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Resources for teachers
A visit to the Botanic Garden is an ideal opportunity for children to engage with the natural environment.
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Resources for teachers

The following resources offer targeted information for teachers and advisers about the University of Oxford and how to support your students who may be considering an Oxford course.

Oxplore 

Oxplore is an innovative new digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the school classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to raise aspirations, promote broad thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Visit Oxplore at www.oxplore.org.

Oxford Education Deanery

The Oxford Education Deanery is a research-engaged professional learning partnership, which aims to draw on the expertise of University specialists to support Oxfordshire teachers and improve outcomes for pupils in Oxfordshire schools. The Deanery offers a number of opportunities for teachers to develop their practice through engagement in and with research. For more information please see www.educationdeanery.ox.ac.uk

TESconnect

The University also offers free teaching materials via TESconnect: more than 100 resources for Key Stages 2-5. This includes a new series of free science podcasts, ‘Big Questions’, in which a selection of the University’s top researchers address important issues in science today. Organised in bite-sized chunks, these resources are ideal for encouraging Key Stage 4 and 5 students to explore and challenge the knowledge that surrounds these fascinating areas. 

Turtle System

To support the new Computer Science component of the National Curriculum we offer a free educational program called 'The Turtle System', together with lesson plans and other teaching resources. For further details please see www.turtle.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford Mathematics Alphabet

The new Oxford Mathematics Alphabet is a resource for teachers and anyone fascinated by mathematics. The alphabet starts with starts with 'A is for Aperiodic Tiles' and 'B is for Bayesian Inference', and every letter of the alphabet leads to a short exploration of engaging mathematical ideas and the latest research, written by members of the Oxford Mathematical Institute. Posters are available to download for each subject for you to use in class.

For details please see www.maths.ox.ac.uk/r/alphabet.

Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks is a portal for engaging with a wealth of exciting science taking place across Oxford University. It has teaching resources for a range of science topics for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Details can be found at www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk