Filling in the Application Form

Filling in the application form

Do not make ANY mistakes. You run the risk of your application being discarded early on if there are glaring errors. If there are 35 applicants for the job why should yours be shortlisted if you couldn’t bother to take the time to check it through properly? It shows a careless attitude and a lack of attention to detail.

As soon as you have finished the application print it off. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to check it through properly. If there is someone else who can have a look at it hand it to them.

Nowadays most schools have electronic copies of their forms. Please use an electronic version. It might set off alarm bells that you are not particularly computer literate if it is handwritten.

If there is a section for you to include your interests make sure that you write something in. Ideally these might be things that will support your application, such as being a county netballer or a grade 8 pianist; but whatever they are (within reason) they will make you seem a more rounded person. They are also likely to provoke some areas for discussion at interview.

Your referees

It is likely that the school will ask for two referees. Most NQTs put their course leader at university and the head/training manager of their current school. If it is an NQT job you are applying for make sure that any referees you give are from your trainee teaching experience. Do not give referees which are from previous jobs. Make sure that at least one of your referees is from one of your training schools. Finally make sure that you ask them in advance if they are prepared to act as your referee

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