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

Teacher

Support

COVID-19

Schools & Access Update

We would like to wish all our partner schools and teachers all the very best in adapting to the New Year closures and re-adjustment to virtual learning. Recognising that colleagues’ focus for now will be on adapting to these changes, we will be in touch with partner schools in w/c 11 January. 

When the time is convenient for students and colleagues, we will 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 CPD for teachers. We can also signpost you to valuable resources provided by others.

If you are looking for our digital enrichment resources, which contain resources that support the school curriculum, you can find this here: Digital Enrichment resources

All Oxford colleges have signed up to a Common Framework on Admissions which means the same application process and criteria for each course, at every college. To help provide students with the right kind of support, we encourage teachers to visit the central Oxford page of guidance, which helpfully includes information about all aspects of the application process and how you can support your students through each stage.

You can find more information on our site about how we can work with schools in the North East and Oxfordshire. 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.

Application Support

Information

UCAS application deadline is the 15th October each year. If not before, most tests must also be registered for by this date. Any required sample written work must be submitted, usually by the end of October. Please check your specific subject area’s requirements. All interviews take place in December and offer decisions are confirmed in January. More detail about the timeline of the application process can be found here: timeline 

More information about the application process can be found on the University of Oxford website.

In addition to the Teacher CPD programme outlined below, we also run sessions tailored to groups of staff within one school or college, at a time most convenient for them such as in twilight sessions, for instance on personal statements and teacher references, or stimulating super-curricular enrichment.  See 'Sessions in Your School' below.

Trinity College

Teacher Development Programme

For teachers working in state schools and colleges in Oxfordshire and the North East, our programme of sessions run throughout the year and are specifically timed to support teachers at key moments in the school calendar relevant to their students’ university application preparation.

In 2020 the programme was delivered in a series of live online workshops, which provides the best platform of reaching groups of teachers from different schools and colleges at a convenient time, regardless of the pandemic. We aim to make it as easy as possible for colleagues to participate, and to meet other teachers in a similar position who are seeking to support students in making successful applications to competitive universities, with a particular focus on the University of Oxford.

You can find full information about the online teacher CPD programme on our dedicated page.

To sign up and/or register your interest for the 2021 programme please use this Trinity College Oxford Teacher CPD programme 2021 registration survey.

Regional Teacher

Conferences

Because the University recognises the key role that teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions, we help run regional teacher conferences . During conferences, we welcome the chance to talk with teachers and advisers about supporting your students through all aspects of considering, and applying to, Oxford. Sign up to attend the next conference in you region.

Teacher

Summer Schools

Oxford’s CPD accredited Teacher Summer School is 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. The sessions aim to support teachers to stretch and challenge their most able students, and equip them with the best possible advice and guidance on selective university admissions.

Check here for 2020 applications.

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. 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. 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.

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.

Additional Support

For Schools

Careers Education:

The University of Oxford Careers Service are piloting a series of our successful programmes that we use with undergraduate students, in versions appropriate, usable, and effective for schools. The first programmes that have been tailored especially for schools are Litmus, The Student Consultancy for Schools, and Ignite. This initiative also extends to a specialised programme called Opportunity North which offers careers education support for state schools in the North East of England. Read more about each of these programmes and find out how you can get involved by clicking on the dedicated linked web pages below:

Litmus

Targeted and personalised careers advice can be more effective with students and more efficient for staff; Litmus is a careers registration tool that asks students to define their frame of mind around their career and the specific industry sectors in which they are interested. Staff can then use these to arrange tailored careers events that fit with students’ current mindset and industry interests.

The Student Consultancy for Schools

The Student Consultancy for Schools is a structured programme designed to engage teams of pupils on real business issues with local organisations. Pupils who take part learn basic consulting skills including analysis, research, interviewing, presenting and report writing, as well as secondary skills of planning their time, taking part in a 12+ week project, working with the public and business people, and understanding how organisations work.

Ignite: Careers Confidence for Schools

Ignite is a programme of over 60 separate, age-specific lessons on assertiveness, confidence, networking, and marketing for Key Stages 3, 4, and 5. The programme is designed to be delivered by (e.g., PSHE) teachers within the existing curriculum, in 20, 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons.

Oxford Opportunity North

Opportunity North is an unprecedented programme offering maintained sector schools in the North of England a range of six Careers Education programmes, free of charge, which help to improve outcomes for students from Year 7 to Year 13.

The Oxford Careers Website 

Oxford University Careers website might be of particular interest to teachers interested in supporting student progression within their own school. On this website teachers can find information supporting and developing student knowledge and understanding of the different sector & occupation pathways , guidance on generating careers ideas and CV writing.

Trinity College strongly encourages all teachers to sign up to the University's eNewsletter for teachers to keep up to date with school events and other developments across the University and departments. We also encourage teachers to use the University teacher’s section on the website for advice, information and resources.