Entry to the programme is conditional on the following:
All applications for PGCE/School Direct/School Direct Salaried must be made via an online application through UCAS Teacher Training.
You are advised to apply as early as possible for courses beginning the following autumn as a number of courses fill quickly. Places are allocated by the Department for Education (DfE) to each Initial Teacher Education Provider and these are limited. Successful applicants are invited to Keele and/or a Partnership school, where they will undertake a personal interview.
Our Partnership is split into Hubs (geographical areas) and these are where are numbers are allocated, these are:
You can also apply directly to The OAKS, our provider code is 24P.
Regardless of which of the above entry routes you apply to, the accredited training provider for each programme is The OAKS and the outcome is the same:
Colleagues from our Partnership schools will normally be involved in the interviewing and selection process. Irrespective of whether you are applying for a PGCE conventional programme or via the School Direct route, the final stage of the recruitment and selection process will normally including working with pupils in a classroom setting.
For any candidate who makes an application within five years of graduating, it is a requirement that a reference should be provided by the candidate's university tutor.
All course fees for PGCE and School Direct programmes are charged at £9,000.
Funding for teacher training is available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in 2018/19 academic year on a postgraduate route into the non-salaried PGCE and School Direct programmes.
A Pre-Course Payment of £111.00 is payable prior to the commencement of the course, to cover the cost of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), the Occupational Health Decoration, the Bristol Guide and field trip.
At the beginning of our course you will take part in a two day, one night residential in southern Shropshire.
The OAKS ensures that you are well trained to teach in the 11-16 age band (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4) of secondary schools and academies. However, we will also ensure that you have some post-16 experience too. During the programme, you will be allocated two secondary placements, preferably offering a different type of training experience. You may well be placed in contrasting schools: an inner city or urban setting followed by a rural based school or vice versa; one school may have a sixth form and another just 11-16. We have over 40 secondary schools based in 5 geographical areas: Cheshire, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham and Shropshire. One of them will be perfect for you!
We feel strongly that to become an expert practitioner in the age group you have selected, you must have a secure knowledge of the type of learning that takes place in the child's previous phase. With this in mind, we also have a one week placement in a partnership primary school where you can experience the teaching of phonics, literacy, and numeracy. In addition, you will gain an understanding of how your own subject specialism begins and what transition and progression arrangements may be put in to place.
At the OAKS you will also gain other vital school or education related experiences. You will:
The OAKS offers a very diverse and exciting spread of experiences which should enable you to gain very valuable experience to take to your first NQT placement school – i.e. your first job! We will keep in touch through this year and offer even more continuing support.
All applicants to ITT training are required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfill their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. These tests:
As of 14th February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. This means that the previous 2-year lockout period will be removed and candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects again.
Furthermore, from 14th February 2018, all candidates will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from their fourth test attempt per subject.
More information is available online at http://sta.education.gov.uk/. Alternatively, Tests can be booked through Learndirect's helpline, which is available Monday to Friday on 0300 3039613.