Primary Teaching Application Tips

This time last year I was just like you panicking about the daunting application process and how I would fit all my experience into a tiny personal statement. From my application I was accepted to all PGDE courses in Scotland and in Ireland my Hibernia application was accepted too. Here are some tips to help you with your application!

1. Show them how amazing you are! 

This is the most important thing in your application if they can’t see your passion for teaching they are not going to interview you.  This leads me onto my next tip.

2. Emphasise your experience 

You may think that grades are important and to some extent they are but the most important thing is that you show that you love working with children and have experience working with them. I have spent every summer working in an outdoor activity centre with small children and as part of my degree I was able to spend six months in a local primary school. First of all i described my experience and then I told them what I had learned from my experience – always be positive.

3. Show off your good traits

Tell them what sort of a person you are- hard-working, kind, approachable.

The first three points are vital for your personal statement, they show them what sort of a person you are and how dedicated you are to the teaching profession. 

4. Be organised 

For the actual application you need to be organised.

Before you open your application take note of all the key dates such as when it needs to be in for, when could you be called for interview etc.  Then I would write down all your colleges grades for every module and its name on a sheet of paper, all your leaving cert or A level grades.  Before I open your application I would also have your personal statement saved on a word docment so you can easily transfer it over.

Once you have it all ready I would begin your application.

The application process is not difficult you just need to show what an amazing teacher you will be and prove that you have researched it and have experience working with children. 

Be yourself and Good Luck! 

Next blogpost will be the interview process! 


bareMinerals BareSkin Foundation Review

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Once I found out that bareMinerals was bringing out a liquid foundation I knew I had to try it. I love mineral foundation so I wanted to see if they could get the same results with a liquid foundation.

This foundations a pure brightening serum foundation formulated for all skin types.  BareMinerals says its “a tone-correcting mineral foundation and skin care serum in one. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter , more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients, its like nothing you’ve ever tested before”

My thoughts

finish- Dewy, medium coverage that is very build able. A little goes along way.Throughout the day is does tend to look a little oily on me, I have normal/dry skin for reference so a powder is needed. I found the foundation disappeared from my cheeks and chin in 6 hours for some people that may be ok for me its not. I need my foundation to stick around all day. Ain’t nobody want a patchy face.

Smell- Its smells like play-doh. It lingers for a while and then its unnoticeable.

Application- I apply this with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush. I find the brush above doesn’t give great coverage and it also takes forever to blend! Maybe I’m using it wrong! I’ll practice and report back on the brush situation. I apply three drops to the brush and buff it in like normal. I then apply another drop and buff this into my cheeks where I feel I need more coverage. 

Suitable for- In my opinion  normal to dry skin. Oily girls this is not for you.

Shade-The shade range is huge, you will find one perfect for your skin tone. I am the shade Bare Natural 07 .

Overall I love the finish of this foundation when it is just been applied but the fact that it doesn’t last very well bother me. I have found that if I put a mineral powder on top it does last a bit longer.