seen references as short as three lines and that doesn’t tell them enough about you and your suitability for a career in teaching. You could be an impressive candidate, but you can’t be offered a place until your reference checks out.

If you’re applying for undergraduate teacher training through UCAS then one reference is required. If you’re applying for postgraduate teacher training then you’ll need two references. If you’re at university, or have been within the past five years, then one reference must be from someone at your university. The other reference can be from someone who knows you from work, and if you’re applying for School Direct then one of your references must come from your current employer.

A good reference says good things about you and backs up some of qualities and skills you’ve outlined in your personal statement. Your referee needs to talk about your character and why they think you could be a great teacher. The training provider is looking for insight; a different perspective on you, and hopefully one that that verifies the impressions they’re taking from your statement.

You can do a lot to make sure your reference is on point. First ask your referees if they are willing to be your referee and if they think you’ve got the potential to be a good teacher. Next you need to arm them with all the arguments as to why you’ll be a good teacher, they probably don’t know everything you do. Ideally they would read your personal statement so that they can write a reference that complements it.

If applicable, ask your referee to comment on your academic abilities, including your predicted grades. If possible, go through the reference with your referee as you might see something they’ve missed. If so, ask if they are willing to add it, it’s up to them but you can suggest things.

A good teacher training personal statement shows passion and love for teaching, as well as that you’ve done some research and that you’re dedicated to teaching career. Show your personality; show them the teacher you could be. @marjonuni

Back to Kate for closing advice: “Speak with honesty and speak from the heart. I’m looking for passion. I'm looking for somebody I think the has the potential. Then when you come to interview, I already know that you have that passion and so you just need to add the shine to that and tell us more about it in-person, one to one. In that way your teacher training personal statement is the stepping stone into the interview, if it does its job then we’ll be excited to find out more about you”.

You’ve got this. Follow the advice above and you’ll have a brilliant teacher training personal statement in the bag. The next step will be your teacher training interview, so why not check out our articles on how to ace your teacher training interview and teacher training interview questions .

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How to write a great personal statement for a teaching job.

Vinny Potter

7 Feb 2024, 16:23

Discover our top tips on what to include in your personal statement for a teaching job and how to present your skills, knowledge, experience and attributes.

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Your personal statement is the heart of your application for work as an early career teacher and should be tailored for each role. For teaching applications this is sometimes also called a letter of application, but it is essentially the same thing. This is your opportunity to provide evidence of how you match the needs of the specific teaching job you are applying for, and earn yourself an invitation to the next stage, which is likely to be a selection day held at the school.

Writing tips for personal statements

See our example personal statement for primary school teaching, below. Imagine it was written in response to the following job advert:

We are advertising for a Year 3 Classroom Teacher. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Committed to our school and our values
  • Experience across a range of age groups
  • Committed to reflection and improving practice
  • Knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • Excellent lesson planning
  • Knowledge of assessment
  • Good knowledge of SEND and positive interventions
  • Positive approach to provide challenge and support student success
  • Excellent behaviour management
  • Good communication skills with parents
  • Enthusiastic and creative approach to lessons
  • Willing to contribute to the wider life of the school.

See our personal statement for secondary school teaching, below. Imagine it was written in response to the following job advert:

Country High School are advertising for an enthusiastic Secondary PE Teacher. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to adapt and tailor your approach for the differing needs of pupils
  • Knowledge of the National Curriculum for your subject
  • Knowledge of a wide range of sports
  • Willing to engage in extra curricular activities and the wider life of the school
  • Experience of supporting high ability students, as well as those who may be less able or motivated
  • Ability to use data effectively
  • Teach across all ability levels including SEND
  • Ability to use Technology to enhance learning.

When completing a personal statement for a teaching job, you should typically observe the following guidelines:

  • Do not write a generic statement. Instead use the person specification and job advert for the vacancy as a structure for your statement or consider using the government's Teachers' Standards if no person specification is provided.
  • Do not exceed two sides of A4, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Tailor your statement for each new application according to the nature of the school or LA and the advertised role.
  • Always read any guidance provided – many schools and LAs will tell you how they want this section set out.
  • Emphasise your individual strengths in relation to the role.
  • For a pool application, make sure you give a good overview of your skills and experience.
  • It is essential that you give specific examples of what you have done to back up your claims.

