"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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Training & CPD

Blackfriars TSA: NEW courses for Summer term 2019

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Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance have a number of new courses and events being held in the Summer term. Please find the details below and flyers with further details attached. CPA Approach To Learning In Maths: KS1 11th April 2019, 1:30pm-4:30pm £79 per delegate This half day […]


National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2019

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Today is the 5th National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day. We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.  Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be absolutely […]



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The 2019 Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference takes place on Thursday 11th July. We’ll bring you the latest updates on projects such as Harper Keele Veterinary School, but also challenge your thinking with sessions such as: Do the Social Sciences matter? The Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference is an […]

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