"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 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 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 trainee's gained employment


of our trainees rated of our teacher training programme as either Outstanding or Good


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

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Keele Sessions – 08th February 2019

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Last Friday, our trainees were in Keele again.  This time the morning session was delivered by Jodie and Kate, who joined us as part of The Autism Education Trust Schools Programme. The Autism Education Trust (AET) is a not for profit programme led by two […]

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Keele Sessions (Monday 04th Feb 2019)

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Yesterday saw the return of our trainees to Keele, with sessions on the ‘Tracking of Evidence’ and ‘Considering the Whole Child’. The morning session was delivered by Dave Da Silva, who discussed the trainees logging and organising of their evidence and using this to drive […]

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