Primary school personal statement

Examples of a personal statements for a primary school teaching job.

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See our example of a personal statement for a secondary school teaching job.

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What you should cover in your personal statement

When schools advertise graduate teaching jobs , they write a job description which states the essential attributes they are looking for. This is their marking criteria for the job. When they read your statement, they will usually score this based on their essential and desirable criteria. Therefore, you need to read their documents carefully to find the criteria and provide an example or evidence of each point. If the job advert does not include any documents which include their criteria, then you can use the following structure for your statement and use the Teachers’ Standards as a guide for the criteria they may be looking for.

Why you are applying for the role:

  • Refer to any knowledge you have of the LA or the school, including any visits to the school and what you learned from them.
  • Show you would be a good fit for the school. The best way to do this is to look at the school’s values and give an example of how you match these.
  • Mention any special circumstances (for example, your religious faith) which you think are relevant.

Details about your course:

  • Give an overview of your training course - including the age range and subjects covered - and any special features.
  • If you are a PGCE student, mention your first degree, your dissertation (if appropriate), any classroom-based research projects and relevant modules studied. Also mention if you have studied any masters modules.

Your teaching experience:

  • What year groups you have taught.
  • What subjects you have covered.
  • Your use and understanding of formative and summative assessment practices.

Your classroom management strategies:

  • Give examples of how you planned and delivered lessons and evaluated learning outcomes, including differentiation, scaffolding etc.
  • Explain how you have managed classrooms and behaviour.
  • Detail your experience of working with assistants or parents in your class.

Your visions and beliefs about primary/secondary education:

  • What are your beliefs about learning and your visions for the future? You could touch on areas such as learning and teaching styles and strategies.
  • Reflect on key policies relevant to the age range you want to teach.

Other related experience:

  • This can include information about any previous work experience.
  • Include training activities you have carried out and ways in which your subject knowledge has been developed.

Other related skills and interests:

  • Give details of any particular competencies, experiences or leisure interests. This will help the school to know more about you as a person and could ‘add value’ in a school environment.
  • Any involvement in working with children (running clubs, youth work and summer camps) is particularly useful to include.

Aim to end on a positive note. A conclusion which displays your enthusiasm in relation to the specific application and teaching in general will enhance your application - but avoid general statements and clichés.

Written by Vinny Potter, St Marys University, Twickenham, July 2023

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PERSONAL STATEMENT EXAMPLE BA for Primary Education (QTS) Personal Statement

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The role of a teacher demands a hardworking, assiduous and empathetic character. Teachers must be able to handle long work days, vast workloads and a diverse range of social issues that may arise during their career. However, having the ability to enable a child to further make sense of the world around them gives me such a profound sense of pride that I would be more than willing to withstand the challenges that come with being a teacher.

I had the pleasure of completing two weeks of work experience at my old primary school, St Christopher's, whereby I shadowed a past teacher of mine. He gave me the opportunity to present one of the English lessons independently, where I was required to manage classroom behaviour and lead focus group work to ensure the material was understood. Through this experience I learnt how to correctly support students of all abilities, as well as the necessity of patience and a constructive approach to the criticism of work. This I find will be integral to assisting me on my chosen course as I will already have prior knowledge and experience of the role. I loved that no two days were ever the same, as this constantly kept me on my toes. On a personal level, despite the many obstacles that undoubtedly materialise, overseeing the educational, social and emotional development of a child is an incomparable feeling. The importance of assisting a child to become a morally upstanding member of society is paramount to me.

During my time at sixth form, I dedicated my spare hours to the maths and English departments and had the opportunity to assist lower school lessons. This was an invaluable experience as it opened my eyes to the reality of challenging classroom behaviour. I observed how the teachers responded to such behaviour and maintained classroom control. I also offered a free tutoring service during free periods in order to get some hands on experience in delivering material to a student and helping them to understand it. I discovered over time that teaching extends further than merely delivering a session, it focuses on the broader subject of developing young minds.

Outside of the classroom, I played an active role in my school community. I had the pleasure of being executive head girl for two years, an achievement of which I am immensely proud. I helped to cast and direct school plays, organise charity events and promote the values of the school. In addition, I volunteered at acorns charity shop for a year as I had a few spare evenings a week and I am always eager to give back to my local community.

