About the course
Are you looking for a career that will enable you to use your skills in D&T to encourage young people to explore, challenge and understand the world in which they live through? If so, our Secondary D&T Technology is for you.
D&T covers a number of subject specialisms and encompasses the teaching of designing, making and evaluative skills as well as developing technical knowledge. It involves working with in a range of materials and processes including resistant materials, systems and control, CAD/CAM, textiles, food technology and hospitality. You would be expected to specialise in one of these areas and develop skills in a range of the others. As a trainee you will learn how to teach design technology to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, you will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching design technology through a combination of subject expert sessions and school-led training.
You’ll specialise in the subject you studied for your undergraduate degree (such as food, textiles or product design) but you’ll also learn practical skills across the full curriculum.
The course is often tailored to the areas of weakness identified by trainees at the start of the course. However, typically these topics have included:
o Technology in the classroom
o Assessment opportunities in the classroom
o Risk assessment and Health & Safety
o Planning for practical lessons and classroom management
o Skills and technique workshop for KS3
o Building resources for KS3
o Core Technology for KS4
o The Design Process – interactive design – links across Technology (RM, TX, GR)
o Delivery of NEA’s
o Specialist Techniques KS4/KS5
All aspects of the subject are addressed during the course, including meeting the requirements of the NC and national initiatives such as Assessment for Learning (AfL). With focused study of D&T at post-16 you will not only be equipped to teach pupils and students in the 11-16 age range but will have opportunities to gain experience of teaching at the 16-19 level.
These sessions are delivered by a D&T Subject Expert in schools, therefore you are required to travel to Stafford for the delivery of these sessions.
To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative practitioner, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working.
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. We always carry out our interviews in one of our partnership schools, where you will be expected to teach either a class or a small group of their students for 15 minutes. 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. 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!
How school placements work
We will send you to two secondary schools where you will receive an 11-16 experience; the length of time spent in both of these placements is the same. Hopefully they will give you two very different experiences; one maybe in a small town or rural setting the other could be in an inner city. 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 have a very large partnership in over five counties; one will have schools close to you. 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. When we visit our EAL schools we put on mini buses so nothing could be simpler.
Many of you will have applied to one of our 5 hubs (geographical zones); this usually dictates the schools that you will be placed in. Through evaluations all of our partnership schools are deemed to be at least "very good training experiences" for our trainee teachers. 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.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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)
- Residential trip.
In 2019/20 the total price for the above was £115, at this moment in time we are unable to confirm the price for 2020/21, 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.
You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Entry to the programme is conditional on the following:
o achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent);
o passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent)
o successful completion of The OAKS internal tests in Literacy and Numeracy (please note these replace the online Professional Skills tests which were withdrawn in October 2019);
- 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.
- Trainees who are able to inspire their learners and create an environment where everyone wants to succeed.
- Candidates who show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in 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 students.
o a medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
o a completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by The OAKS;
o 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).
About the training provider
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) is judged to be a ‘good’ school and are committed to teaching future professionals. We work within a Hub of schools, within the S-o-T, these are:
Chesterton Community High School, The Co-operative S-o-T Academy, Endon High School, Haywood Academy, Ormiston Horizon Academy, Ormiston Meridan Academy and Thistley Hough Academy.
Data from last year
94% successfully completed the programme
90% gained employment
100% of the cohort achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’
96% of our trainees rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’
We work closely with The OAKS as our accredited provider this is a genuine partnership between our hub of schools, The OAKS and Keele University, which ensures relevant and up to date training. The OAKS and the Stoke of schools believes that we are an extremely caring and friendly organisation and will, at all times, provide help, encouragement and support, whenever it is needed. At the end of the programme you will obtain QTS from The OAKS and a PGCE Academic Award from Keele.
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, including observation teaching in alternative educational settings such as EAL, PRU, Special and Independent Schools.
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 five local authorities: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham and Cheshire.
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.
Our programme was rated 17th out of over 200 Teacher Training providers across the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
OSSMA, Beaconsfield Drive, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 3JD
The Co-operative Academy of Stoke on Trent
Westport Road, Stoke on Trent ST6 4LD
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