CPD sessions for schools and colleges
Advancing Access is able to deliver free CPD sessions for groups of teachers or advisers in UK state schools and colleges. Sessions can be delivered in-person in your school or college, or online if you prefer. If you’d like us to deliver a session for your school or college then fill in the form at the bottom of this page and we'll do our very best to accommodate you.
We have a menu of eight different sessions to choose from and you may request more than one at a time. 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 also note that timings are indicative and we can make sessions slightly shorter if required.
You're more than welcome to invite other teachers from neighbouring schools and colleges to join in. We’re also happy to 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, online events and in-person conferences. We will showcase the resources available and describe how they can be used to support staff development in schools and colleges. 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
Teachers and advisers will learn about the wide range of options available at age 16 and how to support 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 or technical qualifications
- Discussion of T Levels, their suitability for university progression and planned reforms of technical and vocational qualifications
- Appropriate A level subject choice
- How Russell Group universities treat different qualifications, including Core Maths and the Extended Project Qualification
- The best resources which teachers and students can use for further support (suggested time 1 hour).
Supporting students to make choices at age 18
This session will focus on supporting teachers and advisers to help their students to make higher education choices. Participants will be encouraged to consider the best support for students deciding on a suitable degree subject by thinking about career ambitions or pursuing areas of academic interest. Resources which enable students to consider appropriate qualification choices for different courses will be demonstrated. The session will also look at types of university course, including sandwich courses and degree apprenticeships as well as the differences between more and less selective universities (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 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. The session has been recently updated to reflect new questions which are being asked in the UCAS application for those entering HE from 2023 onwards (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. Guidance will be offered on supporting students for different types of interview, such as medicine interviews or Oxbridge interviews (suggested time 45 minutes).
Supporting students through Clearing
This session supports teachers and advisers to guide their students through the Clearing process. Participants will learn more about what Clearing is and the different situations where Clearing might be used by students. The session covers ways to support students on results day and beyond. Participants will also learn how applicants can find Clearing vacancies on the phone and online, release themselves into Clearing if necessary and also use Clearing to find a course with higher entry requirements if they have done better in their exams than expected (suggested time 30 minutes).
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.
If you would like to request one or more of our CPD sessions for your staff, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch to try and arrange this for you.
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 deliver sessions earlier in the day if this works best for you.
There is no maximum as such, if you have a very large group we can see if we can arrange more than one presenter.
Yes - it's very common for us to deliver more than one session on the same visit. We can also schedule multiple online sessions too.
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!