"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 Initial Teacher Training provider 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 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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Our Languages Subject Expert and OAKS Assistant Deputy Director, Kate Smith and her team of Languages trainee, kindly hosted some Christmas ‘nibbles’ for the rest of our cohort this afternoon. Everyone was in good spirits, with everyone discussing their final week in school and the […]


PE Subject Expert Day @ OSSMA

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Last Wednesday, all of our trainees were in their subject specialism groups, kindly hosted by their Subject Experts.  Our PE cohort were at our Stoke-on-Trent lead school, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) with Subject Expert, Allie Bryan.   The aim of the day was for […]

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Our trainees are back with us today, looking surprisingly fresh faced despite nearing the end of a long, hard first term in schools.   Social Science trainee, Sian Aryee, kindly organised today’s ‘Christmas Jumper Day’, with proceeds raised being donated to local charity, Number 11.   Number […]

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