Hello everyone,
Upon request, I am writing this post on the Standard Application Form. I have had interviews, but they have yet to bear fruit. Fingers crossed something will show up for all of us. A few people have asked me to write this post so I hope it satisfies you all.

Tempting as it may be, do not send the exact same application form to 100 different schools. It would appear awfully generic, and it may not stand out enough. Remember to tailor each application to the particular school you are applying to.

If the school requests referee details, then I tend to send them as a separate document, and I send my written references too. I am not sure if you have to do this or not, but I like to err on the side of caution.

Include all your subbing days. It may seem monotonous going back over months worth of work to find the correct dates, but at least it is clear to the board that you have worked said dates.

In the additional qualifications section, list your religious cert, the national induction programme, football coaching certificates or special needs assisting certificates.

In the ‘other relevant, non-accredited courses’ include CPD courses, on-line courses, courses from your local education centre, first aid and so on.

For the areas of special interest, just write the curricular areas you are interested in, the subjects you love to teach and why. Maybe you have an interest in ICT, gardening or music?

How you can contribute to the school ethos: Relate the school ethos section to the school!

I know I research schools before I apply to make sure they are the right schools for me. I know beggars can’t be choosers, but there are certain schools that just stand out, the ones you would love to work in, and they are the ones I apply to. A school website speaks volumes!

Also, if the school asks for proof of teaching council registration, I would scan the document and email it, rather than including the TC number in the SAF. Again, may not be necessary but better safe than sorry. The same goes for teaching practice grades, in my humble opinion.

Lastly, ask someone to read over the form for you! I was going to send an application this evening, and at the last minute I asked my sister to read through it. She did, and she found a mistake! How dreadful!

That’s all for now!
Best of luck to you all!
Valerie xx

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