Guidance - applying for the NQT pool

1. Writing your personal statement

Your personal supporting statement is an opportunity to show your potential to become a good teacher. It should focus on your teaching practice and show evidence that you meet the criteria. It shouldn't be more than 2 sides of A4.

Teachers' Standards

Your application will be partly judged by how well you meet the Teachers' Standards. Make sure you're aware of the standard expected of you as a teacher:

  • set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  • promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  • demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • plan and teach well-structured lessons
  • adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  • make accurate and productive use of assessment
  • manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
  • fulfil wider professional responsibilities

Skills and competencies

You should consider:

  • pay close attention to the Teachers’ Standards as this is the criteria used for NQT Pool applications
  • use examples from your teaching practice to demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards - you should give examples of lessons, pupils, activities and events that demonstrate you have the skills and attributes listed
  • be reflective and analytical
  • you should also mention any particular knowledge, skills or experience (eg languages, music, SEN, sports) that make you an excellent candidate
  • your statement will be an indication of your written communication skills, so spelling, punctuation and grammar are important - don't not rely on spell checker
  • ask someone else to read through your application as a final check to ensure it makes sense and that spelling is accurate

2. Personal details

Please complete all relevant sections and provide an up-to-date email address and a telephone number. Both are required to ensure that we are able to contact you at short notice. Please contact us if your personal details change.

3. References

You'll need to provide 2 references.

It's a good idea to get references from your professional tutor and from the headteacher or a member of the senior leadership team at one of your main placements.

Headteachers will want to see your references before they invite you into their schools, so it is a good idea to let your referees know that they may be contacted so that they can respond quickly when asked.

4. Previous employment

You'll need to list all previous paid employment, including part-time work as a student if you have not been working for very long. You should include details of your teacher placement too as, although it is unpaid, it is relevant to your application.  You should also describe any voluntary or community work you have undertaken that demonstrates skills and experience which you feel is appropriate.

5. Education, qualifications and professional memberships

Please list all training and qualifications including GCSEs, A Levels and degrees.

To be eligible to apply to the NQT Pool you will be working towards a recognised Department for Education teaching qualification leading to Qualified Teacher Status. There are many routes into teaching so please provide details of the course you are currently studying, such as PGCE, BEd, SCITT, etc.

6. Teacher Reference (or DfE) Number

You must include your 7 digit Teacher Reference Number (also known as your DfE number). This number is provided to you by your Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider and would have been given to you when you enrolled on your ITT course to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

7. Research Westminster

Take the time to research Westminster and ensure you are aware of the needs of the young people in our schools.

What is unique about the borough? What are the challenges and opportunities for a teacher in Westminster? How might this impact on your teaching? How will this impact on the young people that you teach? How can you use this information to enhance your application? Consider all these questions when drafting your personal supporting statement.

Learn more about Westminster schools and their pupils


Last updated: 24 October 2016
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