Combined with my direct experience of the role itself, I also had the pleasure of working part time as an Activities assistant at Sunrise Senior Living. This role was not only immensely personally gratifying, but allowed me to utilise my interpersonal, communicative and leadership skills. I was entrusted to take on management roles, whereby I would lead classes such as art, poetry and exercise. Much like teaching, however, the role did not come without its challenges. There was a considerable amount of paperwork and meetings that went unseen. I also worked with people with challenging behaviour as a result of dementia. It should therefore follow that a great deal of safeguarding was in place to maintain the dignity and protection of these vulnerable individuals.

I believe that a teacher must be flexible above all. We do not learn in exactly the same way and in order to enable each child to reach their full potential a teacher must be able to look at the same scenario in a variety of ways. Throughout my various experiences of teaching, I have learned that a keen desire to be reflective is essential. If I fail to learn from past mistakes as well as successes I cannot create or amend my material to comply with the child's needs. Teaching to me is the foundation that which produces an open-minded, intellectual and moral society. We should never stop questioning and challenging the world around us.

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How to write a teacher personal statement

Your personal statement is your first opportunity to show the school you’re a great fit for the job, and gets you closer to being shortlisted for an interview. The more you show how your skills and interests match the school’s ethos and values, the better. We’ve spoken to a range of teachers to get their top tips for success.

What experience do you have?

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Set yourself apart by showing how your hobbies and achievements could contribute to the wider school community. Could you run an after school club or organise school trips?

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Teaching philosophy is grounded in one’s beliefs, core values , and views on teaching , learning , and action plan for educators . Whether you adhere to a single approach or adapt over time, understanding diverse perspectives on teaching philosophy is invaluable. This article explores various teaching philosophies, offering insights into how different educators approach their practice, and highlighting the importance of reflecting on and articulating one’s own teaching philosophy. By examining these different views, teachers can gain a broader understanding of effective teaching strategies and the underlying principles that guide them.

What is Teaching Philosophy?

A teaching philosophy statement in simple terms is principle-based mainly on how a person views teaching. Teaching philosophy statements are written documents that describe  personal values , professional values, personal beliefs, and personal and professional views. This is regarding both teaching and learning.

Teaching Philosophy Statement Examples

1. student-centered learning.

“I believe that education should be student-centered, focusing on each student’s unique learning style and strengths. My goal is to create a classroom environment where students feel valued and motivated to engage deeply with the material.”

2. Active Learning

“My teaching philosophy is rooted in active learning. I strive to create interactive lessons that encourage students to participate, ask questions, and collaborate with their peers. This approach helps students develop critical thinking skills and retain information more effectively.”

3. Inclusive Education

“I am committed to creating an inclusive classroom where all students feel welcome and supported. I use diverse teaching strategies to accommodate different learning needs and ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.”

4. Growth Mindset

“I believe in fostering a growth mindset in my students. I encourage them to view challenges as opportunities for growth and to persist in the face of difficulties. By promoting a positive attitude towards learning, I help students build resilience and confidence.”

5. Real-World Connections

“My teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of connecting classroom learning to real-world experiences. I incorporate practical examples and hands-on activities to help students see the relevance of what they are learning and apply it to their lives.”

6. Collaborative Learning

“I believe that learning is a social process. I create a collaborative classroom environment where students work together on projects, share ideas, and learn from each other. This approach not only enhances their understanding but also develops their communication and teamwork skills.”

7. Critical Thinking

“My goal as a teacher is to develop my students’ critical thinking skills. I encourage them to question assumptions, analyze information, and consider multiple perspectives. By fostering a critical mindset, I prepare students to become thoughtful and informed citizens.”

8. Reflective Practice

“I believe that reflection is a key component of learning. I regularly ask my students to reflect on their learning experiences, set goals, and identify areas for improvement. This practice helps them take ownership of their education and become self-directed learners.”

9. Technology Integration

“I integrate technology into my teaching to enhance student learning and engagement. I use a variety of digital tools and resources to create interactive lessons, provide immediate feedback, and facilitate collaboration. Technology also allows me to differentiate instruction and meet the diverse needs of my students.”

