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Why instant feedback matters

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Receiving feedback is one of the most vital elements of making progress. Find out how and when to give your pupils feedback so that they can learn as much as possible from it Feedback gives pupils information about their learning and progress, as well as a […]

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Top secret: the longer you’re a teacher, the easier it becomes!

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We need to reassure young teachers that, with experience, life in the classroom becomes less stressful, says Mark Enser. Everyone knows that being a teacher is a tough job. The long hours marking, disruptive pupils, sitting up at night planning lessons and trying to keep […]

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5 things you need to know about educational research

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In the rush to become an evidence-informed teacher, it’s easy to overlook the fact that not all academic exploration is equal – and some of it is better, or worse, than it initially appears. Christian Bokhove sets out ways to avoid being suckered by a […]

Keele Session

SEND Sessions @ Keele

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Another Wednesday back in Keele and our trainees are being treated to another two excellent sessions based around the provision of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Gill Hayden, our OAKS Trainee Support Tutor, is running a session on support students with dyslexia and organisational difficulties.  […]

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Refocusing Assessment

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NFER’s (National Foundation for Educational Research) mission is to generate evidence and insights that can be used to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere, and to support positive change across education systems. Their long history, vast experience and pioneering methods have established their reputation as an […]

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Wanted: trainee teachers to plug the shortfall in schools

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The lack of teachers is becoming critical – but generous bursaries are on offer for graduates looking to join the profession. Schools are in crisis. With plummeting teacher training applications and difficulties in recruiting enough staff to fill vacancies, tuition fees, unacceptable workloads and budget […]

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More needs to be done as Initial Teacher Training numbers fall…. but not at The OAKS!

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Teacher recruitment has been a widely reported and challenging issue for the education sector in England for some time. Therefore, yesterday’s release of the latest Initial Teacher Training (ITT) statistics by the Department for Education (DfE), which show a continuing fall in both the number […]

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The OAKS turns 100…. or at least 100 news posts!

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I just happened to notice this afternoon that we were at 99 posts, so why not celebrate The OAKS’s 100th? We are yet to reach the blogs first birthday (09th January), so I thought this mini-milestone was worth noting!  May we thank everyone that’s taken […]

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‘Gifted education might not be dead in the water’

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Targeted education for the gifted looked a thing of the past – but, with Brexit, it could rise again, says James Croft in an article by the Times Educational Supplement. The role of targeted education programmes in stimulating higher achievement among gifted children has been, […]

Trainee Post

Screening of Nicole Hazell & Teamgym (Cancelled due to Event Schedule)

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Nicole Hazell, a current OAKS trainee teacher of PE and on placement at St. Thomas More in Crewe, is a member of Great British National Team.  This weekend, Nicole will be traveling to Portugal to compete as part of the Great British National Team for […]

Trainee Post

Nicole Hazell & Teamgym @ the European Championships in Portugal

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At The OAKS we are extremely proud of all of our cohort, however it’s not every provider that can boast a National gymnast as one of their trainees.  Nicole Hazell, a current OAKS trainee teacher of PE and on placement at St. Thomas More in […]

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World Mental Health Day (10th October)

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The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. At The OAKS, we are dedicated to ensuring that we look after all of our trainees and staff members, with well-published support available for anyone that needs it. The day provides an opportunity […]

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‘Mr Hinds, here’s how to cut teacher workload…’

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The education secretary thinks he can’t do much to tackle teacher workload – but he’s wrong, writes Robin Bevan. Damian Hinds says he can’t do much to reduce teacher workload. We might, at first, take some comfort from this. The education secretary has found himself in […]

Keele Session

Behaviour for Learning Day @ Keele

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Yesterday saw the trainees back at Keele for the ever popular Behaviour for Learning Day.  This year, the sessions were hosted by Mike Glazebrook and Nia Salt.  Mike, a training and behaviour specialist, works predominantly in schools to support staff to work in the best […]

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PM rejects call for 3.5% pay rise for all teachers

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May says there is more money and more pupils in good and outstanding schools Prime minister Theresa May today ignored calls for all teachers to get the 3.5 per cent pay rise recommended by the pay body earlier this year.  She was asked by Labour […]

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60 Minute Makeover (more like 20)

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Who needs Claire Sweeney when you have OPT’s Dave Da Silva & Andy Clifton!  We were tasked with updating one of our classroom displays (thanks Rob!) with some of the trainees work from our Iron Bridge residential.  With little to no time, we weaved our creative […]

Training & CPD

Free Offer of Some Great Modern Languages Resources

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Please note: this is an offer for trainee teachers only, to help support them in their ITE year. Teachit Languages is a growing collection of tried and tested resources for French, German and Spanish, created and shared by teachers. Their materials are language checked by […]

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British values in schools and Ofsted’s role

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Ofsted’s Chief Inspector discussed the importance of promoting British values in schools and their role in making sure this is done well.  Please click here for a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.