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A brief guide to preparing responses to key selection criteria for employment in government schools.

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Selection criteria responses

  1. 1. Selection Criteria responses The good, the bad and the ugly
  2. 2. Objectives• To provide you with advice, skills and resources for advancing your career in (or out of) education• This session will enable you to structure responses to key selection criteria, giving you the best chance to be short-listed for interview
  3. 3. The job application processCareer planning and sourcing jobs• Personal strengths and attributes; print media and online; networkingApplying for suitable jobs• Cover letter, CV, selection criteriaSecuring the right job• 1st and 2nd Interview, try-out, testing
  4. 4. Applying for suitable jobs Purpose: To get short-listed for interviewWhat Objective PerspectiveCover letter Demonstrate you can write, spell, Personal voice, sense research the school, structure a of self coherent and compelling argumentCV (resume) Detail your relevant skills, knowledge Legal document, and experience. Meet the job objective and requirements verifiableKey selection criteria Express your role-specific views Theory and clearly, provide discussion points for philosophy, backed up interview with evidence of past behaviour
  5. 5. Career planning• Consider these factors: – What am I good at? – What do I enjoy most? – What feedback do I get from others? – What has my career progression been so far? – Where do I want to be in 5 – 10 years’ time? – What do I need (to do/have/be) to get there? – What environment will support the above factors?
  6. 6. Knowing your brand Lifestyle Hopes, dreams and aspirations ImaginationLiberty Innovationregained Simplicity Passion
  7. 7. What are you known for?
  8. 8. Applying for jobs: The KSC• Key Selection Criteria (KSC) are designed to assess: – Content of teaching and learning – Teaching practice – Assessment and reporting of student learning – Interaction with the school community – Professional requirements
  9. 9. Responding to KSC• 1 page per criterion• Use paragraphs and bullet points• 1st paragraph: Re-phrase the criterion and interpret the theory and its importance• Main paragraphs: Outline 2 ways in which you have demonstrated the behaviour/knowledge: situation – action - outcome• Final paragraph: How you will apply this
  10. 10. Selection Criteria example“Demonstrate an understanding of how studentslearn, effective classroom teaching strategiesand the capacity to work with colleagues tocontinually improve teaching and learning.”• Identify areas to address (3)• Provide evidence of previous achievement• Describe what outcomes occurred as a result• Outline what contribution you will make
  11. 11. Selection Criteria response“Demonstrate an understanding of how students learn, effectiveclassroom teaching strategies and the capacity to work withcolleagues to continually improve teaching and learning.”Areas to address Evidence Outcomes ContributionHow students learnEffective teachingstrategiesWorking withcolleagues
  12. 12. Example – 1st paragraph• These three components are essential and mutually dependent in order for optimal learning to take place. Throughout my teaching I endeavour to improve on each of these and reflect on how I can develop my own effective style in line with best practice theory and practice. I shall examine them separately in turn.
  13. 13. Example – 2nd paragraph• Firstly, it is essential to have a full understanding of how students learn. This semester I developed with my mentor a unit of work on gravity for Year 6. The five key stages of engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate were central to this unit and provided a tight structure within which students developed their understanding.
  14. 14. Conclusions• Practice makes perfect• Quality overrides quantity• Aim to stand out from the crowd by conveying your passion and expertise: What is it that makes you DIFFERENT?• Applying for jobs is an exercise in selling – Know what you are selling – Ensure it is what people want• If in doubt, ask someone for feedback
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