10. Culturally Responsive Teaching

“I am dedicated to culturally responsive teaching. I incorporate diverse perspectives into my curriculum and create a classroom environment that respects and values cultural differences. By doing so, I help students develop a deeper understanding of the world and prepare them to thrive in a multicultural society.”

11. Hands-On Learning

“I believe in the power of hands-on learning. I design lessons that involve experiments, projects, and real-life applications to make learning more engaging and meaningful. This approach helps students develop practical skills and a deeper understanding of the subject matter.”

12. Lifelong Learning

“I aim to instill a love of learning in my students. I encourage curiosity, exploration, and a willingness to take risks. By modeling a passion for learning myself, I inspire students to become lifelong learners who continuously seek knowledge and personal growth.”

13. Supportive Environment

“My teaching philosophy centers on creating a supportive and nurturing classroom environment. I build strong relationships with my students, provide emotional support, and create a safe space where they feel comfortable taking risks and expressing themselves.”

14. Interdisciplinary Approach

“I believe in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. I connect concepts from different subjects to help students see the interconnectedness of knowledge. This approach not only broadens their understanding but also encourages them to think critically and creatively.”

15. Assessment for Learning

“I use assessment as a tool for learning rather than just a measure of performance. I provide regular, formative feedback to help students understand their progress and identify areas for improvement. This approach encourages a growth mindset and helps students take charge of their learning.

Teaching Philosophy Examples for Elementary

Example 1: student-centered learning.

My teaching philosophy centers around the belief that each child is unique and learns in their own way. I strive to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, valued, and empowered to explore their interests and strengths. By incorporating hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and individualized instruction, I aim to foster a love of learning and encourage critical thinking. I believe in the importance of building strong relationships with my students and their families to support their educational journey and help them reach their full potential.

Example 2: Holistic Development

I believe in nurturing the whole child, focusing not only on academic growth but also on social, emotional, and physical development. My classroom is a place where children learn to respect themselves and others, develop resilience, and become responsible citizens. I integrate social-emotional learning into my curriculum and provide opportunities for students to practice empathy, cooperation, and problem-solving skills. By creating a supportive and inclusive classroom community, I aim to help students develop a strong sense of self and a lifelong love of learning.

Example 3: Inquiry-Based Learning

My teaching philosophy is grounded in the principles of inquiry-based learning. I encourage students to ask questions, explore, and engage with the material in a meaningful way. By designing lessons that are open-ended and student-driven, I aim to cultivate curiosity and a deeper understanding of the subject matter. I believe that when students are active participants in their learning, they develop critical thinking skills and a sense of ownership over their education. My goal is to create a classroom where students feel confident to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them.

Example 4: Inclusive Education

I believe that every child deserves an education that meets their individual needs and respects their unique background and experiences. My teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of inclusive education, where all students, regardless of their abilities or differences, are welcomed and supported. I use differentiated instruction, assistive technology, and collaborative teaching strategies to ensure that every student can access the curriculum and achieve success. By fostering a culture of acceptance and diversity, I aim to help students develop a positive self-image and an appreciation for the differences in others.

Example 5: Constructivist Approach

I subscribe to a constructivist approach to teaching, where students build their own understanding and knowledge through experiences and reflections. I see my role as a facilitator, guiding students as they construct meaning and make connections between new information and their prior knowledge. My classroom is a dynamic environment where students are encouraged to experiment, discuss, and collaborate. Through project-based learning and real-world applications, I aim to make learning relevant and engaging, helping students to see the value and purpose of their education.

Example 6: Growth Mindset

My teaching philosophy is inspired by the concept of a growth mindset, the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. I strive to instill this mindset in my students by creating a positive and encouraging classroom atmosphere. I celebrate effort, perseverance, and improvement, and I help students understand that mistakes are an essential part of the learning process. By setting high expectations and providing the support needed to meet them, I aim to help students develop resilience, confidence, and a lifelong love of learning.

Example 1: Holistic Development

Philosophy Statement: I believe that education should foster the holistic development of students, addressing their intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical growth. My teaching aims to create a supportive and nurturing environment where students can develop critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and a strong sense of ethics.

