"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), based at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire.

Our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme is delivered by Partnership school subject experts and experienced teacher educators.

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.

In the most recent Ofsted inspection, we were proud to be graded as an Outstanding Provider across all areas. Please click here to download the report or here for a related media report.

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 trainee's gained employment within our region


of our trainee's rated our programme as either Outstanding or Good

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New Digital Technologies Day

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Our trainees were rushed off their feet yesterday with an array of sessions, hosted both here at Keele and at Blackfryers Academy Alex Hill, who joined us from Fairfax School to illustrate ways in which the trainees can increase the interactivity of presentation-based software and integrate […]


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It’s Alive!!! The OAKS new site is finally here!

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?? If you’re reading this then you’ll already have figured this out, but after months of hard work we’re finally there!  Our new site finally went live a few minutes ago. Work on the new site started back in February of this year, with ideas […]

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