How to write your teaching personal statement


Teaching Personal Statements

What is a teaching personal statement?

A teaching personal statement is your chance to explain why you want to be a teacher. It lets you outline your relevant experience, education, and the transferrable skills you’ll bring to the classroom. It is an important part to the process of applying to teacher education and you should give yourself time to get it right.

UCAS Teaching Personal Statement

Your statement is the biggest part of the UCAS application process for becoming a teacher, and is the part you should spend the most time on. Try to make sure that you aren’t repeating things that have gone elsewhere in your application. All statements are different and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through, but the main themes you want to include are:

  • Why you want to be a teacher 
  • What you understand the role of a teacher to be
  • What your teaching experience or your relevant experience with young people has taught you
  • Proof that you have the skills needed for the classroom
  • That you understand the Scottish education system
  • That you understand the Curriculum for Excellence
"I’m originally from Dublin, but moved to Scotland to work in a primary school four years ago. At St David’s I work in a promoted post as a Development Officer. I’m a member of the management team and I’m also developing play-based learning. I would encourage anyone to teach here – there’s so many great opportunities."Aoife Lambert – Primary Teacher at St David's RC Primary School

How to write your personal statement

Your personal statement can be up to 4,000 characters long, around 1,000 words. It might sound a lot, but it may be less than you think, so it is important to be concise and not use convoluted language. But it is also vital that you give yourself plenty of time to write it, and try to write multiple drafts to give yourself every chance of getting it right.

You need to outline why your skills are relevant to a classroom environment. Talk about any classroom experience you have. Talk about lessons you’ve observed and what it taught you about your own teaching practice. Talk about other relevant experiences you have with young people. Discuss the transferable skills you have from previous roles/education and how they relate to teaching.

Write it in Microsoft Word first and make sure you thoroughly proof-read it as the grammar and spelling need to be impeccable. If possible, get someone else to read it over for you. Don’t use different formatting such as bold or italic text, and ensure it is 100% your own work.

The process of uploading your statement can be time consuming and it can sometimes count the amount of text slightly differently to Microsoft Word. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time to upload the statement to avoid a last minute panic!

"I wanted to be a teacher from a young age. I knew I could help young people to better themselves and felt my work would have purpose. As a Business and ICT teacher, I cover a variety of subjects including Business Management, Administration, IT and Tourism. I teach pupils to be enterprising and develop practical skills for creating and running businesses while acquiring ICT skills."Mary Osei-Oppong – Business Education and ICT Teacher at Brannock High School
Mary Osei-Oppong