"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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French pupils attend MFL lessons at Abraham Darby.

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On Tuesday 14th May, Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby welcomed 45 pupils from a partner school in France. The purpose of the visit was for French pupils to learn about British schools and compare it to their own school in France. It was also a chance for […]


Trans Youth and Education: National Issues and Solutions (Keele University, 20th June, 2019)

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On 20 June 2019, Keele University – in partnership with Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent – will run a one-day event on trans-inclusive education. The event is supported by the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion (KISI). Despite progress in transgender rights over the last decade, many young trans people […]


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 […]

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