On this page, you will find some recommendations on what to watch, read, listen and do to engage with your subject. As well as feeding your intellectual curiosity, these links may provide useful material for your UCAS statement. Once you have engaged with the links, make sure that you practise putting your thoughts into words with the writing activity at the end.


The One Thing All Great Teachers Do

Geoffrey Canada - Our Failing Schools: Enough is Enough

Educating Greater Manchester - All Episodes on 4oD


10 Reasons to Become a Teacher

TES Blog - Teaching Resources

Teacher Tool Kit Blog

Education Endowment Foundation Blog

AccessEd Reading List


Ted Talks Education

The Cult of Pedagogy

The Creative Classroom

TES Pedagogy

Talks with Teachers


  • Work or volunteer at a summer camp/school. Lots of schools will run summer camps or courses during the summer. These are excellent ways of getting experience working with young people in a more relaxed and fun environment than the classroom.

  • Go to a lecture or education conference. Lots are free to attend, so it’s worth giving it a Google search! The IOE Public Debates are good place to start.

  • Visit a museum! Museums are places for learning – they are created and designed to help visitors of all ages gain knowledge and experience, so are fantastic places to go to for your own learning as well as great ideas for how to teach others!


  • To apply to university, you need to demonstrate that you are well informed about the subject and have a strong interest in studying it at greater depth. To get started, practice writing about your subject interests by composing short responses to the following questions:

  1.  What have you watched, read or listened to that has inspired you?
  2. Why was it interesting?
  3. What new issues did you learn about?
  4. What do you want to find out next?
  5. What excites you about the subject?
  6. Why do you think studying the subject is important?