Writing your personal statement
It is important that the personal statement section of your application is relevant and effective. Before submitting your application produce a draft copy of your personal statement and ask an adviser to check through it. For PGCE, School Direct and SCITT applications, the personal statement section allows you to enter 47 lines of text (about 4000 characters). Blank lines and other invisible formatting are included in this line/character count. To ensure you keep within the line limit and permitted number of characters we recommend that you use Verdana, font size 11 and copy your text onto Notepad, or other simple text editing software, before pasting it into the application form. Find out more information about what admissions tutors are looking for.
Your application cannot be processed unless both references have been received, so it is really important that you have spoken to your referees and made them aware of the process. There is useful information for them about the reference process on UCAS website. One reference must be from someone at university who can comment on your academic ability and potential, preferably your academic tutor. Make sure you check with your tutor that they are happy to act as a referee, and allow enough time for them to write your reference - don't leave submitting your application until the last minute and then expect your referee to be able to produce a reference immediately. The other reference can be from someone who knows you from work or who can comment on your character and your potential as a teacher. You must not use family members, friends, partners or ex-partners as referees.
Applying for Teach First
Find out about the application process for Teach First at their website Recruitment is done on a rolling basis from the summer, with some subjects filling up early on. The final deadline for 2017/18 will be in March 2017 and recruitment will begin for the following year around June.