Teachers' e-guide

Supporting your Oxford Candidates

Who We Are Heading

Writing a Teachers' Reference

Extra-curricular activities

Finally, an awareness of what a candidate may be engaging with outside their school or college environment to develop their academic suitability for their course, particularly where this shows initiative or commitment by the individual candidate, is very useful.

If this activity allows them to display particular aptitudes or skills that will be relevant for their degree so much the better, and if the referee can comment on the value that this is adding then this is very helpful.

This is a reference about an individual, and the more that it reads as if the person completing it knows and understands the candidate, rather than it being a mechanistic exercise, the better and more valuable it will be to the tutors.