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25 Years Researching Teaching and Learning – The Teachers Toolkit

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Is it possible to capture 25 years of teaching and learning in a 3-minute read, or in a one-page summary?  The following article taken from The Teachers Toolkit shows how (see exert below). “Over the past 12 months, I have been sharing my 25 years […]

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International Men’s Day – November 19th

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19th November is International Men’s Day.   International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. They highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being. A huge number of men experience extreme pressure to conform to a […]

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I said yes to a day’s supply at a PRU. What happened? Well…

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There was a second at the end of the day when I thought my hands were stained with blood. It turned out to be red ink, writes one supply teacher. Typically, when things go wrong during my day – when the IT systems pack up, when […]

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The OAKS Languages Trainees Drop by

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Today saw The OAKS Languages trainees spent the day discussing and trying out creative ways of introducing and practicing grammar points. Grammar is often seen as difficult and not very relevant by pupils yet it is vital to know how to put sentences together in […]

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Train to Teach Event – Manchester

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Last night, The OAKS was represented at the ‘Train to Teach’, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. The event, which ran between 10am and 4pm, was extremely well-attended, with a constant stream of visitors inquiring into teacher training at The OAKS.  Our stall was staffed by OAKS […]

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The OAKS are now on Youtube!

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What a week it’s been already! We’ve been busily working away, tirelessly promoting The OAKS and hopefully getting our message out to the masses! Monday saw premiere our new promotional video, created by Ian Wilkinson and Design3i, on our website.  After months in the making, we […]

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Keele Session – Applying for jobs and preparing for interviews

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Our trainees were back with us again today, with a morning session delivered by our director, Rob Tweats, OAKS Personal Tutor, Mike Bambury and Head of the Strategic Board at The OAKS and deputy head at Walton High School, Dr. Jo Rowley.   During the session, they outlined […]

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Green light to cut pointless lesson planning

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Trainee teachers should focus on using existing resources rather than developing their own plans for every lesson they teach, new Department for Education advice says. The guidance comes in a report which highlights areas where initial teacher education(ITE) providers should reduce workload for trainees, NQTs and […]

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The OAKS are now on Twitter (@InitialOaks)

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We’re now on Twitter (@InitialOaks).  We will be adding some more tweets within the coming weeks to highlight some of the fantastic practice and events that are taking place within The OAKS and our Partnership schools, along with links to news items of importance. Click […]

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Make Remembrance Day memorable

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Remembrance Day is an important annual event worldwide and 2018 holds an ever greater significance as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War and the close of the centenary. It is therefore important to encourage students to be […]

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World Science Day for Peace and Development – 10th November

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World Science Day for Peace and Development is an internationally celebrated day to highlight the importance of science in and for society and that science, peace and development are interlinked. Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role […]

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‘Pupils shouldn’t have a say in behaviour policy’

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All schools should have a steadfast behaviour policy that is clear, consistent and easy for staff and students to follow. The creation of that policy, though, is never easy.  Click here to continue reading Katie White’s article in the TES.

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Behaviour management: ‘8 lessons I have learned’

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In a recent article for the TES, Laura George shares the behaviour-management skills she has developed in the 10 years following her teacher training.  Click here to read the article.

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‘Rewards don’t improve school attendance’

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It’s the first day back after half-term and many young people may be feeling reluctant about returning for the start of the run up to Christmas.  In many schools there are deliberate attempts to boost attendance by giving rewards, school prizes and commendations to those […]

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Trainee Announcement: New SurveyMonkey Questionnaire

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Just a reminder to all of our trainees that Andy Clifton has sent out a request for completion of a ‘Surveymonkey’ questionnaire.   Please can all current trainees ensure that they fill this out and take the time to share their thoughts on it. Can we […]

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The OAKS Promotional Video – World Premiere!

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If you’ve been following this blog (in all of it’s forms), then you may recall we were filming for a promotional video for The OAKS.  We began filming for the new video back in February of this year, with several filming sessions in many of […]

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#SmileUntilChristmas: teachers’ top 10 wellbeing tips

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Teachers’ wellbeing: it’s discussed, it’s analysed, it’s researched and it’s dissected under a microscope. Maybe poor professional mental health is down to the workload crisis, maybe it’s because of budget cuts, or maybe it’s due to the strictures of the accountability regime.  One thing is certain, however – it’s […]

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The benefits of learning outside the classroom

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When you’re taking children out on a school trip, there’s always a moment where you become acutely aware that the comforting four walls of your classroom aren’t there anymore. On the one hand, you’re swapping out your daily structure and certainty – and as a teacher, […]