Implementation:

  • Integrated Curriculum: I design my curriculum to include elements that promote not just academic learning but also personal growth, such as ethical discussions, emotional regulation strategies, and social skills development.
  • Mentorship: I view my role as a mentor who guides students not just academically but also in their personal development, offering advice and support on a range of issues.
  • Community Engagement: I incorporate service-learning projects that encourage students to engage with and contribute to their communities, fostering a sense of social responsibility and ethical awareness.

Example 2: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Philosophy Statement: I believe that culturally responsive teaching is essential in today’s diverse educational landscape. My goal is to create an inclusive learning environment that respects and values the diverse cultural backgrounds of my students, integrating their experiences and perspectives into the learning process.

  • Diverse Content: I include diverse voices and perspectives in my curriculum, ensuring that students see themselves reflected in the course material and learn about cultures different from their own.
  • Inclusive Pedagogy: I use teaching methods that are inclusive and adaptable to different cultural contexts, such as storytelling, collaborative learning, and culturally relevant examples.
  • Student Voice: I encourage students to share their cultural experiences and perspectives in class discussions and assignments, fostering a richer and more inclusive learning environment.

Example 3: Research-Driven Instruction

Philosophy Statement: I believe that integrating research into the teaching process enhances learning by encouraging students to engage deeply with the subject matter and develop critical thinking skills. My approach emphasizes the importance of research and evidence-based learning.

  • Research Projects: I design assignments that require students to conduct their own research, analyze data, and present their findings. This helps them develop essential skills in inquiry and analysis.
  • Evidence-Based Teaching: I base my teaching strategies on current educational research, continuously updating my methods to incorporate the latest findings in pedagogy.
  • Research Mentorship: I mentor students in their research projects, providing guidance and support throughout the research process, from formulating questions to presenting results.

Example 4: Lifelong Learning and Adaptability

Philosophy Statement: I believe that education should prepare students for lifelong learning and adaptability in an ever-changing world. My teaching philosophy focuses on equipping students with the skills and mindset needed to continuously learn, adapt, and thrive in their personal and professional lives.

  • Skill Development: I emphasize the development of transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication that students can apply in various contexts.
  • Adaptability: I incorporate flexible and adaptive learning activities that encourage students to embrace change and uncertainty, preparing them for the dynamic nature of the modern world.
  • Continuous Improvement: I model a commitment to lifelong learning by continuously seeking professional development opportunities and staying current with advancements in my field.

Example 5: Reflective Practice

Philosophy Statement: I believe that reflective practice is key to effective learning and teaching. By encouraging students to reflect on their experiences and learning processes, I help them develop self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the material.

  • Reflective Assignments: I include assignments that require students to reflect on their learning experiences, such as reflective journals, self-assessments, and reflective essays.
  • Feedback Loops: I provide regular, constructive feedback and encourage students to reflect on this feedback and use it to improve their performance.
  • Metacognitive Strategies: I teach metacognitive strategies that help students become more aware of their learning processes and develop skills to monitor and regulate their own learning.

Example 6: Problem-Based Learning

Philosophy Statement: I believe that problem-based learning (PBL) is an effective way to engage students and develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. By presenting students with real-world problems, I encourage them to apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways.

  • Real-World Problems: I design course activities and assignments around real-world problems that are relevant to the course content, encouraging students to apply what they have learned in practical contexts.
  • Collaborative Learning: I use group work and collaborative projects as a key component of PBL, helping students learn to work effectively with others and leverage diverse perspectives.
  • Facilitative Teaching: I take on the role of a facilitator, guiding students through the problem-solving process and providing support and resources as needed, rather than simply delivering information.

Teaching Philosophy Examples for Higher Education

Teaching philosophy examples for high school, example 1: growth mindset and resilience.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe that fostering a growth mindset is crucial for students’ academic and personal development. In my classroom, I emphasize the value of effort, perseverance, and learning from mistakes. I create a supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks and view challenges as opportunities to grow. By modeling resilience and a positive attitude towards learning, I help students build the confidence and grit necessary to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Example 2: Real-World Connections

Education should connect students to the real world, making learning relevant and meaningful. I design my lessons to bridge the gap between classroom concepts and real-life applications. Through project-based learning, community involvement, and interdisciplinary approaches, I aim to show students the practical significance of their studies. This approach not only enhances engagement but also helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for their future careers and everyday lives.

