The OAKS

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New teacher training programme launched in Norfolk

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 Anglia are able to recruit excellent staff.

The programme offers an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ training year for those looking to enter the teaching profession. The highly personalised and supportive programme emphasises the importance of trainee teachers’ ability to promote outstanding progress of the pupils they teach.

The new programme builds on similar successful partnerships between The OAKS and Ormiston Academies Trust, which has five hubs additional hubs set up in different parts of the country, serving over 40 schools.

All trainee teachers follow a programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to be accredited with an academic PGCE award. Trainee teachers will be placed in two secondary schools throughout the academic year, teaching classes ranging in KS3 and KS4, with a variety of enrichment experiences provided, including KS5, primary, special schools and alternative provision.  

Trainees will also have a residential (or out of school activity*) and visits to other professional agencies in order to build up their professional CV.  Training focuses on the secondary phase. Subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, and physics.

The OAKS also offer the Assessment Only Route into teaching, which is a 12-week accreditation for QTS.  More information is available on request. Applications for those interested in training during the 2021/2022 academic year open today (Tuesday 13 October). Those who have questions, or would like further information click here and/or contact [email protected]

Tuesday Humby, National Director of Teaching and Training for Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said:

“We are delighted to be bringing The OAKS Outstanding teacher training programme to the east of England, to give our new teachers the very best start to the profession . What works so well about this programme is the true collaboration and delivery from partnership schools, it’s set up by teachers, for teachers.”

David Da Silva, Deputy Director of The OAKS, said:

“We are very excited to be beginning The OAKS programme with Ignite and our partnership schools in Norfolk. Our programme really focuses on the individual, making sure they’re empowered and supported throughout the whole programme.”

Jodie Gilbert-Barnham, Dean of Programmes, Ignite TSA and Ormiston Venture Academy, said:

“We are thrilled to be working with The OAKs to make this programme a reality. Norfolk is a fantastic area to become a teacher, and I would encourage anyone who has ever thought about transitioning into the profession to contact us.”

“My training with The OAKS was fantastic. I loved the academic side and pedagogy theory as part of the course. The support from The OAKS staff was also brilliant and made all the better by the fact that many tutors still actively teach, so their experience is current. I made some great friends and still draw on support from the cohort now.”

* The OAKS residential may not be possible if restrictions on travel and personal space are in place (e.g. Covid-19)