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Teacher Training

The Oaks Collegiate Academy is a close collaboration of 11 Secondary and 7 Primary Schools in South-West Birmingham. Formed in 2002 as a DFE diversity pathfinder the partnership has well established systems and structures in place to support member schools and their staff.

Schools within The Oaks Collegiate provide a range of exciting opportunities to accelerate progression in teaching from being a trainee through to becoming a Headteacher.

The Oaks Collegiate provides the latest innovative training for teaching across the age range from 3 to 19 and also includes a Special School. Whether joining as a graduate trainee, NQT or further up the promotion ladder we will provide a level of training and support which far exceeds that which could be offered in a single school or most partnerships. All of our schools and Headteachers are fully committed to releasing staff to participate in the collegiate events.

Programmes Currently on Offer:

A series of workshops and conferences supported by mentors for

  • Trainees
  • NQT’s and also those in their second year of teaching
  • Aspiring middle leaders and newly appointed subject leads
  • Head of Department and aspiring Senior Leaders
  • Deputy Heads and aspiring Headteachers
  • Management and leadership internships
  • Teaching School programmes including Improving teaching (6 days) and Outstanding teaching (9 days)

We also provide

  • subject specific training with the opportunity for teachers to work together- staff no longer need to feel alone as we cover the whole curriculum from Primary through to Sixth Form
  • through our Teaching School Alliance the opportunity to become a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) or Specialist Leader in SEN

At Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre, we work with a number of partners to offer both school-based and traditional PGCE initial teacher training opportunities. We work with a number of organisations including TeachFirst, the King Edward’s Consortium and the University of Birmingham.

For more information about opportunities for teacher training with the King Edward’s consortium, of which we are a part, and who recruit and train outstanding teachers for local schools, please click here



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