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Prepare your personal statement with our interactive tool


This tool is designed to help you create a draft version of your personal statement for your teacher training application form, which you'll need to submit through the UCAS Teacher Training Application System. It features useful tips on what information to include, and how to appeal to teacher training providers.

The personal statement section of the UCAS form has a character limit of 4,000, spread over up to 47 lines (including blank spaces and line breaks).

This means you have a limited space to make a big impression. So to help you make the most of your statement, this tool breaks it up into four key areas that you'll need to cover:

  • What makes you want to get into teaching
  • Why will you enjoy working with young people
  • Why you will enjoy teaching your subject
  • What you have to offer to teaching, other than specialist subject knowledge

We'll provide a running total of how many characters you've used. Please note that this is intended as a rough guide and may not exactly match the character calculation of the UCAS Teacher Training form.

Once you get to the end, you can email yourself your completed draft; if you need to, you can also go back and amend your answers by using the 'Previous' button.

Please be aware that using your browser's 'back' button will result in an error and your submission will be lost.

We recommend that you thoroughly review and spellcheck your statement before applying. Bear in mind that, once it's been submitted to UCAS, you won't be able to edit your statement – even if you make further applications beyond the Apply 1 phase to different training providers.