"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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Trainee Post

EdTech Expo 2018 by Helen Morrey

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Today I attended the EdTech Expo in Liverpool, along with my OAKS Personal Tutor, Dave Da Silva and fellow trainee, Meg Baldwin.  There was a full and varied programme of workshops and lectures, ranging from teacher/student wellbeing to using video within the classroom as a […]


SurveyMonkey Questionnaires (Current Trainees Only)

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Andy Clifton has released a ‘SurveyMonkey’ Questionnaire today for all of our current trainees.  This has been emailed out this morning to everyone on the course. Please, please can we ask that you fill in the final two SurveyMonkey’s that Andy will be sending out […]

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The OAKS Getting Festive

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Here at Keele University, we’re getting ready for the Christmas celebrations and preparing to eat our own body weight in chocolate every day for two weeks! I popped into our office earlier today, to be greeted by our very own Christmas elves, Kate and Kirsty, […]

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