As a multi-academy trust we want to be known for placing Students first: raising standards and transforming lives
Martyn Oliver, CEO, Outwood Grange Academies Trust
The Outwood Institute of Education (OIE) offers a School Direct programme that strives to develop, support and celebrate excellent trainee teachers who are well-prepared for the profession. We are part of a large alliance of over 80 schools; these partnerships enable us to provide training that is high quality, purposeful and based on first-hand experiences.
We have a strong partnership with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) who are a national centre of education and are recognised for their excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. This partnership creates a collaborative model of training. The purpose of this approach is to ensure a triangulation of themes: the OIE delivers the theme in general, the school session delivers the theme in a whole-school context and SHU offer a theoretical approach.
Consistently, every action taken and every decision made by our trainees will reflect our desire to put children first. Our School Direct programme allows our trainees to have a huge impact on and improve the life chances of the children within our Family of Schools. We believe that we have the capacity and the experience to inspire students and staff to bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the benefit of the Local Authorities and communities that we work in.
Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) is recognised nationally as a high performing chain of schools and is the highest performing Family of Schools in the North of England. We are a multi-academy sponsor and the Family of Schools currently comprises of twenty-three schools who work together to ensure that all children irrespective of their starting point receive an excellent education.
Our School Direct programme allows trainees to work alongside innovative, ambitious and student-focused teachers who are passionate about raising standards and transforming lives.
The majority of our trainees were graded as good or outstanding in 2017 and 100% of trainees recommend our programme to prospective applicants. Our School Direct programme is supportive, challenging and rewarding with more than 90% of applicants going onto employment at the end of it.
100% of our training sessions were given an average rating of outstanding last year. Our School Direct trainees enjoy a comprehensive training programme facilitated by Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs). These collaborative sessions are led by teachers who have been nationally recognised as outstanding in their respective field and therefore offer training which is underpinned by theoretical knowledge and informed by current pedagogical excellence.
100% of trainees rated the support given as part of our programme as outstanding. Outwood Institute of Education prides itself on the amount of support it offers each and every School Direct trainee. We aim to put students first by ensuring all of our trainees are given the training, opportunities and support required in order to help them develop into excellent teachers. This support comes from the OIE School Direct team, the mentor, the host teachers and the ITT Coordinator. Our mentors have all completed training to ensure that their involvement has a great impact.
100% of trainees stated that our induction programme meant they made exceptional progress at the start of the course. This induction period consists of five events in July and August where our trainees can meet other trainees, discuss and learn before the programme starts in September.
Also, we use a monthly progress tracker to ensure that all trainees feel well-supported, have access to swift intervention and can celebrate their progress throughout the year.