Example 3: Collaborative Learning

Collaboration is a key component of effective learning. I believe that students learn best when they work together, share ideas, and support each other’s growth. In my classroom, I encourage group activities, peer tutoring, and cooperative projects. By fostering a collaborative learning environment, I help students develop communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. This not only enhances their academic performance but also prepares them for success in a collaborative world.

Example 4: Individualized Instruction

Every student is unique, with their own strengths, interests, and learning needs. My teaching philosophy revolves around individualized instruction, where I tailor my teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of my students. By using formative assessments, differentiated instruction, and personalized feedback, I ensure that each student receives the support and challenge they need to thrive. My goal is to help every student reach their full potential and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Example 5: Integrating Arts and Creativity

Creativity and the arts play a vital role in education, enhancing students’ cognitive abilities and emotional well-being. I integrate arts and creative activities into my teaching to make learning more engaging and enjoyable. Whether through visual arts, music, drama, or creative writing, I encourage students to express themselves and explore their creativity. This approach not only enriches their learning experience but also helps them develop critical thinking, empathy, and a deeper appreciation for the world around them.

Teaching Philosophy Essay

Fostering a Growth Mindset

Central to my teaching philosophy is the concept of a growth mindset, as advocated by psychologist Carol Dweck. I believe that intelligence and abilities are not fixed traits but can be developed through dedication and hard work. This perspective is essential in encouraging students to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, and view effort as a pathway to mastery. To nurture a growth mindset, I emphasize the importance of effort, strategy, and progress over innate ability. I provide constructive feedback that focuses on specific strategies and behaviors, rather than labeling students’ abilities, and celebrate improvements and perseverance alongside achievements.

Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Classroom Environment

An inclusive and supportive classroom environment is vital for student engagement and success. I am committed to creating a space where all students feel valued, respected, and empowered to express their ideas and perspectives. This involves recognizing and addressing diverse learning needs, backgrounds, and experiences. I employ differentiated instruction strategies to cater to varied learning styles and provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression. By fostering a culture of mutual respect and collaboration, I encourage students to learn from one another and develop a sense of community and belonging.

Integrating Real-World Applications

Connecting classroom learning to real-world applications is crucial in making education relevant and meaningful. I strive to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical experience by incorporating real-life examples, case studies, and problem-solving activities into my lessons. This approach not only enhances students’ understanding and retention of concepts but also equips them with critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for their future endeavors. By demonstrating the practical implications of academic content, I aim to inspire students to see the value and relevance of their education beyond the classroom.

Reflective Practice and Continuous Improvement

As an educator, I am committed to reflective practice and continuous improvement. I regularly assess and refine my teaching methods based on feedback from students, colleagues, and self-reflection. I stay informed about current educational research and best practices and seek professional development opportunities to enhance my skills and knowledge. By modeling a commitment to lifelong learning, I aim to inspire my students to adopt a similar mindset.

In conclusion, my teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that every student has the potential to succeed when provided with a supportive, inclusive, and engaging learning environment. By fostering a growth mindset, creating a sense of community, integrating real-world applications, and continuously reflecting on and improving my practice, I strive to empower my students to become confident, curious, and capable learners. Education is not merely about imparting knowledge but about inspiring a lifelong love of learning and equipping students with the skills and mindset needed to navigate and contribute to an ever-changing world.

How to Write a Teaching Philosophy?

1. reflect on your beliefs about teaching and learning.

Consider what you believe about:

  • The purpose of education.
  • How students learn best.
  • The role of a teacher in the learning process.
  • The most important outcomes of education.

2. Identify Your Teaching Methods

Think about the strategies and techniques you use or plan to use:

  • How do you engage students?
  • How do you assess student understanding and progress?
  • What instructional methods do you prefer (e.g., lectures, group work, hands-on activities)?

3. Provide Examples

Use specific examples to illustrate your teaching methods and beliefs:

  • Describe a successful lesson or activity.
  • Share anecdotes or experiences that highlight your approach.
  • Explain how you’ve adapted to meet the needs of diverse learners.

4. Discuss Your Goals for Students

What do you hope students gain from your teaching?

  • Critical thinking skills .
  • Subject-specific knowledge.
  • Lifelong learning habits.

5. Explain How You Assess and Reflect on Your Teaching

How do you measure your effectiveness as a teacher?

