The OAKS ensures that you are well trained to teach in the 11-16 age band (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4) of secondary schools and academies. However, we will also ensure that you have some post-16 experience too. During the the programme, you will be allocated two secondary placements, preferably offering a different type of training experience. You may well be placed in contrasting schools: an inner city or urban setting followed by a rural based school or visa versa; one school may have a sixth form and another just 11-16. We have over 40 secondary schools based in 5 geographical areas: Cheshire, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham and Shropshire. One of them will be perfect for you!
We feel strongly that to become an expert practitioner in the age group you have selected, you must have a secure knowledge of the type of learning that takes place in the child's previous phase. With this in mind, we also have a one week placement in a partnership primary school where you can experience the teaching of phonics, literacy, and numeracy. In addition, you will gain an understanding of how your own subject specialism begins and what transition and progression arrangements may be put in to place.
At the OAKS you will also gain other vital school or education related experiences. You will:
- visit a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
- spend time in a special school for SEND experience
- have a MAPP (multi –agency placements) entitlement – e.g. welfare officers, etc
- explore EAL (English as an additional language) in multi-cultural partnership schools
The OAKS offers a very diverse and exciting spread of experiences which should enable you to gain very valuable experience to take to your first NQT placement school – i.e. your first job! We will keep in touch through this year and offer even more continuing support.
The OAKS team wish to support you and maintain a caring environment which we hope that you will offer to your future pupils.