The OAKS

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

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Getting to Know your New School

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As we close in on the end of the training year, many of our trainee’s already have secured employment for next year, whilst others are busily filling in application forms and securing interviews. Your first job is a chance to make your mark, but avoid […]

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The OAKS Promotional Video – Day Two

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We’d like to extend the invite to our current trainee’s to join us for filming a short ‘Keele based’ section of the video. We’ll be filming between 3pm & 4pm on Wednesday 23rd May. If you wish to be involved in any capacity, even if […]

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A Beautiful Day in Keele

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I couldn’t resist posting this image of Keele Hall on this beautiful day. Our trainee’s are in school today, however, when you work on such a beautiful campus, it’s nice to get out of the office for lunch and enjoy this backdrop.

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Countdown to Completion

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Our current cohort of trainees are nearly there! It’s been another amazing year here at The OAKS, with our trainee and our partnership going ‘over and above’ for us. However, all good (well, Outstanding) things must come to an end and our trainees have their […]

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Assessment – what are inspectors looking at?

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Sean Hartford (Ofsted, National Director, Education) posted a blog yesterday on what Ofsted are looking for in school assessment when inspecting. This is a short piece, and well worth reading (Please click here): “When it comes to inspection, inspectors are looking to see that a […]

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NQT Interview Evening @ Etihad Stadium

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On Thursday 10th May, Teach In are running a recruitment event (4pm to 9pm), where Headteachers from across the North West area are attending to conduct short, informal interviews with trainee teachers for their schools. They run a few of these events a year and […]

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NQT Interview Evening – West Midlands – 3rd May 2018 – Villa Park

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Thursday 3rd May 2018, 4pm to 9pm Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham As with the previous post, Teach In are running another specialist event for Secondary trainee teachers to meet Headteachers and other SLT members from a large number of schools across the West Midlands, who […]

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A guide to surviving your first five years in the classroom

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Please visit this link to read how one experienced teacher gives his top tips on how to survive and thrive during your first five years of teaching.

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The Rise of Edtech – The benefits of Kahoot! in the Classroom

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There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people. Schools now spend £900m on education technology every year, and […]

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Lesson Planning Trainee Survey

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Yesterday we sent out a SurveyMonkey email to all of our trainees, where they can feedback on the new lesson plan. Please can all trainees ensure that they fill this out and take the time to share their thoughts on it. Can we also request […]

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Working Together on Workload

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“Two things are clear. Nobody intentionally sets out to create unnecessary workload, and everybody involved in education – from Government ministers to classroom teachers – has a role to play in reducing the burden.” The following video was released by the Department for Education and […]

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Exam boards ask students and NQTs to mark GCSE and A-level exam papers

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The call comes after a recent report revealed that 7,000 more markers would be ‘needed to cope with exam reforms’. Exam board AQA is calling on both PhD and PGCE student teachers to help mark this year’s GCSE and A-level exams in English, Geography, Sociology […]

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Clocks Changing & A Solution For Lateness

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Yesterday’s changing of the clocks provided us with a difficult Monday morning, with the alarm going off essentially an hour early! If you’ve found yourself late today, then Keele University have posted a video on their YouTube channel that may help.

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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 […]

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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 […]