About the course
In our current dynamic world of digital technology, and in light of the Government’s commitment to promoting technology – the course is designed to offer an approach which incorporates both the ‘legacy’ ICT courses with newer, dynamic, cutting-edge computing courses and also satisfies the current NC Requirements for the subject. Enabling you to motivate, engage and inform pupils.
Our studies are structured around Computing in the NC and consider the needs of teachers, the needs of pupils in schools and colleges, school requirements, and the requirements of commerce and industry.
The course content includes the understanding and application of the following: –
(1) the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science and of computational thinking, including abstraction; decomposition; critical thinking; logical reasoning; algorithms and data representation.
(2) The analysis of problems in computational terms, through the practical experience of solving such problems – including designing, writing, and debugging computer programs.
(3) Gaining knowledge of a variety of software applications and programming languages, using a practical approach. Typical languages range might be Java, C, Visual Basic, Scratch, Python, ASP, Pascal, Logo, and development tools would include Access, App makers, Visual Studio, Macromedia Studio, and Movie Maker, dependent on your placement schools.
(4) how to harness the power of modern technology and think creatively, analytically, critically and logically, in order to devise novel solutions to problems:
Modern problem solution = critical thinking plus computing power
(5) the components that make up the different types of digital system and how they communicate with each other and with other systems
(6) the impact of technology, relative to both the individual and also to wider society
(7) mathematical skills relative to the computer science e.g. binary number system.
The course also considers the following pedagogical aspects:
Exam technique: looking in some detail at how we prepare our students for their exams and practical tasks, how pupils are assessed, and how to manage and record assessments efficiently. As a computer expert, you will be encouraged to develop your own expertise in the use of Digital Technologies.
You will be encouraged to create a dynamic and creative atmosphere within your classroom, given insight into how to work well in a practical environment and how to make use of other qualified adults. To help create such an environment, you need to be both enthusiastic and well organised!
These sessions are delivered at The OAKS at Keele University.
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 health assessment
- Purchasing of Bristol Guide - Handbook for Educational Professionals (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 could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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:
1) achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) where at least 40% of the credits gained directly relate to the subject you wish to teach;
2) passes at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent);
3) 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.
1) a medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
2) a completed DBS Enhanced Disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by The OAKS;
3) 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
Fairfax Academy is a popular 11-18 comprehensive school in Sutton Coldfield. Fairfax Academy’s values are built around hard work and opportunity; we believe that every child attending Fairfax will have the chance to thrive in an atmosphere where high expectations meet endless possibilities. The Academy’s staff are knowledgeable and skilled and ensure that every child, regardless of starting point, is supported to optimize his/her academic achievements. The Academy aims to promote a sense of pride in students, through students taking personal responsibility in delivering excellence! We are Fairfax and we are proud of it!
Achieving excellence in teaching and learning is at the forefront of all professional development at Fairfax. All teachers and support staff have the opportunity to develop their profession, through coaching, mentoring, targeted CPD and training. We are pleased to be in partnership with The OAKS to deliver Initial Teacher Training to the teachers of tomorrow.
We work with a hub of schools across the West Midlands region which are: George Salter Academy in West Bromwich; Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath; Ormiston NEW Academy in Wolverhampton; Ormiston Sandwell Academy in Oldbury; Ormiston Shelfield Academy in Walsall; Ormiston SWB Academy in Bilston; Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Tenbury Wells; Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Birmingham
Programme Data from last year:-
*94% of trainees successfully completed the programme
*90% of our trainees gained employment
*100% of the cohort achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’
*96% of our trainees rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’
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 a 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 support includes signposting to services who can help you, through to developing individualised learning plans which may extend beyond the course date to enable you to successfully complete the programme.
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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.
Ormiston NEW Academy
Marsh Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 6SE
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy
Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands WS4 1BW
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy
Hydes Road , Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 0DR
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