The OAKS

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

Mountain Biking With Burton PRU

Last Thursday, half of our current cohort of trainees joined the Burton Pupil Referral Unit staff for a guided mountain bike ride at Cannock Chase.

Throughout the day, the group took part in the cycling activity and then attended a ‘classroom-based’ session, where they discussed the benefits offsite activities bring to pupils and how multiple factors can effect behaviour and engagement.

Speaking on the day, Adrian commented that “both Sarah & I found your trainees a pleasure & joy today!  Over all the years we’ve been doing this, I’m finding it hard to think of 2 groups in a day which have been more keen, positive & engaging throughout my sessions!  If you could pass my grateful comments on, they truly made my day outstanding”!

OAKS Deputy Director, Dave Da Silva took part in the day and was full of praise in return, saying that “this was certainly one of the course highlights so far.  Both of the sessions, hosted by Adrian and Sarah, were extremely useful and our students have gained a real insight into the complexities of pupils within alternative education and how to ensure safe and stimulating learning outside of the confines of the classroom”.

We’d like to thank both Adrian and Sarah of Burton PRU, who provided us with a thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience.  I’m sure the other half of our cohort are looking forward to trying to impress Adrian even more!  It may prove difficult to knock Owain off the top spot though (see below)