"An outstanding secondary teaching training provider" (ofsted 2016)

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"Begin you teaching journey with our unique programme, supported by experienced teacher educators delivering high quality, specialised training"

We are The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT), an Ofsted Outstanding Secondary Initial Teacher Training provider based at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire.

Ours is an innovative and intensive one year course during which trainees will complete both the Teaching Standards, gaining QTS certification and obtain a Keele University PGCE academic award at either level 6 or 7.

We believe that we provide a course that is both supportive and enjoyable, with Outstanding success rates (see below) well above the national average for the Initial Teacher Training sector.

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of our trainee's outcomes (final grade awarded) were either Outstanding or Good


of our trainees rate our provision as Outstanding or Good


of our trainees rating our subject specific training as either Outstanding or Good

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New teacher training programme launched in Norfolk

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Ignite Teaching School, based at Ormiston Venture Academy and serving schools across Norfolk and Suffolk has teamed up with The OAKS Partnership to launch a new teacher training programme. The OAKS Norfolk School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme aims to ensure schools across East […]

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OAKS NQT To Take On An Indoor Three Peaks Challenge

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OAKS NQT, Tom Tilsley (@MrTilsley) and a group of teachers who teach at Eden Boys Leadership Academy, Birmingham are hoping to raise money for PPE and ventilation equipment for the ICU Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Their aim is to summit the Three Peaks […]


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