Teachers’ Inspire Programme

The St John’s Inspire Teachers’ Programme is a series of events, visits, workshops and online contact specifically for teachers from non-selective state schools in Ealing and Harrow. The programme complements the Inspire Programme that we run specifically for pupils.

We are currently preparing to launch a new and improved Teachers’ Inspire Programme — stay turned for further details! In the meantime, you can find a summary of our 2018-2019 programme below.

2018-19 Teachers’ Inspire Programme

The Programme for Teachers and Educational Professionals ran parallel to, yet separately from, the Year 12 Twilight Sessions throughout 2018-19. Sessions took place in schools and sixth form colleges in Ealing and Harrow and included 45-minute academic taster talks by scholars from Oxford, followed by 45 minutes of expert guidance on how to best help you, as teachers, to support your brightest pupils in making well-founded applications to highly-selective universities like Oxford.

The programme also included the opportunity to attend a residential Teachers’ Summer School at St John’s College, Oxford. Attendees had the opportunity to:

  • Experience academic taster sessions from leading specialists at the University
  • Visit academic faculty buildings and departments
  • Benefit from the extensive research resources with a temporary Bodleian library card
  • Attend university application workshops delivered by education consultants

Participants also had the chance to meet tutors at the University, engage in cultural enrichment activities and attend formal dinners in college.

The summer residential is designed specifically to provide an insight into life as a student at the College and University, and to provide teachers and pupils with the information, advice and guidance they need to best support their academically gifted pupils in making informed future choices. Furthermore, the summer residential also provides the opportunity for teachers to carry out their own work; to develop their own resources, to conduct research into provision for high achieving students and to use the University resources to supplement their own professional knowledge.