The OAKS

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British teacher wins million-dollar Global Teacher Prize

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Andria Zafirakou from London lifts the Global Teacher Prize after beating 30,000 other entries from 173 countries. We previously posted comments made by Bill Gates regarding our profession during the announcement of the finalists for this global prize, as the announcements for the finalists were […]

Training & CPD

50 Ways to Use Technology Enhanced Learning by Peter Atherton

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The importance of reading is something that we promote with our pupils on a daily basis, with details of the books that are currently being read by individual teachers being posted on classroom doors all across the country. As teachers, we recognise the need for […]

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The OAKS Experience Turns 30!

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Since we decided to create this page back in January of this 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. We’ve reached […]

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Bill Gates – A great teacher can be ‘the most important factor’

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As yet another cold spell hits the UK, the number of timetabled lessons increase and exam season looms on the horizon, it’s not difficult to see why this time of the year can be quite stressful for all teachers. Our trainees are also still ‘finding […]

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30th Anniversary of Pi Day

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Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant ?. Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of ?. As we are all teachers of numeracy, how will you incorporate this into your […]

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Filming for The OAKS Promotional Video (Day Two)

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The OAKS will continue with the filming for the new promotional video over the next few weeks. We are excited to be working with Ian Wilkinson and Design3i again, who have been treating us to ‘sneak previews’ of the footage captured already. During the day […]

School

Mountain Biking With Burton PRU

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Yesterday, half of our current cohort of trainees joined the Burton Pupil Referral Unit staff for a guided mountain bike ride at Cannock Chase. Throughout the day, the group took part in the cycling activity and then attended a ‘classroom-based’ session, where they discussed the […]

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Phase 3 Starts Today….. Good Luck!

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May we wish all of our trainees the best of luck in starting their Phase 3 placements this morning. We also wish to thank all of our partnership schools for hosting them and for their continued support of The OAKS and our trainee teachers. We […]

Training & CPD

Independent Learning CPD @ The Earls High School

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The Earls High School wish to invite you to an Independent Learning CPD session on Monday 12th March. Getting the balance right between covering course content and creating independent learners is a real challenge. This 2 hour session begins to explore some of the ways […]

Training & CPD

SEND & Alternative Educational Provision Carousel Week

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Last week, our trainees took part in the SEND and Alternative Provision Carousel Week. These short-term placements allowed them to gain other vital school or education related experiences, that differs from those provided in mainstream schools. During the week, trainees were able to visit a […]

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Castaway

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On a cold, February day, seven English trainees from the OAKS, transported a group of Year 9 boys to an exotic location: a classroom in one of our Partnership schools was transformed into a desert island paradise. There were palm trees, colourful flowers and, playing […]

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Subject Experts Day @ Walton High School

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Walton High School recently played host to two of our Subject Expert sessions, namely Music and Business Studies. Music Subject Expert, Val Lewis, and the trainees explored the common approaches to the teaching of Music within the curriculum and explained how the trainees can use […]

Training & CPD

History and English at Ormiston Meridian Academy

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Ormiston Meridian Academy were the kind hosts of both the History and our English trainees today. English Subject Expert, Jamie Peacock, alongside OAKS Tutor, Mike Bambury, and the English trainees, ran a writing workshop, with pupils moving around the room to different stations developing their […]

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Anyone for Algae?

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Beth Collins, our Biology Subject Expert from Sir Graham Balfour, provided our trainees with another practical session, modelling how these experiments would be applied within the trainees’ lessons. May we thank Beth and everyone involved at Sir Graham Balfour for kindly allowing us to film […]

Keele Session

Subject Experts Spotted at Keele

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Our Physics trainees were treated to a session at Keele Observatory by their Subject Expert, Jess Turner. Jess, who teaches at Walton High School, discussed how to capture the interests of the pupils and provided practical strategies for learning outside of the classroom. Other Keele-based […]

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Drama at OSSMA

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Our recent Subject Expert day provided our trainees’ with opportunity to reflect with their subject-based peers and explore practical advice/strategies gained from the subject experts themselves. Angie Fleming, our Subject Expert for Drama, kindly allowed us to film a small section of her session at […]

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Lights, Camera and Action!

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The OAKS began filming for the new promotional video today. We are excited to be working with Ian Wilkinson and Design3i, who will be creating the final product. Ian and his team have worked with a huge number of educational organisations previously, with breathtaking results […]

Keele Session

Teaching Session @ Keele

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Today saw our trainees back at Keele for another session. Rob Tweats (Director of The OAKS) and Dave Da Silva (OAKS Personal Tutor) provided an overview of the third phase of training and strategies for a positive start.