The OAKS is an Ofsted Outstanding (2016) and innovative SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme) which links Keele University and OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust) with a long established partnership of schools in five local authorities: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham and Cheshire.
Within the 5 regions are 5 hubs named:
OSSMA (Stoke on Trent and surrounding areas)
Stafford Hub (Stafford and surrounding areas)
Blackfriars Teaching Alliance (Newcastle, Shropshire and surrounding area schools)
Brine Leas High School (East Cheshire Schools)
Fairfax Academy (Birmingham and surround areas)
The OAKS course is based in the beautiful green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE and QTS from The OAKS.
You are important to us and many support structures are in place for this challenging, but very rewarding course. It is our aim to produce highly motivated, creative, successful and reflective teachers. Such teachers, we know, will be in great demand both in the local region and nationally.
You will be placed in two placements, where you will put theory into practice. In addition, The OAKS also gives you the opportunity to observe teaching in alternative educational settings such as EAL, PRU, Special and Independent Schools.
Programme Data from 2018/9 across all our hubs:
94% successfully completed the programme, of which
90% of our trainees gained employment
100% of the cohort achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’
96& of our trainees rated our programme as 'outstanding' or 'good'.