  • Student feedback.
  • Self-reflection.
  • Professional development activities.

6. Keep It Personal and Specific

Your teaching philosophy should reflect your unique approach and experiences. Avoid generic statements; instead, focus on what makes your teaching style distinctive.

7. Structure Your Statement

A well-organized teaching philosophy might include:

  • Introduction : Brief overview of your teaching beliefs.
  • Body : Detailed description of your teaching methods, goals, and examples.
  • Conclusion : Summary of your teaching philosophy and its implications for your future practice.

8. Revise and Edit

  • Ensure clarity and coherence.
  • Seek feedback from colleagues or mentors.
  • Revise for conciseness and impact.

Why teaching Philosophy is Important?

A teaching philosophy is important for several reasons, serving as a foundational element for educators. Here are key reasons why it’s important:

1. Clarifies Your Teaching Approach

  • Articulates Beliefs : It helps you articulate your beliefs about education, learning, and teaching.
  • Defines Methods : It clarifies the methods and strategies you use in the classroom.

2. Guides Professional Development

  • Reflection : Writing a teaching philosophy encourages self-reflection on your teaching practices and experiences.
  • Improvement : It highlights areas for professional growth and improvement.

3. Enhances Communication

  • Transparency : It provides transparency to students, colleagues, and administrators about your approach to teaching.
  • Expectations : It sets clear expectations for your students about what they can expect from you as an educator.

4. Supports Career Advancement

  • Job Applications : A well-crafted teaching philosophy is often required in job applications for teaching positions.
  • Promotion and Tenure : It can be a critical component of promotion and tenure dossiers in academic settings.

5. Improves Student Learning

  • Consistency : A teaching philosophy helps maintain consistency in teaching practices, which can improve student learning outcomes.
  • Alignment : It ensures that your teaching methods are aligned with your educational goals and objectives.

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What is a teaching philosophy?

A teaching philosophy is a reflective statement outlining an educator’s beliefs, values, and practices about teaching and learning.

Why is a teaching philosophy important?

It guides instructional strategies, shapes classroom environment, and communicates teaching values to students and colleagues.

How do I start writing a teaching philosophy?

Reflect on your teaching beliefs, methods, and goals. Begin with a clear introduction stating your educational principles.

What should be included in a teaching philosophy?

How long should a teaching philosophy be.

Typically, a teaching philosophy is 1-2 pages long, concisely covering key points.

How does a teaching philosophy benefit students?

It provides a consistent, thoughtful approach to teaching, enhancing student learning and engagement.

Can a teaching philosophy change over time?

Yes, it evolves with new experiences, reflections, and educational advancements.

Should I include specific examples in my teaching philosophy?

Yes, concrete examples illustrate your teaching practices and philosophy in action.

How often should I revise my teaching philosophy?

Revisit and update it annually or when significant teaching experiences occur.

Where can I use my teaching philosophy?

Use it in job applications, tenure dossiers, and as a reflective tool for continuous improvement.

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Teacher training personal statement example (primary pgce) 2.

I am one of ten, so you may see why I would like to work with children. I wasn't always sure as to what profession I would like to join but for the past couple of years it has became apparent that I want to work with children. This was mainly influenced by a new addition to my family, my nephew.

For the past year I have helped develop his skills and encouraged him to learn new things. I truly value the sense of achievement gained in teaching new skills to children and I wish to continue to do so, and this is therefore one of the main reasons for wanting to join a teaching course for key stages 1 and 2.

Discovering my love for helping and supporting others I chose to broaden my knowledge of the teaching experience by completing two work experience placements within a primary school environment. For two weeks I shadowed various teaching staff, observing their teaching techniques and the ways in which they support the children.

I found each day a new challenge as new faces, new personalities were emerging which brought various obstacles my way as different methods of teaching were needed. The most enjoyable aspect of this work environment is that no day is ever the same. -New lessons, new people. It was exciting to know I had the opportunity to assist in someone's learning, gaining satisfaction from seeing the new skill acquired.

This particular experience, working within a primary school environment, allowed me to acquire a number of skills and also help enhance my weaker ones. I have always acknowledged the fact that I can be a very good listener and a good communicator which is an important quality needed. I found that my communication ability improved as I got to know students which encouraged my confidence to escalate.

