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Students taking part in a workshop.

For Teachers

We hugely value the supporting role that teachers and careers advisors can play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions about university.

We’re here to help you support your students, whether you’re wanting to organise a trip to Oxford, to arrange a visit from us or to find resources on making strong Oxford applications. You can also sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with events running in your area. 

The first step in organising an inbound or outbound visit is to contact your linked college by selecting your Local Authority below:

To keep up-to-date with opportunities from across the University, you can sign-up to Oxford’s Teachers’ Newsletter. Oxford University’s webpages for teachers aim to give you all the information you need to help your students. We encourage you to explore our website widely but hope that you will find the resources here particularly useful.

Please note that in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has suspended face-to-face outreach activities. As a result we have been developing digital outreach experiences, including our digital resource hub and our Virtual Open Days. The information below explains what we would usually offer for in-person programmes. For information on our digital outreach please see our Online Resources page.

Teacher Forums CPD webinars | School Access Programme | Aspiration and Taster Days in Oxford | KS3 Learning Days | Oxford Pathways | Oxbridge Student Conferences | Regional Teachers’ Conferences | Teacher Summer School | Open Days | Ignite: Oxford’s Free Careers Education Programme for Schools

Teacher Forums CPD webinars

Join our new webinar series of Teacher Forums, organised by the Oxford for East England colleges. We’ll be sharing our top tips for supporting your more able students in their university applications and giving you the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from teachers in different schools. This webinar series runs on Wednesday from 16:00-17:30. The first half of each session will be led by Oxford outreach staff and the second half will be an optional forum for sharing best practice. All events are free of charge and open to teachers linked to Oxford for East England college. Register online to take part.

Programme

  • 30th September 2020 - Admissions test and written work: what, why and when?
  • 14th October 2020 - Super-curricular activities: learning outside the classroom
  • 4th November 2020 - Interviews: what to expect and how to help your students prepare
  • 24th February 2021 - Super-curricular activities: learning outside the classroom
  • 28th April 2021 - Personal statements and references: how to support applicants
  • 9th June 2021 - Admissions test and written work: what, why and when?
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School Access Programme

Who for: Students (KS3-5), Teachers, Families  |  When: Year-round  |  Where: Your region

We visit a large number of state schools across the East of England every year. We’re pleased to be able to offer a wide range of presentations and workshops, which can include the following:

  • Introduction to higher education (KS3)
  • Oxplore and critical thinking workshops (KS3-4)
  • Introduction to Oxford (KS4-5)
  • Exploring beyond the curriculum
  • Personal statements workshop (KS5)
  • Oxford interviews workshop (KS5)
  • Introduction to Oxford for parents and carers

We are not usually able to attend individual school careers fairs but will be happy to discuss other ways in which we can support your students. Get in touch for details of events your students can join this year and to discuss hosting events for students in your area through your Local Authority link college at the top of the page.

Aspiration and Taster Days in Oxford

Who for: Students (all years), Teachers  |  When: Year-round  |  Where: Oxford

Oxford for East of England warmly welcome all state primary and secondary pupils to attend a school visit during University term time. These visit days are designed to give pupils a taste of University life and can be adapted for all year groups. There is no charge for these days. An example of a visit might include a talk about the University of Oxford, meeting current undergraduate students, and academic taster sessions at a museum or department. We’re happy to adapt our visit days to meet the needs of any particular group of pupils, so please do get in touch to discuss more through your Local Authority link college above.

KS3 Learning Days

Who for: Students (Y7-8), Teachers  |  When: Year-round  |  Where: Oxford

Balliol and Hertford Colleges collaborate to run subject-specific KS3 Learning Days for state school students in Years 7 and 8. Students are introduced to universities and the online Oxplore platform, and also experience an academic workshop and optional museum visit.

Oxford Pathways

Who for: Students (KS4), Teachers  |  When: Spring / summer  |  Where: Oxford

The Oxford Pathways programme is an initiative coordinated by colleges across the University of Oxford. It aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to staff and academically able students in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.

They run two types of free events: Year 10 Taster Days (Spring) and Year 11 Investigating Options Days (Summer). Year 10 Taster Days give academically able year 10 students a chance to visit Oxford for a taste of what it would be like to study here. Year 11 Investigating Options Days are subject specific and aim to explain the importance of GCSE results and post-16 choices to students and their teachers.

Oxbridge Student Conferences

Who for: Students (Y12), Teachers  |  When: Spring  |  Where: Your region

These day events are aimed at Year 12 students who are studying for their A Levels (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form. The conferences are designed as Open Days on the road, and bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to venues around the UK.

These full day events provide up to date information about our courses, clearly outline the admissions process and provide students with the opportunity to hear first-hand how our current undergraduates find life at Oxford and Cambridge. The events also include specific presentations for teachers on outreach and admissions.

Teachers can organise to take a group of their students to their local student conference - find out more here: Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

Regional Teachers’ Conferences

Who for: Teachers  |  When: Summer  |  Where: Your region

The University organises free CPD accredited Regional Teachers’ Conferences. During these 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 your region or email teachers@admin.ox.ac.uk

Teacher Summer School

Who for: Teachers  |  When: Summer  |  Where: Oxford

Oxford’s CPD-accredited Teacher Summer School is a free two-day residential conference for teachers from state 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. It aims 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.

Open Days

Who for: Students (Y11-13), Teachers, Families  |  When: June / July and September  |  Where: Oxford

The University holds three Open Days, two in June or July and one in September, each year. All colleges and departments will be open to prospective students to visit. While you do not need to apply to visit us on an Open Day, sessions in some academic departments will require you to register in advance.

Find out information about what the Oxford for East England colleges have to offer here: Balliol College, Hertford College, Wadham College. Oxford for East England are pleased to offer free bed and breakfast Open Day accommodation to state school groups and accompanying teachers from the East of England. Please visit the above college websites for more details.

Please note that due to Covid-19, Open Days in 2020 are virtual rather than in-person events.

Ignite: Oxford’s Free Careers Education Programme for Schools

Who for: Students (KS3-5), Teachers  |  When: Year-round  |  Where: Online

Ignite is a career confidence programme for schools and colleges from Oxford University Careers Service. It aims to help develop pupils’ assertiveness and confidence in academic, extra-curricular, family, social and eventual career activities. The programme is aimed at secondary school pupils (ages 11-18) and to be delivered within the school by teachers/PSHE tutors. It is available in modules to be applied and used as appropriate.