Teacher Training

We are always looking to support new entrants to our profession and there are many routes in! If you are interested in training to teach, why not get in touch for an informal chat about the options available to you? We have excellent support packages and links with many external agencies so can support you to find the best way forward.

We have several bespoke CPD packages that our academy has developed to support both new and developing teachers from our New to Teaching Programme through to our Outstanding Teaching and our Leadership Development Programme.

All new teachers to our academy are given a “buddy”; someone who is their ‘go to’ with any questions, challenges and day to day issues. All trainee teachers and NQTs are given a specialist mentor to support every step of the way and are enrolled on our support programmes.

Teacher development at OAT

At OAT our approach to teacher development is led by The OAKS (our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) with Keele University) and our regional hubs. Click here for more information. However, not all of our OAKS hubs currently run in all OAT regions.

ITT provision – Train to teach

At the academy, we believe in excellence for all, something extending beyond the classroom and into our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) program.

We believe that teaching is an inspiring, highly fulfilling profession; we are committed to sharing this passion through the outstanding training that we provide to our trainee teachers.

We work closely with our university partners and local alliances to offer high quality teacher training across all areas of the curriculum.

Trainees will have the option of training with us via the Schools Direct or PGCE routeway.

If you are interested in training with us, we highly recommend that you get in touch and organize a taster day. If this is something that you are interested in, do not hesitate to contact us.

After completing a year working as a teaching assistant at Six Villages and loving it, I was encouraged to apply for a Schools Direct Math’s placement the following year. I am receiving so much support from both the university and my mentor, I am progressing as a practitioner and improving all the time. In the Spring I successfully applied to an advertised post, and I will now be working as a math’s teacher at the school next academic year!

The school has supported me so much in my PGCE placement over the last year, I was supported throughout professional studies and have now successfully been appointed as a PE teacher in the locality, I am over the moon!

Schools direct

Schools Direct (SD) is a 1-year, school-led route into ITT. This routeway gives the trainee the opportunity to apply to the school, teaching alliance and university of their choice.

During the SD year the trainee will be provided with high quality subject specialist mentorship and support; a taste of this has been outlined below.

  • 4 days a week in school. During this time, the trainee will work closely with a mentor; learning the craft of teaching to ensure to that all learners can access the curriculum and progress.
  • 1 day a week at university. Specific pedagogical input from highly experienced subject tutors.
  • Alliance led events. Evidence based sessions focusing on the teaching standards.

Our partners

  • University of Chichester – The Teaching School (Bishop Luffa) or TESLA (Liphook) teaching alliances.
  • University of Sussex – Inspire (St Paul’s, Burgess Hill) and Bosco (St Phillip Howard, Barnham) teaching alliances.

Entry requirements

To be considered for the train to teach School Direct programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 or above.
  • A UK (United Kingdom) Bachelor’s degree classification of 2:2 or above or an equivalent qualification as judged against NARIC.
  • The degree must usually contain at least 50% subject content in the proposed subject area for teaching.
  • Satisfactory performance in the professional skills tests prior to entry.
  • You will need to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (DBS) check to verify your suitability for working with young people.

Please contact Josh Case, [email protected] , for more information.