Expert teacher training campuses to open in search for the next generation of aspiring teachers   

  8 February, 2024

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Ormiston Academies Trust’s initial teacher trainee programme, Ormiston Teacher Training (OTT), is expanding its reach with the launch of four new training campuses across Staffordshire, West Midlands, Norfolk, and Suffolk. These campuses, set to commence operations in September 2024, are poised to offer cutting-edge training and development for aspiring educators in their respective regions.

The new Ormiston Teacher Training (OTT) programme will be delivered in partnership with the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) from September 2024.

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The newly established campuses will be located within Ormiston academies, including Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthew Academy in Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire campus), Ormiston NEW Academy in Wolverhampton (West Midlands campus), Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth (Norfolk campus), and Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich (Suffolk campus).

Prospective teachers are urged to secure their spots promptly to benefit from the immersive professional learning programme.

As an Associate College of NIoT, Ormiston Teacher Training offers an initial teacher training (ITT) programme which is rooted in national research and expertise, with pragmatic and practical support. The programme will provide core learning to help induct trainees into a role where they will be teaching students in many different contexts and across varying communities.   

Trainees will be given 39 weeks of fully immersive professional learning and teaching practice, benefitting from hands-on experience in schools and weekly central training at the school site (campus). Alongside gaining core subject and curriculum knowledge across two placement schools and support from NIoT fellows, students will work with personal mentors to develop their skills and confidence in the classroom.

West Midlands campus, at Ormiston NEW Academy
Staffordshire campus, at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy
Suffolk campus, at Ormiston Endeavour Academy
Norfolk campus, at Ormiston Venture Academy

The course will help up-and-coming educators to reach qualified teacher status (QTS), receive a PGCE awarded by the University of Birmingham and the possibility of future employment at Ormiston once training is completed. Subjects will include biology, chemistry, English, modern languages, physics, mathematics and computing, amongst others, with the option to study full or part-time.

Ormiston Teacher Training will support over a hundred aspiring teachers a year, throughout our four training campuses across the UK. The scheme is an evolution of the trust’s earlier regional teacher training programme, The OAKS, which will conclude later this year, having successfully supported over 700 trainees into teaching positions and collaborated with almost 80 partner schools over the years. 

Ormiston and the NIoT share a collective vision of developing and nurturing the talent of teachers and leaders across schools and the broader education system, so that every child can thrive, regardless of their background. 

Interested candidates can apply for a place on the Ormiston Teaching Training Programme online at, get in touch at, or search “NIoT@OrmistonTeacherTraining (24P)”, on the Department for Education application site,

Kaye Patrick, director of initial teacher training said: “We are extremely excited to be launching our new campuses which will enable us to deliver this new national scheme in partnership with the National Institute of Teaching. As a trust, we have long been committed to developing and nurturing teaching talent, and ensuring that they have immediate access to local experts and training opportunities.  

“We are really looking forward to welcoming prospective trainees, and partner schools, to the programme and seeing the positive impact that this will have for students and colleagues across our four regions, our trust and other schools. We would encourage those interested in applying to do so at the earliest opportunity.”  

Reuben Moore, executive director of programmes, NIoT commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ormiston ITT, together nurturing the talents of new teachers to the profession. The combined expertise and insight of Ormiston and NIoT, underpinned by an approach that is school-led and research-informed, will lead to an excellent start for new teachers leading to success for the pupils we serve.” 

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