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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. The programme places you in to two secondary placements, preferably offering a different type of training experience. So you may well be placed in an inner city or urban setting followed by a rural based school. 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 that you are training to teach in you must have a secure knowledge of what learning 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 phonics, literacy, and numeracy and gain an understanding of how your own subject specialism begins and what transition and progression arrangements may be put in to place.

There will also be a two day (one night) residential at the beginning of the course to learn about how trips out of school can be successful in enhancing pupil progress and confidence with peers and adults away from their home and school environment.

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 want support you and maintain a caring environment which we hope that you will offer to your future pupils.