Advancing Access releases free, online CPD for teachers and advisers

image of advancing accessThe University of Sheffield, in partnership with 23 other leading universities, has supported the development of a new website for teachers. For the first time essential resources and advice on access to these universities are available online and free of charge for teachers and advisers.

The Advancing Access website provides best practice examples and how-to guides for teachers and college staff helping pupils with post-16 subject choices and university decisions. The site includes detailed information for teachers on:

  •  Helping students choose post-16 subjects
  •  Helping students choose a university and a degree course
  •  Helping students apply to leading universities
  •  How the admissions systems work at leading universities work

Teachers and advisers can access information and advice online through guidebooks, information sheets and video case studies which can be used in the classroom. The Advancing Access website will also host virtual conferences throughout the year where users can hear first-hand from university staff, ask questions through live discussion forums and share ideas with colleagues, all without the need for travel. The first of these web conferences will take place on Tuesday 1st November from 4pm; more information and how to register can be found by visiting the website.

Director General of the Russell Group, Dr Wendy Piatt said:

"Teachers play an absolutely vital role in encouraging and supporting their students to progress to Russell Group universities so making sure they have the most up to date information, advice and guidance to share with their pupils is essential. Advancing Access will provide a wide range of vital resources for teachers to support them in ensuring that pupils who have the promise and potential to attend a Russell Group university are given the best opportunity to succeed".

Made possible by HEFCE funding as part of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach, Advancing Access builds on the success of existing measures designed to improve university entrance rates for students from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds. These include the online guide Informed Choices which advises on the best subject combinations for pupils and also Russell Group Teachers' Conferences which are geared to giving teachers from state schools and colleges the information they need to help pupils apply to the UK’s leading universities.