The OAKS

"An outstanding secondary teaching training provider" (ofsted 2016)

Mountain Biking and Mindfulness With Burton PRU.

Yesterday our trainees were enjoying a wet but wonderful day mountain biking with Adrian Malone from Burton PRU yesterday. OAKS Administrator, Kate Brown, who attended the day, sent the following write up to accompany the images taken..

The OAKS trainees spent a brilliant day at Birches Valley Forest Centre in Rugeley yesterday experiencing two workshops – Mountain Biking and Mindfulness. The aim of the day was to learn about organising school trips, health and safety considerations and risk assessments. 

The Mountain Biking workshop led by Adrian Malone, Assistant Headteacher from Burton PRU was an exhilarating and very wet activity in the morning, encouraging trainees to push their own boundaries and learn about the essential ingredients of a successful, safe school trip whilst having fun in the beautiful surroundings of Cannock Chase. 

After a warm up session familiarising ourselves with the bikes, we set off winding through the woods on narrow tracks and ‘cardiac hill’ was conquered before a welcome pit stop and hot chocolate in the Cafe.  The homeward strait was mostly downhill before speeding through the stream, just in case any part of us was still dry. The Mindfulness Workshop was run by Sam from Kettlebrook Short Stay School and provided trainees with the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating technique which can have many positive impacts on mental health and general well being. 

The trainees were introduced to The Mindfulness in Schools Project which brings mindfulness into schools and got the opportunity to try some of the techniques for themselves; with some surprising results.  

A big thanks to Adrian, Scott and Simon from Burton PRU and Sam from Kettlebrook Short Stay School for organising such an enjoyable and interactive day for our trainees.  

We’d also like to thank Kate Brown for updating us on this fantastic day.