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Personal Statement For Behaviour Support Worker


 

 

You have one shot at securing yourself an interview – to convince the panel of:

• What you have done in the past
• What you are doing in your current role that is useful to them
• Your developing skill set
• Your vision for the future
• How your strengths and skills can add value to the new school
• How your experiences to date can be used in the new context

Use the format given in the application pack, follow their instructions, address all your evidence to their person specification and mirror their language when possible. They have indicated how they want you to respond and what they are looking for – address it clearly and coherently.

General advice:

• Carry out the instructions to the detail
• No more than 2-3 pages
• Spell check
• Ask someone else to re-read and check for errors – fresh eyes can often see better
• Do not reduce your font size below 10
• Break up with lots of paragraphs to make it easier to read
• Do your research on the school before you start writing read website, Ofsted, data, visit school, research into sponsor, trustees or governors

Consider a 3 part statement:

1. Opening
2. Evidence
3. Conclusion

Opening

State why you are applying for the role and what your current role is:

• Natural progression from current role
• Strengths and experience can add value in this role
• Ethos / vision / current circumstances attract you
• Refer to any research, visit or telephone discussion you may have made, mentioning anything of importance you may have noticed or what has impressed you

You need to grab the panel’s attention and encourage them to read more.

Evidence

You can be asked to:

1. Address the person specification
2. Address the National Standards
3. Write a statement about your vision and how you can add value to the role

Structure your evidence clearly. Outline the initiative, your role and the impact you have had in your current role. Also refer to experience in previous roles if that adds value to your case for securing an interview.

Choose examples of evidence carefully to express a range of skills and experiences expressed in the person specification - e.g. innovation in curriculum development, learning and teaching initiatives you have led on, mentoring and coaching, people development, whole-school impact, community involvement, strategic overview, accountability, monitoring, evaluation and review, contact with parents/ other schools/ governors, experience of budgeting and resource management.

Include examples that will encompass a number of the identified criteria and your impact - e.g. A section from a Headteacher’s person specification, indicating where each criteria will be assessed.

Leading learning and teachingEssentialApplicationInterview
1. Ensure a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on pupil’s achievement, using data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every child’s learningEX 
2. Establish a creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching, including new technologiesEX 
3. Demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole school communityEXX
4. Implement strategies which secure high standards of behaviour and attendanceEX 
5. Determine, organise and implement a diverse, flexible curriculum and implement an effective assessment framework.EXX
6. Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies.EXX

 

Be clear, concise and direct, indicating how you have led, developed and worked through others, managed change, taken initiative and made a significant impact. Your listeners will appreciate that you work as part of a team but you must tease out your individual role and impact as clearly as possible.

Some useful phrases:

• I set up
• I devised
• I collaborated with
• I delivered
• I adapted
• I sought feedback from a range of stakeholders
• I monitored
• I evaluated

I believe this demonstrates tenacity / perseverance/ ability to work under pressure/ distributed leadership/ coaching / negotiation skills / ability to take initiative / the ability to hold others accountable

Try to make connections with the post you are applying for where you can see your skills and experience fitting with their objectives for the role and vision for the school.

What has your research told you about the school’s needs, priorities and plans?

How you can contribute and add value to these priorities will intrigue the panel and leave them wanting to hear more.

Help them to see how you can fit into the team and bring possible solutions and ideas to identified issues. People want a clear picture of how you have tackled similar problems in the past and what successes you had

Be prepared to discuss everything you have mentioned in detail at interview with your hard and soft evidence of impact at your fingertips, i.e.
Hard evidence – results, statistics, external commendations from LA / Ofsted, CVA
Soft evidence – attitude, culture, confidence, behaviour, attendance, independence

Conclusion

Finish your statement on a positive, concluding note, expressing your personal philosophy and vision and a desire to elaborate on how you believe you will move their school forward.

A useful preparatory device - a leadership and management grid

Before you sit down to write the final version of your supporting statement, a useful device to ensure you address all areas of the person specification, is to slot the person specification criteria into a grid, indicating your evidence and your impact.

This exercise should clarify your thoughts, help you to consider what impact you have made, and gather any facts and figures to prove it. Ensure you give evidence for your impact, both hard and soft. By clearly matching your experience and evidence of impact to the person specification you make it harder for panels not to shortlist.

Example leadership and management grid:

CriteriaYour evidenceYour impact
Proven ability to set and achieve targets by being consistently focused on achieving high educational standards.  
Clear vision and the ability to formulate and deliver a strategy  
Commitment to manage and develop further high performance teams.  
Commitment to maintaining the partnership between governors, staff, parents and pupils.  
Delegation of responsibility with accountability.  

 

Self-evaluation

Ask yourself?

1. Does my application present me as a candidate who really wants to work in this school or as someone simply looking for a new job?
2. Does my application look like a cut and paste job or would the governors be convinced that I have really researched their school and thought about how I could add value?
3. Have I discussed my key achievements?
4. Have I outlined my key strengths and illustrated them with evidence and impact?
5. Have I been clear about the personal impact I have made over the years?
6. Have I used example of evidence that they will find useful for their context?
7. Do I sound as though I’ve actually thought about their needs and what solutions I can bring?
8. Do I sound as though I actually want this job, more than any other?

Leadership job search

• Use Hays' job search engine to find educational leadership jobs.
• Speak to a recruitment expert at your local Hays office.

