This October, thousands of Year 13 students will be working on their applications to university. Many schools encourage students to submit their UCAS applications by early November (although Oxbridge, medical, veterinary and dentistry school applicants are required to do so by 15 October). This means the pressure is on for the teachers required to write references.
Applying to university is a daunting process. But a recent article in the Telegraph suggested that it’s not only students who are intimidated by top universities: teachers are apprehensive too. Research published by the Sutton Trust reveals that 40% of state secondary teachers rarely or never advise their brightest students to apply to either Cambridge or Oxford. However, teachers play a key role in raising students’ aspirations.