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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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2019 Theme: “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made […]

Keele Session

Keele Sessions – 08th February 2019

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Last Friday, our trainees were in Keele again.  This time the morning session was delivered by Jodie and Kate, who joined us as part of The Autism Education Trust Schools Programme. The Autism Education Trust (AET) is a not for profit programme led by two […]

Keele Session

Keele Sessions (Monday 04th Feb 2019)

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Yesterday saw the return of our trainees to Keele, with sessions on the ‘Tracking of Evidence’ and ‘Considering the Whole Child’. The morning session was delivered by Dave Da Silva, who discussed the trainees logging and organising of their evidence and using this to drive […]

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Mt. Cleverest – Trail the first textbook built by robots!

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The OAKS have recently been contacted by the new content manager at Mt. Cleverest regarding their fantastic new EdTech resource.  Even more impressive, is the fact that it’s a free resource too! Mt. Cleverest is a totally free online textbook built by our robot (AI).  […]

Training & CPD

Free NASUWT Training Event for students and NQTs – Creativity in the Classroom 23rd March 2019

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NASUWT are running a free training event for students and NQT. The Creativity in the Classroom event is on Saturday 23rd March at the University of Chester, Riverside Campus.  They would like to invite both students and NQTs to attend.  The poster (download here) outlines […]

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Teacher recruitment and retention strategy

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The Department for Education (DfE) have just released their strategy for recruiting and retaining school teachers in state-funded schools.  The following is taken from their site; Teaching remains a popular career choice for many. We recruited over 2,000 more trainee teachers for the 2018 to 2019 academic […]

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50 EdTechs you need to know

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If you’ve been following our news section, you’ll know that we’ve an interest in EdTech (Educational Technology) and it’s rise in recent years.  Over the last decade, technology has evolved and influenced every sector, and the education sector is no different.  By 2020, the global market […]

School

Subject Experts Day

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As previously posted, our trainees were ‘out and about’ visiting several schools across the Partnership as part of the Subject Experts Day on 16th January 2019. Drama trainee, Madison Shirley, explained how the Drama group “focused on devising from a stimulus, we explored possible stimuli […]

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Chemistry Subject Expert Day at Walton High School

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Last Wednesday (16th January 2019), our Chemistry trainees were out at Walton High School with their Subject Expert, Meg Riley. Chemistry trainee, Kelly Boland, explained how Meg was “was only too happy to share her pearls of wisdom with the team for getting the pupils […]

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Biology Subject Expert Day at Sir Graham Balfour

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Last Wednesday (16th January 2019) saw the Biology trainees return to Sir Graham Balfour to learn about dissection and ethics with Subject Expert, Beth Collins. Biology trainee, Neville Bradshaw who attended the day, explained that “in Biology it is important that we can demonstrate the […]

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New Ofsted Education Inspection Framework 2019 – Consultation Period Now Open

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Ofsted seeks your views on our proposals for changes to the education inspection framework from September 2019.  This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 5 April 2019. Alongside this consultation, Ofsted have published the following materials: draft education inspection framework 2019 draft inspection handbooks for early […]

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Safer Internet Day 2019 – 5th February 2019

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Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the theme: Together for a better internet. Last year Safer Internet Day was the biggest yet! With more than a thousand organisations and schools across the UK getting involved to help […]

Training & CPD

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Day 2019

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Last Wednesday, our trainees were out visiting Partnership schools as part of this years EAL (English as an Additional Language) Day.  This annual event, hosted by four of our schools is always very well received and allowed our trainees to develop an understanding of the […]

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The OAKS News Turns One Year Old!

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Since we decided to create this page back in January of last year, our aim has been to showcase some of the highlights of the course and to give our trainees an opportunity to reflect on their achievements, and those of their peers. It’s now […]

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Back to School for The OAKS

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Finally the day we’ve all dreaded is back upon us.  That’s right….. the start of a new term at school!  It’s time to think about maybe slowing down on the 6 course meals, binge watching box sets until 3 in the morning and limiting the […]

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Happy New Year from The OAKS

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We’d like to wish all of you out there a happy new year!  May your 2019 be a fabulous one!  Now what are you waiting for………

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Merry Christmas from The OAKS

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To all of our trainees, hopefully you’re putting your feet up,  relaxing by the fire and preparing yourselves to eat your own body weight everyday for the remainder of the holidays.   Whatever you do, try not to think about January 7th and your return to […]

Keele Session

Languages Christmas Nibbles – Farhaan Approved!

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Our Languages Subject Expert and OAKS Assistant Deputy Director, Kate Smith and her team of Languages trainee, kindly hosted some Christmas ‘nibbles’ for the rest of our cohort this afternoon. Everyone was in good spirits, with everyone discussing their final week in school and the […]