"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


Cult of Pedagogy

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As most of us start to mentally wind down for the summer (does this ever truly happen?), we’ve started to use the time to dig deeper into the theory and thinking behind our practice to ensure that our next cohort of trainee teachers are even […]

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As promised in yesterdays post, here are more of the pictures from yesterday and the graduation of our latest cohort.  Thankfully the rain held off for the whole day and they all had a fantastic time. Attendance at the ceremony was better than ever, with […]

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Graduation of the 2018/19 Cohort

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I’ve just popped across to see our trainees arriving for their graduation ceremony and as expected, they all look fantastic and are in good spirits.  The weather has been kind so far and despite being stung repeatedly in the ear by a bee or wasp […]

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