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A new perspective on your personal wellbeing by Linda Lindan

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Today I would like to divert your focus for a while. Maybe help you to willingly change it for longer. At the moment, wherever we look – TV, social media, texts from friends – it’s just 24/7 on just one thing: Covid 19. The focus […]

Trainee Post

How We Are Meeting our Teaching Standards during Remote Learning by The OAKS History Cohort

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Our History cohort have been busy this Easter creating a fantastic resource sharing their ideas on evidencing their progress against the Teacher Standards during the current Covid-19 outbreak. With schools closing, current cohorts of trainee teachers have had their second placements interrupted. As a result, […]

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The OAKS trainees have their say on social media

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During these difficult times it has been heartwarming to see that our trainee teachers have been so complementary about us when posting on social media.  We really appreciate everyone who has posted about us.  These recommendations really do make all of this worthwhile! Here are […]

Training & CPD

Edtech Innovators Podcast by Pete Atherton

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The OAKS hope that you’re all well and are keeping busy in this very strange period of time.   Whether you are you in school, working from home, recovering from your daily Joe Wicks or eating your breakfast, I hope that you are looking after yourself […]

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Applications Remain open for September 2020 – The OAKS are still recruiting!

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The OAKS would like to reassure those who are considering applying for our Initial Teacher Training programme next year that we are still recruiting and would be delighted to hear from you.   Obviously the health and well-being of all potential trainees and staff are paramount, […]

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Book Review: How Learning Happens by Paul Kirschner & Carl Hendrick

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Daisy Christodoulou has written an excellent review of Paul Kirschner and Carl Hendrick’s book, How Learning Happens.  Please click here to read the review and find out more about this fantastic resource. Daisy Christodoulou is the Director of Education at No More Marking, a provider […]

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Castaway 2020

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Last Wednesday our English trainees from the OAKS, transported a group of Year 9 boys to an exotic location: a classroom in one of our Partnership schools was transformed into a desert island paradise. There were palm trees, colourful flowers and, playing in the background, […]

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ResearchED Events – Events List

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The goal of ResearchED is to bridge the gap between research and practice in education. Researchers, teachers, and policy makers come together for a day of information-sharing and myth-busting.  ResearchED events usually take place on a Saturday at a school and is a great opportunity […]

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Good Luck in your Phase 3 Placements

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May we wish all of our trainees the best of luck in starting their Phase 3 placements this morning. Phase 3 is completed in a different school than the one attended in Phase 1 and 2. We also wish to thank all of our partnership […]

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Celebrating Teacher Educators – Staffordshire University (23rd April 2020)

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The OAKS are currently working as part of a teacher training provider collective and we are very grateful to the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area for their support for Teacher Educators (Mentors). Effective professional learning supports not only recruitment, but also retention, as so many colleagues value […]

Keele Session

NQT Development Evening (Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 4.00-5.30pm)

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The OAKS are hosting the second of three termly NQT Development Sessions on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 from 4.00-5.30pm.  We’d love for all of our 2018/19 cohort to be able to attend.  As ever, we’re going to provide food and drink in addition to external […]

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Mountain Biking With Burton PRU

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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 […]

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Train to Teach event – Staffordshire University (4th February 2020 from 4.30pm – 7.30pm)

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Interested in a career in teaching? Want to train with an Ofsted Outstanding teacher training provider? Do you recognise the importance of gaining a PGCE alongside QTS? Are you interested, but don’t even know where to start? If you are, this free Train to Teach […]

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Blackfriars TSA Train to Teach Event (12th February, 5-7pm)

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Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance have a ‘Train to Teach’ event on the 12th February, from 5-7pm. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, then please pop along and have a chat with us. For further details, see below  

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End of Phase 2

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For our current trainees, today will be the end of their Phase Two placement.  We’d like to thank all of our Partnership schools and their staff for providing such wonderful provision and for allowing our trainees to develop their teaching in such supportive environments. We’d […]

Trainee Post

Living in the Moment: Mindfulness by Wallis Ison (Updated)

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How many questions are we asking ourselves at the moment? When will my first lesson be? What will teaching be like? Will I get on with the other teachers? Will I get on with the pupils? Will I be good enough? How long until this […]

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EAL Experience 2020

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On Wednesday, our trainees were out visiting Partnership schools as part of this years EAL (English as an Additional Language) Experience Day.  This annual event, hosted by four of our schools is always a course highlight and allowed our trainees to develop an understanding of […]

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Back to School. Good luck!

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Unfortunately all good things must come to an end.  Back to school this morning! Good luck on your first day back from everyone here at The OAKS!  Hopefully you’re not feeling like…….