Social Work Personal Statement

I am a people’s person. I am passionately interesting in listening to people’s problem and finding strategies to help solve them. In everyday life people go through difficulties that make life impossible to them to live. There is a saying that says a service is only as good as the person who delivered the service. I want to be that person who delivered a good service to people who needs it. Through studding subject like psychology, sociology and abnormal psychology I can satisfy my interest in some of the problem that effect people and how society influence people action or behaviour especially abnormal psychology that looks at the way people are charactised in society , what possible behaviour they need to show to get professional help. In society people in various stages of life are facing different problems like abuse, disabilities and mental illness that live in residential home or with their family sometimes struggles to get the right facilities or treatment they deserve as I am currently enjoying my access course it had developed my curiosity therefore I feel it is an excellent preparation to further my studies in university and become a social worker. Currently I am a parent and a support worker for learning disability ,some of my responsibility are ;maintaining individual privacy and confidentially ,supporting them to cope with their daily life , organise daily activities, encouraging them to make quality decision that will enable them to gain more privacy within their home , supporting them to college which helps them develop new skills/improve their skills , communicate effectively with other professional when needed. I was a care assistant for three month assisting elderly people in a residential home in South Wigston, Leicester was also a primary teacher for kids 5-6years in West Africa, Sierra Leone, Freetown taught subject like maths English, Art and Craft, Sport, Rhythms, and Religious education. During those periods some of my responsibilities were setting targets and goals to achieve and complete academic syllabus, organising school trips, preparing note of lesson and make sure that aims and objectives of the lesson are met. However the job can be difficult sometime but because I find my job very interesting and i love every minute of it, so I know it requires commitment and patient on my part. It had also made me discovered my personality and ability which had made me more determine to face challenging situation in work and towards academic life/work

Presently in my access class o was elected as a class representative after given a speech to convince the class that I am capable of the post .However my ethnic origin and cultural awareness had allow me to be very sociably and interactive. I am interested in reading real life stories about children who had been abused by their families or someone outside their family. I go to the gym and church to release some stress however I enjoy the opportunity to make new friends, interacting with people from different background and level in life as it is a different environment. I enjoy socialising with people so much so that when I went to college I became a class representative.

As an applicant I am very respectful, opened minded and non judgmental therefore I believed in equal opportunity and always ready to challenge any unfair discrimination highly motivated, enthusiastic and persuasive towards education especially towards this particular subject as it my dream profession.

Comments

General Comments:

The main problem with this statement is the fact that it does not demonstrate that the author is applying for a professional course, and doesn't show their understanding of the role and how they are suitable for it. Some of the comments need to be more detailed/focused on social work, and it would be good to have an idea of what field the author would like to work in.

Comments on the statement:



I am a people’s person. - this is a very cheesy way to start a personal statement. You can demonstrate this throughout the PS, you don't need to explicitly state it. I am passionately interesting in listening to people’s problem and finding strategies to help solve them. In everyday life people go through difficulties that make life impossible to them to live. There is a saying that says a service is only as good as the person who delivered the service. I want to be that person who delivered a good service to people who needs it. - try to avoid lists of statements. Expand on them and make them into a flowing paragraph. Through studding - watch out for spelling mistakes - subject like psychology, sociology and abnormal psychology I can satisfy my interest in some of the problems that effect people and how society influences people's action or behaviour especially abnormal psychology that looks at the way people are charactised in society , what possible behaviour they need to show to get professional help. - this should be a separate sentence. In society people in various stages of life are facing different problems like abuse, disabilities and mental illness that live in residential home or with their family sometimes struggles to get the right facilities or treatment they deserve as I am currently enjoying my access course - the two parts of this sentence don't link together, it should be split into two.it had developed my curiosity therefore I feel it is an excellent preparation to further my studies in university and become a social worker. Currently I am a parent and a support worker for learning disability - there is a word missed out here - ,some of my responsibility are ;maintaining individual privacy and confidentially ,supporting them to cope with their daily life , organise daily activities, encouraging them to make quality decision that will enable them to gain more privacy within their home , supporting them to college which helps them develop new skills/improve their skills , communicate effectively with other professional when needed - here it sounds like you are copying and pasting your job description. Put each point into your own words and use examples, analyse and reflect on them, don't just make a general statement.. I was a care assistant for three month assisting elderly people in a residential home in South Wigston, Leicester - this information isn't necessary and is a waste of precious space - was also a primary teacher for kids 5-6years in West Africa, Sierra Leone, Freetown taught subject like maths English, Art and Craft, Sport, Rhythms, and Religious education. During those periods some of my responsibilities were setting targets and goals to achieve and complete academic syllabus, organising school trips, preparing note of lesson and make sure that aims and objectives of the lesson are met. However the job can be difficult sometime but because I find my job very interesting and i love every minute of it, so I know it requires commitment and patient on my part. It had also made me discovered my personality and ability which had made me more determine to face challenging situation in work and towards academic life/work - what challenging situations? Remember that studying social work isn't an academic course, it's vocational, giving a professional qualification.

Presently in my access class o was elected as a class representative after given a speech to convince - a better word here would be showthe class that I am capable of the post . However my ethnic origin and cultural awareness had allow me to be very sociably and interactive.- if you leave this in, you need to expand on it because it is not relevant as it is I am interested in reading real life stories about children who had been abused by their families or someone outside their family - why? Can you give any examples?. I go to the gym and church to release some stress however I enjoy the opportunity to make new friends, interacting with people from different background and level in life as it is a different environment. I enjoy socialising with people so much so that when I went to college I became a class representative.

As an applicant I am very respectful, opened minded and non judgmental therefore I believed in equal opportunity and always ready to challenge any unfair discrimination - an example would be good here - highly motivated, enthusiastic and persuasive towards education especially towards this particular subject as it my dream profession.


Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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