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The OAKS is a brand new and innovative SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme) which links Keele University and OSSMA (Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy) with a long established partnership of schools in five local authorities – Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham and Cheshire.

The OAKS course is based in the green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE. This is an exciting model of ITT as it enhances the fine reputation of Keele's work in teacher education established in the early 60's and the expertise of many outstanding school staff and departments from partnership.

This is a genuine partnership between the schools, staff and Keele University, which ensures relevant and up to date training, with a range of research activity which keeps Teacher Education in the forefront of educational thinking. The OAKS believes that it is an extremely caring and friendly organisation and will at all times provide help, encouragement and support, whenever it is needed.

The trainee teacher is important to us and many support structures are in place for this challenging, but very rewarding course. It is the aim of The OAKS partnership of schools and University staff to produce highly motivated, creative, successful and enlightened teachers. Such teachers, we know, will be in great demand both in the local region and nationally.

This ITT course delivered by The OAKS offers the possibility of either a Postgraduate or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the final outcome being determined by performance in the academic assignments.

This PGCE element has recently been re-validated and includes work on 'Learners, Learning and Assessment', 'Subject Identity and Pedagogy' and 'Developing Outstanding Practice'; all of these are very relevant to the classroom and the students that we teach.