Teacher development

Effective continuing professional development (CPD) is at the heart of our work to engage, develop and retain talented staff in the schools in each of our regions.

Our aim is that our CPD adheres to the following key principles:

  • Built around participants’ needs
  • Subject specific content
  • A clear, logical thread
  • Involves explicit discussion, reflection and active research
  • External input
  • Collaborative learning
  • Powerful leadership

At OAT our approach to teacher development is led by The OAKS (our School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) with Keele University) and regional hubs, until the end of this academic year. From September 2024 The OAKS will become Ormiston Teacher Training – please see below.


Ormiston Teacher Training

From September 2024, our approach to teacher education is evolving as we enter into a new partnership with The National Institute of Teaching. Ormiston Teacher Training – our School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) – will deliver high-quality teacher education across three regional hubs situated in the north, east and west of the country.

The immersive and supportive programme is designed to equip each cohort of future teachers with the skills and experience needed to educate and enrich the lives of children across the country, not just in OAT schools. As an Associate College of the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT), we are in the privileged position of being able to offer our aspiring teachers a programme that is rooted in national research whilst reflecting the local contexts of the schools and communities in which they will work. Our future teachers will learn from established experts, including teachers, teacher educators, and experts in teacher professional development, all of whom are specialists in their fields.

Recruiting now

Ormiston Teacher Training is now recruiting for its September 2024 cohort. If you are considering a career in teaching click here.

Please note: The OAKS will continue to deliver its programme until the summer of 2024.