"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 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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The OAKS Languages Trainees Drop by

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Today saw The OAKS Languages trainees spent the day discussing and trying out creative ways of introducing and practicing grammar points. Grammar is often seen as difficult and not very relevant by pupils yet it is vital to know how to put sentences together in […]


Train to Teach Event – Manchester

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Last night, The OAKS was represented at the ‘Train to Teach’, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. The event, which ran between 10am and 4pm, was extremely well-attended, with a constant stream of visitors inquiring into teacher training at The OAKS.  Our stall was staffed by OAKS […]


The OAKS are now on Youtube!

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What a week it’s been already! We’ve been busily working away, tirelessly promoting The OAKS and hopefully getting our message out to the masses! Monday saw premiere our new promotional video, created by Ian Wilkinson and Design3i, on our website.  After months in the making, we […]

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