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A teacher talks while gesturing during a teacher support event run by the Trinity Access team.

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Support

COVID-19

Schools & Access Update

We would like to wish all our partner schools and teachers all the very best for the start of the new school year; we look forward to supporting schools with virtual sessions for students from Year 7 through to Year 13:  you can contact us on access.officer@trinity.ox.ac.uk if you would like to talk about our provision or to book sessions. 

Support and Resources

For Teachers

We provide a range of support and resources for teachers from specific support for applications to online professional support and development for teachers.

You can find more information on our site about our programmes for students; teachers should be advised that the Access Team at Trinity College prioritise outreach engagement with schools, on the basis of specific needs related to lower rates of progression to higher education, Russell Group universities and the University of Oxford. We also prioritise engagement with under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

If you or your school do not fall into these categories there is still plenty of advice and support available to you and your students here on this page and the central Oxford website. You are most welcome to contact us directly for more guidance on how to access that support.

Trinity College

Online Teacher Support

Our year-long online Teacher Support Programme is made up of six one and a half hour sessions each taking place after the school day. Whilst we begin the programme in January each year, we encourage teachers to join at any point or just for those sessions they would find most helpful. Whilst we offer a completion certificate for those attending all sessions there is no requirement to do so. 

You can find full information about the Online Teacher Support Programme on our dedicated page or by contacting our Head of Access Hannah Rolley.

Our Online Teacher Support Programme

The programme takes place online to enable teachers to join us at their convenience and is made up of six one and a half hour live sessions each taking place after the school day. Whilst we begin the programme in January each year, we encourage teachers to join at any point or just for those sessions they would find most helpful. Whilst we offer a completion certificate for those attending all sessions there is no requirement to do so.

 

In these sessions, we aim to provide up to date practical information and guidance relating to the Oxford application process and the purpose of each stage, for example, the admissions tests and interviews. 

We also have the broader aim of providing teachers with guidance that may help them to support their pupils in all higher education applications, as well as those who may have the potential to apply to Oxford.

The 90-minute twilight sessions include:

  • An introduction to the University of Oxford and the admission process
  • Relevant enrichment activities for pupils – raising attainment and enhancing future academic success
  • Supporting students through the process of writing a competitive personal statement
  • Writing the teacher reference – what high tariff universities are looking for
  • The admissions tests – supporting your pupils to prepare
  • The interview – supporting your pupils to prepare

We particularly welcome colleagues from non-selective state schoolteachers who have little or no experience of the University of Oxford, pupil progression to the Russell Group or Higher Education in general.

To register your interest in the next programme please contact hannah.rolley@trinity.ox.ac.uk
 

Open Day Residential

For Northeast Teachers

Run in parallel to the YR12 Open Day Residential event, this is a unique opportunity for Teachers from the Northeast to take part in their own residential programme, from the late June/early July each year. During their stay teachers will receive specialist guidance relating to the application process, personal statement support, reference writing, stretch and challenging your high achieving students & using the EPQ effectively.

Bookings for this event will open in March 2022; register your interest below.

Applying to our Northeast Teacher Rdsidential

To apply for one of the Northeast Open Day Residentials, you should:

  • be in Year 12 at a state school/college in Northeast of England
  • be predicted at least three A grades at A Level (or equivalent)
  • have at least 5 GCSE at grade either 6, 7, 8 or 9 (or equivalent)

Or

  • be a teacher in a state school/college in the Northeast of England
  • or have responsibility for a relevant area of pupil development & support in your school

This opportunity is also completely free of charge and includes free coach travel to Oxford, all food and two nights of accommodation at either Trinity College or St Anne’s College. Teachers applying for a place on this programme can do so independently of the Year 12 residential and are not required to accompany or supervise students although they will be provided a place on the same coach travelling to Oxford.

Teacher Support Sessions

In Your School

Because we understand that attending a conference or summer school might not always be possible, the Head of Access, Hannah Rolley, and the Teacher Engagement Officer, Richard Petty, also run Teacher Support Sessions at a variety of different times in our link schools throughout the year.

In these sessions, we aim to provide up to date information and guidance relating to the Oxford application process and the purpose of each stage, for example the admissions tests and interviews. We offer guidance to teachers and other professionals about how they can best support their pupils in all higher education applications, as well as those who may have the potential to apply to Oxford.

Supporting You In Your School

We particularly welcome invitations from schools and teachers who have little experience of the University of Oxford or low pupil progression to the Russell Group or higher education in general. 

We also offer guidance relating to enrichment activities, that could help develop the skills and raising of attainment needed and associated with making a competitive application to university.

Here is an example of what a teacher session might look like:

•    The Oxford application process.
•    The UCAS teacher reference – the essentials.
•    How to offer students guidance and feedback on the personal statement.
•    Relevant super-curricular activity, the EPQ & work experience.
•    The admissions tests and interview.
•    General Q&A for all teachers

These sessions can be planned for and around the needs and demands of the school day and as such could take place after the teaching day, during staff meetings or training days.

If you are from Oxfordshire, please contact Hannah or if you are from the Northeast please contact Richard directly to arrange for a teacher visit to your school.

Support for Teachers

From Oxford University

Because Oxford University recognises the key role that teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions, Oxford runs regional teacher conferences . During these conferences, teachers work with outreach staff about supporting students through all aspects of considering, and applying to, Oxford.

The University also offers a CPD accredited Teacher Summer School, a FREE two-day residential conference for teachers from state-funded schools and colleges in the UK. During the summer school, teachers receive detailed support and guidance about the Oxford admissions process, experience taster sessions for different academic subjects, and learn from mock interviews.