CPD sessions in schools and colleges
Update: during the COVID-19 pandemic we still aim to deliver these sessions online via Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in an online session for your school or college, please get in touch using the links below.
We are able to deliver CPD sessions in state schools and colleges in locations across the country. We can’t guarantee that we can say yes to every request, but if you’d like us to deliver a session at your school or college then why not contact us to see if we can fit you in? We never charge for CPD sessions.
When you contact us we will be able to have a conversation about how one of our CPD sessions might best fit your needs. We have a menu of seven different sessions to choose from and you may request more than one in a single visit. We're happy to tailor our sessions to meet your requirements, so if there's something else you're interested in please just ask. Please note also that timings are indicative, and we can be flexible and make sessions slightly shorter if required.
You're more than welcome to invite along other teachers from neighbouring schools and colleges to join in. We’re also happy to come and speak at teacher networking events.
Our session menu:
> Introducing Advancing Access: In this session we will introduce the Advancing Access project and explain how teachers and advisers can make the most of our free website and online events. We will showcase the resources available and describe how they can be used to support teacher development in schools. This session works best when tagged on to other sessions on the menu (suggested time 20 minutes).
> Supporting students to make choices at age 16: In this session participants will learn about the wide range of different options available for students at age 16. Teachers and advisers will learn how they can best support their Key Stage 4 students to make qualification and subject choices for the future. Topics covered will include:
- Considering how students' Level 2 qualifications might influence their choices
- Understanding the range of qualification types on offer and the pros and cons of academic versus vocational qualifications
- An introduction to future planned qualifications such as T Levels
- Appropriate A level subject choice
- How leading universities treat different qualifications, including core maths and the extended project qualification
- The best resources which teachers and students can use to find further help and support
(suggested time 1 hour)
> Supporting students to make choices at age 18: This session will focus on helping teachers and advisers to support students to make higher education choices. Participants will be encouraged to consider how to best support students to decide on a suitable degree subject, either by thinking about future career ambitions or simply to pursue an area of academic interest. Resources which enable students to track back from careers of interest to appropriate qualification choices will be demonstrated. The session will also look at some of the different types of university course available, including sandwich courses and degree apprenticeships. The differences between more competitive and less competitive universities will be considered and advice will be provided on how to support students in responding to university offers, including unconditional offers (suggested time 1 hour).
> Supporting students to write personal statements: This session will enable teachers and advisers to effectively support students with the UCAS personal statement writing process. The session will look at some the basics of structuring statements and will also examine some of the academic research which has been carried out to establish the characteristics of the most successful statements. Participants will learn how personal statements are used by universities in the decision making process and will be shown how they can make sure their students have the competitive edge. Examples of more and less effective statements will be provided and these will be compared and contrasted (suggested time 1 hour).
> Writing effective UCAS references: This session will begin by looking at some of the basics of references and how they ought to be structured. Participants will learn about what universities are looking for in a reference and why they are important. The session will cover how to effectively include contextual information in the reference (both about the applicant and also the school or college). There will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss how extenuating circumstances should be addressed. Examples of effective (and less effective) references will be provided which can be compared and contrasted (suggested time 1 hour).
> Understanding contextual admissions processes: This session begins by providing an overview of the current Widening Participation agenda within Higher Education. The session then goes on to cover the details of contextual admissions policies which are designed to enable students from a wider range of different backgrounds to progress to university. Participants will learn how contextual admissions processes work, the sorts of factors which are considered to be 'contextual' and how students can best be supported through the process (suggested time 45 minutes).
> Preparing students for interviews and admissions tests: This session will cover some of the additional admissions tests which some universities and courses require. Participants will learn more about the tests, will try example questions and will be encouraged to think about how they can best support their students to succeed. The session will also look at how teachers and advisers can best prepare students for a university interview should they be invited to one (suggested time 45 minutes).
> Bespoke sessions: Should you require a session which is not on our list, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements. Where we have the necessary expertise, we are usually more than happy to accommodate your request.
We’ve answered some more of your frequently asked questions below:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Sorry – we only offer this particular service to state schools.
Ask us and we can tell you! If we have expertise on that topic we will be willing to help.
We can do either. Sometimes we can take part in a “Twilight” after school session you have scheduled, or we can come and see you earlier in the day.
There is no maximum as such, but bear in mind that typically only one member of our staff will deliver the session.
Yes - it's very common for us to deliver more than one session on the same visit. We may even be able to schedule different sessions on different dates for you.
If you've already have a CPD session from us at some point in the past, you're always welcome to enquire with us about another one!