Teachers' e-guide

Supporting your Oxford Candidates

Who We Are Heading

Writing a Teachers' Reference

Mitigating Circumstances

Tutors rely heavily on referees to indicate where there have been mitigating circumstances, and to make an assessment of the impact this has had on the candidate’s education to date.

Where a candidate has a disability or specific educational needs, it is again helpful for this to be commented on by the referee, particularly if specific support may be required. Whilst there can be a reluctance by candidates to make a declaration, because they are concerned that it may prejudice the outcome of their application, there is usually a much greater impact if the information is not factored into consideration, particularly if support would be required for the interview period or the conduct of any tests that may be part of the admissions process.