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would anybody like to help me write a short statement for my application form?

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giraffeski Tue 22-Jul-08 22:08:42

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Ellbell Tue 22-Jul-08 22:13:20

I'm here... can you post it on here, or do you want to email it? Bit reluctant to give email address as it's a work one, and my CAT subscription has run out.

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Ellbell Tue 22-Jul-08 22:19:01

How many words?

Can you post what you've written already? It's easier to work with what you've said, iykwim; otherwise it'll sound as if someone else wrote it.

Anyway, crikey, you have loads of relevant experience so should be easy (honest!).

ScottishMummy Tue 22-Jul-08 22:20:04

i am enthusiastic and committed to applying for Course title as i have an genuine interested in course

i am able to organise and plan my time in order to meet the study and self directed commitments of this course

i believe studying this course will enhance my personal and career development, by offering me an opportunity to meet with other students and lecturers and participate in lectures and seminars.

pad out with specifics
look at prospectus for tips

do you want to use this as progression to other courses

good luck

what course is it

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Slouchy Tue 22-Jul-08 22:37:05

OK. I'm a Ta at the mo.See what I can do.

After spending a number of years in and around schools, I have been inspired to become a TA. During this time I have been involved in education in both formal and informal situations, as well as gaining valuable experience when raising my own children, now aged x and y.I have found my involvement in XX school to be extremely rewarding and feel the time is now right to take my interest to a more formal level.

How's that for starters?

Bundle Tue 22-Jul-08 22:37:38

school gov- what specific responsibilities or projects have you overseen? things like financial/administrative responsibilities

helping in school - specifics of what you did, who with, shows commitment, also any courses/informal workshops you might have had to enable you to do these. aware of policies/procedures you have to follow to work in school? how you can adapt knowledge to specific practical situations. if you have been in this environment - show you know about Early Years education - mention some of the categories used, maybe something about targeting children with specific needs?

when i was on management ctee for nursery i was involved in recruitment - were you?

toddler group - health and safety, child protection, etc.

any use?

Bundle Tue 22-Jul-08 22:38:53

also - if there is list of skills/competencies for the job, tick them off once you've included them in your application- put the most impt ones first (they prob will have too)

Kizzipoppet Tue 22-Jul-08 22:39:26

Hi - have I got this right, that you are applying for a Teaching Assistant Course? If so, see below some suggestions.....

As I have been a stay at home parent for the last years, I have a wide range of experience and knowledge in developmental stages through the various ages of children.

Having organised and run a toddler group, I am well accustomed to communnicating with parents and children, being organised and planning and working to a structured sessions.

I am aware of birth to 3 matters, along with Key stage 1,2 and 3. I am interested in learning about all types of children's learning requirements, including specialist areas including dyspraxia, autism, dyslexia and special needs.

I really enjoy the participation of being school Governor and school volunteer. I have a continued interest in education and am looking forward to learning about being a Teaching Assistant.

I am fully commited to the ongoing issues and challenges within education, and see the opportunity of being on this course as the next stage to help me train as a Teaching Assistant.

I belive that with my background, interest and experience that I will have a lot to offer within the classroom over the next few years.

Bundle Tue 22-Jul-08 22:40:07

put SAHM lower down, definitely

Littlefish Tue 22-Jul-08 22:44:22

Is any of this any good?

During the past 8 years I have been resposible for running the (name) toddler group. This has involved working with a group of local parents to ensure that the opportunities we offered were suitable for children of different ages and developmental stages.

This role has also called on my ability to observe children and note their interests. Each week, I try to include activities which build on previous experiences and interests as I recognise that children learn most effectively when they are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning.

I have helped the toddler group to develop appropriate policies on positive behaviour, healthy eating etc.

For the last 4 years, I have volunteered in Mrs xxxx class. Initially I (washed paint pots, heard readers, did the filing etc....). As my confidence and experience have grown, I have enjoyed supporting small groups of children with both literacy and numeracy. I am now keen to build on these skills and take on greater responsibility.

I have a long history of involvement with the school. I have been a school governor for x years and have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to support the school and gain a greater insight into the policy making on a whole school basis.

Littlefish Tue 22-Jul-08 22:45:45

Ooooh yes, definitely put something in about safeguarding/child protection and confidentiality (particularly as you are an existing parent)

Littlefish Tue 22-Jul-08 22:46:26

Also, say that you would be keen to undertake any additional training which they feel is appropriate.

Ellbell Tue 22-Jul-08 22:46:53

OK... how about something along the lines of:

I believe that I am well-prepared to undertake this course, as is borne out by my recent experiences of working with children in a voluntary capacity. I have found the experience of bringing up my own children both rewarding and stimulating, and I relish the opportunity to extend and develop the skills which I have learned as a parent within the more formal framework of the classroom.

Since [date] I have been actively involved in running the XXX toddler group. This has given me valuable experience in an Early-Years setting, where I have developed organisational and planning skills [I'm guessing here... you'll have to adapt a bit] as well as gaining hands-on experience of working with young children.

I have also been actively engaged in voluntary work in XXX School since [date]. This work has involved [whatever... hearing children read, etc.]. This has given me a great deal of relevant experience. I have first-hand knowledge of the classroom dynamic [and you could add, if relevant, '(particularly of Foundation Stage/KS1/KS2)' or, if you've worked in a range of classes, 'at a range of Key Stages'], and am very well aware of what the role of a Teaching Assistant involves and of how, as a TA, I would work with children alongside a class teacher. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work with children in school, and I would relish the opportunity to develop my skills further and to take on a role of greater responsibility within the school.

Since [date], I have also been a [parent?] governor of XXX School. I have learnt a great deal from this experience about the way in which schools are managed and about what their main priorities and challenges are. I am aware of the role of the School Development Plan [Is that right? Am trying to remember the jargon. The PANDA is dead isn't it? shock and of current issues such as [add whatever you think is relevant or what your school has been discussing...e.g. the Healthy Schools Initiative or the Every Child Matters agenda].

All this relevant experience makes me very confident that the [name of course] will provide me with the ideal stepping-stone to a career which I will enjoy and to which I will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and skill.

Ellbell Tue 22-Jul-08 22:52:08

OK... posted quickly because I didn't want you to think I'd disappeared. Will read it through now....

Bundle's ideas on specifics of governor roles (any smaller committees you've been on or special responsibilities) and mentioning Health and Safety and Child Protection are really good.

Kizzi's idea of communicating with parents as well as children is also important. Also idea of working well with others.

In fact, everything in Kizzi and Littlefish's posts sounds good... except perhaps the bit about being a SAHM giving you experience of different stages. WOHMs do notice that sort of thing too! wink [chippy WOHM emoticon] smile

Littlefish Tue 22-Jul-08 22:52:11

Very good Ellbell.

Ellbell Tue 22-Jul-08 23:06:09

TMMJ... have you gone?

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Ellbell Tue 22-Jul-08 23:23:21

Good luck! I am going to be here for a while - waiting for bread to finish cooking while finishing some work, so will keep this window open in case you want to post final version. In any case, loads to think about here. Hope it goes well. My old next-door neighbour (only moved across the road, so still see her regularly) is doing a TA course atm and loving it.

Ellbell Wed 23-Jul-08 10:54:24

Have you sent it TMMJ?

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