The OAKS Physics course is built upon Physics in the National Curriculum, the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the needs of Trainee Teachers, pupils and schools. Physics sessions will essentially look at ways of teaching Physics content through the 11-18 age range. Typical topics for Physics sessions include:
o Safety and risk assessment in the science laboratory; working with a technician
o Producing resources and getting students to prepare their own resources to make progress through keys and classification
o Assessment for Learning (AFL) through the medium of the changes of state, energy transfers and efficiency
o Modelling Physics through practical demonstrations and through student-initiated modelling in the context of electrical current, circuits and forces.
o Developing students mathematical skills through the equations of motion, Velocity-Time and Displacement-Time graphs and Newton’s Laws.
o Developing collaborative learning practices through the
topic of Earth, Space and The Solar System.
o Revisit models to overcome barriers to learning with more difficult concepts in Physics.
o Developing practical skills and students abilities to take precise measurements in support of their investigations into a Physical phenomenon.
o The Physics of waves – The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Properties of Light and Sound and the Wave Equation.
o Exam technique – how do we prepare our students for the exam?
An important part of the course is learning how to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils. They need to be conducted in a well-organised way with a positive approach to control. You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations since strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a Physics laboratory are considered and discussed.
These sessions are delivered by a Physics Subject Expert in school.
We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two very different experiences. We make sure that you also receive a pre and post phase enhancement so you will be placed in a primary school for one week and gain experience in a post-16 environment (possibly in one of your secondary placements). We are very proud of our alternative education placements that we arrange for you on our programme. Hopefully you will gain experience in an EAL school, pupil referral unit (PRU), special school and maybe an independent school.
Travel to and from your placements is always a key concern and we make every effort to make sure that you can easily commute to your schools. We guarantee that you will never have to travel more than 75 minutes. In fact, most of our trainees travel well under an hour to their teaching experiences, with many training in the town they live.
We train and then monitor all of our school based mentors and the quality of our school’s provision annually; so rest assured that you will have a good teaching experience with us at the OAKS.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
East Bergholt High School
Heath Road, East Bergholt, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6RJ
Ormiston Sudbury Academy
Tudor Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1NW
Stour Valley Community School
Cavendish Road, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 8PJ
Stowmarket High School
Onehouse Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1QR
Stowupland High School
Church Road, Stowupland, Suffolk, IP14 4BQ
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in physics 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.
Passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent)
Highly motivated individuals who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people.
Trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with very good subject knowledge.
Who are able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
Candidates that show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in the all aspects of the training course.
Robust, resilient applicants who want to make a difference in the classroom.
People who want to become good or outstanding classroom practitioners, with a desire to improve themselves and their student’s.
a medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the The OAKS;
a 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.
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 2020/1 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2022/23, but do not foresee this increasing dramatically.
About the training provider
The OAKS Suffolk is based at Ormiston Sudbury Academy in Sudbury, Suffolk and is steered by a collaborative working partnership between a number of schools in Sudbury, Clare, Ipswich, Hadleigh and Stowmarket. The schools have a combined wealth of experience and an excellent local reputation for supporting teacher training of the highest quality. This new venture acting as a hub for the Outstanding and widely respected OAKS SCITT based at Keele University, will ensure a highly personalised and rewarding pathway through initial teacher training.
Trainees will be placed in one of the schools in Suffolk, enabling them to benefit from the experience of the OAKs Suffolk tutors and the OAKs team based at Keele University. We also strive to create great recruitment and further professional development opportunities at the end of the training year.
Our aim is to ensure that trainees come into the profession with a high level of readiness to change lives in our local schools and act as part of the solution to the challenging recruitment picture in the area. With this in mind we will ensure there are many support structures in place for this challenging but very rewarding course to enable you to successfully gain QTS and a PGCE(m) Academic Award.
About the accredited body
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 various hubs across the UK.
It is an innovative and intensive one year course during which trainees will complete both the Teaching Standards, gaining QTS certification and obtain a Keele University PGCE academic award at either level 6 or 7.
The course is both supportive and enjoyable, with Outstanding success rates well above the national average for the Initial Teacher Training sector.
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 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. 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
We have a dedicated support tutor, who supports our trainees with disability or any other need. It is important to state that they do not assess your teaching performance, this gives you the opportunity to speak honestly about your needs, but also enables the support tutor to have the freedom to help you and visit you; whether you are in placement school or here at The OAKS. This includes signposting through to developing individualised learning plans which may extend beyond the course date to enable you to successfully complete the programme.
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).