Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification
I had one forum contributor who wanted to write an executive summary for their application, but wasn't sure where to start when there was no person specification to base it on. What should you do in this case?
You’re right to think of including an executive summary; many heads comment on how it makes shortlisting easier as you show that you meet the criteria for the post. But that’s rather tricky when a school doesn’t actually seem to be very clear itself about what its criteria are!
Not having a person specification shouldn't stop you from doing an executive summary, however. You obviously can't have the first column headed 'Your requirements', as you don’t know what their requirements are.
But you can do a search on the TES Jobs and find a similar post which does have a person specification.
An alternative would be to use the Teachers’ Standards that were introduced in September 2013. This gives criteria such as 'Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils', 'Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils', and 'Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge'.
Here's a nice neat one-page version for you
As it's not their criteria that you are using, change your left-hand header from 'Your requirements' to 'An effective KS2 teacher' (or whatever the job is), and then do the executive summary based on either the other person specification that you found, or the Teachers’ Standards.
As for the writing of the accompanying letter of application or supporting statement, you could also base that on the Teachers’ Standards.
Alternatively, if you are a NQT, you could do something more akin to a general personal statement or philosophy of education.
The school website and any paperwork they made available to applicants will also give you more info about the schools' values and challenges.
Blank E.S. Pro-forma for job applications