Providing pupil references for UCAS can be a daunting prospect for teachers. Collecting the right information from colleagues and constructing a fair and balanced reference can make a huge difference as our pupils compete for their preferred places. The reference should be on the individual with focus on the information most relevant to the course being applied for and individual circumstance. What you will include in the reference will depend on how you know the applicant, and how familiar you are with their plans and experience. It’s a good idea to speak to them about their application before you write the reference.
Equally, guiding pupils (and parents) to complete impressive personal statements and to present themselves appropriately and effectively can be a challenge for new and experienced form tutors alike. It’s a chance for student’s to articulate why they’d like to study a particular course or subject, and what skills and experience they possess that show their passion for their chosen field.
This course looks at the reference building process, taking in examples of good practice and highlighting common pitfalls. It highlights the types of subject references teachers need to be providing the reference writer to best assist them in constructing a good reference. The course presents the structure of the ideal personal statement, using good and bad examples to show what is required so teachers feel able to give clear guidance.
UCAS Workshop options
The course can also be run alongside a workshop for pupils and teachers (and parents) on writing an effective personal statement and preparing for their application. The workshop helps identify misconceptions and gives clear pointers through fun activities.
Who is this INSET for?
Heads of sixth form, subject teachers and sixth form tutors, lead teams, teachers new in role.
Workshops could also be offered to support pupils and parents
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