Resources for Teachers

If you are supporting a young person who is thinking about their university options, it is likely that you have your own questions and concerns about them entering higher education.

We value enormously the support and encouragement that teachers, tutors, and HE advisers give to students who may be thinking of applying here. You'll find lots of useful advice and guidance in the Advice for teachers, tutors & HE advisers pages. Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) and College admissions offices are always available to give advice to teachers on admissions policy and other matters.

As well as events for prospective students, a number of events for teachers, tutors, and HE advisers are organised by the Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) and several of the Colleges. These events provide up-to-date information about the University, including the application procedure and the range of outreach activities on offer. Below are some of the initiatives with which the English Faculty is particularly involved. 


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Advancing Access

Advancing Access is a new website for teachers and advisers which provides a variety of resources and online events to help them support students’ progression to leading universities, such as lesson plans, case study and videos to use in schools and colleges. The information and guidance on the site is designed to help learners, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices.

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The University of Cambridge in Partnership with the Prince's Teaching Institute

The Prince's Teaching Institute has worked in partnership with the University of Cambridge since the charity was created in 2006. Many of its academic speakers are drawn from Cambridge faculties, including several from the Cambridge English Faculty. We hope to meet you on a Prince's Trust event soon!

Inspired by the PTI's model of bringing together subject knowledge and teaching expertise, the University's Institute of Continuing Education has recently initiated a new Master's degree in Advanced Subject Teaching (MSt) to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing.

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Teachers' Workshop and Residential

The Teachers' Workshop is a one-day event  designed for teachers and advisers who directly support and advise sixth-form students applying to the University of Cambridge. It will provide you with the most up-to-date information on our application, selection and interview procedures.

Sutton Trust Cambridge Teacher Residential is a two day residential initiative which runs alongside the Sutton Trust Summer Schools for Year 12 students each summer. The Teacher Residential offers teachers from UK state-maintained sector schools and colleges the opportunity to develop their understanding of high quality subject-specific enrichment for highly-able students, in order to support strong applications to top universities, including Cambridge.

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Oxford and Cambridge Outreach Network

The Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network was founded to highlight opportunities for both teachers and students to find out more about studying at Oxford or Cambridge. It brings together details of upcoming events, helpful resources and information, and booking for school visits.

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Teach First

The University of Cambridge partners with Teach First to support summer schools, and the Leader Development Programme -- encouraging graduates to consider careers in teaching. The English Faculty hosts students under the Teach First 'Futures' scheme every year.

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Area Links Scheme

The University's Area Links Scheme enables the Cambridge Colleges to build effective, coherent relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. It gives schools and colleges a direct way of staying in touch with the University by providing specific contact points, and it enables the Cambridge Colleges to get to know specific regions and the local educational environments.

All Cambridge Colleges share a willingness to provide advice and guidance, and to listen to your perspectives on what we can do to help make Cambridge as accessible as possible to all students with the ability and potential to study here.