"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


Subject Experts Day

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As previously posted, our trainees were ‘out and about’ visiting several schools across the Partnership as part of the Subject Experts Day on 16th January 2019. Drama trainee, Madison Shirley, explained how the Drama group “focused on devising from a stimulus, we explored possible stimuli […]


Chemistry Subject Expert Day at Walton High School

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Last Wednesday (16th January 2019), our Chemistry trainees were out at Walton High School with their Subject Expert, Meg Riley. Chemistry trainee, Kelly Boland, explained how Meg was “was only too happy to share her pearls of wisdom with the team for getting the pupils […]


Biology Subject Expert Day at Sir Graham Balfour

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Last Wednesday (16th January 2019) saw the Biology trainees return to Sir Graham Balfour to learn about dissection and ethics with Subject Expert, Beth Collins. Biology trainee, Neville Bradshaw who attended the day, explained that “in Biology it is important that we can demonstrate the […]

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