The Secondary Initial Teacher Education Programme at The OAKS has been designed to be both academic and vocational. It is predicated on the requirements to provide challenging expectations of you as a Trainee Teacher to create a teaching and learning environment which will engage your interest and motivation. The broad aims of the main curriculum component of the programme are to:
develop your Subject Knowledge and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy);
enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding, effective, creative and reflective practitioner;
prepare you for a career in teaching that will prove to be successful and rewarding;
develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the National Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
The programme places you in to two secondary placements, preferably offering a different type of training environment but at The OAKS you will also gain other vital experiences such as:
A week’s placement in a Primary school
Visiting 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.
EAL (English as an additional language) in multi-cultural partnership schools
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.
To supplement the University programme, each week you will also attend CPD sessions at our Partnership Schools where you will be taught by highly experienced tutors on a wide range of topics. These weekly sessions are also an excellent opportunity to network and share experiences with other trainees .
The programme offers a very diverse and exciting spread of experiences which should enable you to gain very valuable experience to take to your first school as an NQT. We will keep in touch through this year and offer even more continuing support. The OAKS team wants to support you and maintain a caring environment which we hope that you will eventually offer to your future pupils.
For further information regarding the specific programme content for individual subjects, please see The OAKS website (theoaks.org.uk)
You will undertake two secondary school placements during the programme. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that you are placed in your chosen school, this cannot be guaranteed.
All of the schools in the North Staffordshire and Shropshire Hub are incredibly experienced in welcoming and nurturing Trainee Teachers. From day one you will be made to feel part of the team and will be surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to making a difference. As well as receiving excellent support from our mentors in school, all Trainee Teachers within the partnership are offered a weekly CPDT Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPDT sessions offer Trainee Teachers the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are experts in their field and also allows time to share best practice and network.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Clayton Hall Academy
Clayton Lane, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 3DN
Madeley High School
Newcastle Road, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 0JJ
Ostend Place, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2QY
Sir Thomas Boughey High school
Station Road, Halmer End, Staffordshire, ST7 8AP
The Grove School
Newcastle Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1HF
The Orme Academy
Milehouse Lane, Wolstanton, Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5 9JU
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
The OAKS offers candidates the opportunity to train and develop as a subject specialist. A minimum of 40% of the credits obtained from your degree must be directly related to the subject you wish to train to teach.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for energetic and skilled individuals who have a real passion and commitment to working with children and young people.
We are looking for individuals who:
Are good at explaining things to others;
Enjoy working with a wide range of people;
Have a strong knowledge in particular subject areas;
Are good time-managers;
Have the ability to work in a team as well as using your own initiative;
Keep cool under pressure;
Have patience and a good sense of humour;
Cope well with change;
Enjoy a challenge.
a medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by The OAKS;
successful completion of a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in a secondary school/college during the last two years. This could be either before or after selection (undertaking this before the selection process commences will strengthen your application).
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.
Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.
With The OAKS there is a pre-course fee which covers
Enhanced DBS check
Fitness to teach
Purchasing of Bristol Guide (reduced cost from The OAKS)
In 2022/23 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2023/24, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.
There is also a possibility of undertaking a First Aid course and / or a P4C (Philosophy for Children) course, these are optional and may incur an additional fee.
About the training provider
By offering the opportunity to embark on a Teaching Career with Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, we know that by recruiting the very best individuals who are committed to the profession, we will make a positive difference to the lives of future generations. Such a strong moral compass highlights that ‘collaboration and networking’ are at the core of our Teaching School Alliance and recognises the importance of working together for ‘the greater good’.
We have a strong partnership of schools covering Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. All of our schools are incredibly experienced in welcoming and nurturing Trainee Teachers. From day one you will be made to feel part of the team and will be surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to making a difference.
As well as receiving excellent support from our mentors in school, all Secondary Trainee Teachers within our partnership are offered a weekly CPD Programme which supplements the University programme. These CPD sessions offer Trainee Teachers the opportunity to learn from practitioners who are experts in their field and also allows time to share best practice and network.
During current Covid-19 restrictions, visits to schools are difficult. Therefore potential applicants are encouraged to make contact with partner schools to discuss any questions they may have.
Our selection process is a two way process where you can find out if the OAKS is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a good/outstanding secondary teacher. Due to the recent pandemic we carry out interviews either online, or at Keele or in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to present/teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes or present online. The students give us feedback on your lesson, which we share with you during a formal interview. This focuses on your lesson, your subject knowledge and your commitment to teach. There are also written tasks for you to complete; these include a written subject specific activity and a generic writing task. The whole process should take no more than half a day at the school/online. You are interviewed by partnership school staff and OAKS tutors, who will talk through the programme and school placements. There will always be plenty of time for you to ask questions and the decision as to whether you are accepted on to the course is usually made on the same day (this may vary depending on the subject/time of year).
We want the interview to be a very positive experience for you. Please arrive promptly and formal dress is expected. We look forward to meeting you!
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
As an organisation we are experienced in supporting students with additional needs. Please contact Blackfriars to discuss, in confidence, any reasonable adjustments that need to be made to support you in your chosen career.
Madeley High School Newcastle Road Crewe Cheshire CW3 9JJ
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
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get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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