"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

latest news from the oaks


The OAKS are looking to appoint a Deputy Director

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It is with great excitement that we advertise the Deputy Director role for the ‘Ofsted Outstanding’, OAKS secondary teacher training programme. Due to impending expansion of The OAKS, we are looking for a creative, outward facing individual who is passionate about teacher education to become […]


The OAKS are now on LinkedIn

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The OAKS are now on LinkedIn as; The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT). We will be adding some more content within the coming weeks to highlight some of the fantastic practice and events that are taking place within The OAKS and our Partnership schools, along […]


International Children’s Book Day

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International Children’s Book Day is a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, an international non-profit organization. Organised by the International Board on Books For Young People, or IBBY, the aim is to promote books and reading to young people. […]

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