The OAKS Initial Teacher Training – applications remain open for Sept 2020

The OAKS graduates

Ormiston Academies Trust runs a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) facility with Keele University called The OAKS. The OAKS is an Ofsted outstanding rated provider, serving as many non-OAT schools as it does OAT schools. As such it is one of the largest SCITT providers in the country.

If you’re thinking of training to teach look no further than @InitialOAKS. I’ve grown and laughed so much since September, I couldn’t be more grateful. What a year it’s been…



The OAKS would like to reassure those who are considering applying for our Initial Teacher Training programme next year that we are still recruiting and would be delighted to hear from you.

Obviously the health and wellbeing of all potential trainees and staff are paramount, so in view of this there may be a slight delay in arranging interviews. However, we are still able to process applications and update candidates on whether they will be called for interview. We look forward to receiving your application.

Following the government update on UK strategies to manage Covid-19, all of our initial interviews will now be run online and we will endeavour to meet the needs of our applicants through web-based software. If you have any queries related to this, please contact Kate Brown at or on 01782 733130.

Applying to The OAKS hubs for places via UCAS

All applications for PGCE/School Direct/School Direct Salaried must be made via an online application through UCAS Teacher Training. You are advised to apply as early as possible for courses beginning the following autumn as a number of courses fill quickly. Places are allocated by the DfE to each Initial Teacher Education Provider and these are limited.

If anyone’s thinking about teacher training, seriously consider @InitialOaks. It’s hard, hard work but the team at The OAKS will always have your back. Applications are still open and interviews being done remotely!


Our partnership is split into hubs (geographical areas) and these are where our numbers are allocated. These are:

  • Cheshire Hub: Schools in the East Cheshire region, the provider code on UCAS is 18U and the lead school is Brine Leas High School.
  • Staffordshire Hub: Schools in the Newcastle and surrounding areas, the provider code on UCAS is 1JA and the lead school is Blackfriars Teaching Alliance.
  • Stafford Hub: Schools in the Stafford area, the provider code on UCAS is 1WB and the lead school is Sir Graham Balfour School.
  • Stoke Hub: Schools in the Stoke-on-Trent region and surrounding areas, the provider code is 1UV and the lead school is Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy.
  • Birmingham & Black Country Hub: Schools in the Birmingham region, the provider code is 9J3 and the lead school is Fairfax Academy in Sutton Coldfield.

Apply directly to The OAKS

You can also apply directly to The OAKS; our provider code is 24P.

Regardless of which of the entry routes you apply to, the accredited training provider for each programme is The OAKS and the outcome is the same:

  • Recommendation for QTS – awarded by The OAKS
  • PGCE Academic Award – awarded by Keele University

For further information that explains the process in more detail, please see The Application Process, on The OAKS website. If you have any queries related to applications for 2020/21 or any other questions, please contact Kate Brown at or on 01782 733130. We look forward to hearing from you.

Highly recommend Initial Teacher Training with @InitialOaks. If you’re considering doing a #PGCE, they are still accepting applications for next year. The team are amazing and supportive, focusing on helping to develop well-rounded teachers. #historyteacher#traineeteacher