Stephen Petty

My personal statement about miserly admissions tutors

Helping students who want to apply to university to write their personal statements is becoming a tortuous process – because admissions tutors are so scathing about virtually anything they write

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We are in personal statement season again – that circuitous period in the year when many of our Year 13 students devote the best part of autumn and early winter to writing and then repeatedly rewriting their 47-line pitch for a place at university.

Why is it seemingly becoming an ever more tortuous and time-consuming process, not just for the students but for everyone else sucked into it – teachers, form tutors, parents? I blame many of those over-venerated university admissions tutors and their countless, well-publicised “Do and Don’t” decrees. While much of that online advice is plainly ...

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