I am able to work well independently and can also work very well as part as a team, which became obvious to me during my stay at my placement. I have also demonstrated this throughout the majority of my school experience, for example, when playing team sports, such as Netball, Rounders, Badminton, Athletics, etc.

During my school experience I have embarked on a number of activities which exhibit my more positive qualities that I have thoroughly developed within the past few years. Such activities include helping out at events such as Open Days, Parents' Evenings, Welcome Club, etc. In doing so, I have shown I am a polite, mature, organized and committed young adult.

I am currently a School Prefect and buddy, working closely with the years 7, 8 and 9 students. My role is to represent the school in a positive and professional manner. I believe I do this well as I portray an enthusiastic, responsible and reliable image. In order for me to have been considered to be a Prefect or a buddy I needed to have the essential qualities for that particular role.

Such qualities needed are congruence, resilience and assertiveness. These specific qualities, I believe, have been made evident to my teaching staff as a result of the community work in school I have taken part in. I have accomplished my British Red Cross basic First Aid certificate which I completed at school. I have also achieved my Food Hygiene, Business Dynamics and Junior Sports Leadership Certificates.

I am very much looking forward to expanding my practical and theoretical knowledge by attending university. In pursuing a degree in teaching, I seek to advance my knowledge of educational studies and improve my personal skills. I ask you to give me the opportunity to further my education as I know I have the commitment, the patience and the persistence to succeed.

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constructive criticism please =] and thankyou very much for your comments and thankyou in advance =] =] I am applying for the following universities: Gloustershire, Manchester Metropollian, Wocester, Winchester and Wolverhampton

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You made some good points, but obvioulsy thought they were so good you needed to repeat them, two or times over. Otherwise impressive :]

interesting and good but

Thu, 06/11/2008 - 18:06

interesting and good but should have mentioned your out of education skills. in otherwards what interests you apart from teaching.

Wed, 19/11/2008 - 17:35

This personal statement is very analytical and you have covered crucial points to enable you a place on a teaching course..well done and good luck!

Helped thank you

Fri, 21/11/2008 - 19:18

Helped me to write my personal statement as my shool did very little to show me what i was actually meant to do!! Thank you!! =]

This is the best statement i

Thu, 26/03/2009 - 16:37

This is the best statement i have read and have used this to help me. thanks.

this is good but like some

Wed, 13/05/2009 - 14:37

this is good but like some others said a little repetitive but go you for trying!!

Thu, 15/10/2009 - 07:22

This personal statement is really good and maybe i'll use some of the things in it that i applies to me

why is it so hard to write a

Fri, 22/01/2010 - 12:04

why is it so hard to write a personal statement??

very long, repetitive, and

Thu, 18/02/2010 - 17:39

very long, repetitive, and grammer and spelling needs checking. otherwise okay

I wouldn't give you a place

Fri, 17/09/2010 - 09:44

I wouldn't give you a place if it was upto me, sorry but how far up yourself can you be? Do you only go to school? There is nothing about outside of school.

Thu, 23/09/2010 - 11:24

i think this is very good thanks dudealicous

thanks babe

this is an excellent personal

Thu, 14/10/2010 - 21:39

this is an excellent personal statement you realy know what you are talking about, I am applying for the same thing so i hope alongside you i get a place in the uni's i am opting for. x

People are saying this is too

Thu, 21/10/2010 - 17:53

People are saying this is too long, but its not! you are actually under! its 4000 characters and this is one 3 and half. Its a given me a good insight to how it has been done! Thanks!

very good and helpful

Wed, 17/11/2010 - 12:44

very good and helpful just 1 question 1 0f 10 wtf? r ur parents rabbits

Thu, 29/09/2011 - 11:55

this is such a good personal statement and really helped me with mine- thankyou! :)

Did Wolverhampton give you a

Thu, 13/10/2011 - 14:38

Did Wolverhampton give you a place?

wow! what an amazing

Tue, 10/01/2012 - 18:58

wow! what an amazing statement! definitely given me inspiration to re-write mine x

Very good! I'm currently

Sat, 22/09/2012 - 15:45

Very good! I'm currently writing mine (well, trying to write it) so yours helped me A LOT! Thanks!x

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