OTT operates multiple training Hubs across Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire and candidates are able to apply to train in these by selecting the appropriate Hub (or location) as a part of your Teacher Training application. If you’re not sure where you will be living or if you are relocating and do not know which Hub to apply for, you can select the most likely initially, or contact us for guidance.
Applying to a Hub means that lots of your course sessions will be based in your chosen Hub, and your placement schools will be within that region too. There will be a few sessions throughout the year which will require slightly further travel, but by operating the training sessions in multiple Hubs we hope that more applicants will be able to train in their local area!
Regardless of which hub you choose, you will receive the same training sessions from expert teachers and practitioners, you will also have the same access to wellbeing and coaching support, as well as support and guidance throughout from our central team.
North Oxfordshire Hub: The Warriner School, Banbury Road, Bloxham, OX15 4LJ
Oxford City Hub: The Swan School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, OX2 7WP
South Oxfordshire Hub: Gillotts School, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1PS
The Downland Alliance/ West Berkshire Hub: The Downs School, Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 6AD
East Berkshire Hub: tbc Reading/ Wokingham
Please see the map below for a guide of the areas our Hubs operate in, there may be some crossover in parts of the county and there also may be some schools on the fringes of these areas but it should give you an idea of where we based.
For all of our courses you will benefit from two exciting and contrasting school placements, with additional training sessions, visits and experiences in other schools, phases and settings. Placements are very carefully arranged to give the best possible experience for our Associate Teachers, we look carefully at a complex set of elements such as:
Travelling distance of a maximum of one hour
Mentoring capacity and expertise
What we know about the department/school and the support they can offer
Specific school requests for individuals already working in/ known to a school
Appropriate contrasts between first and second placement schools
Our partnership of schools is constantly growing and expanding, we are proud to work with a number of schools in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire and the surrounding areas. We will soon be adding details of some of our partner placement schools to this page, from locations across all of our Hubs to give you an idea of your possible placement schools.
Some of our applicants are already working or volunteering in a schools and in many cases it can be possible to arrange one of your placements to be in this school, whether we have worked with them before or not. But don’t worry if you are not already in a school, we have lots of schools who are really keen to work with us and take an Associate Teacher on a placement; we will arrange all of this for you. If you would like to see which schools we have worked with in recent years please see the map below.
“On top of expert, specialist input from central trainers, trainees benefit from dependably high-quality mentoring. Contrasting placements of broadly equal lengths optimise the learning that comes from these valuable experiences. Through incredibly well joined-up input between centre and school, trainees gain confidence and skills in vital aspects such as behaviour and meeting pupils’ diverse needs.”Ofsted Inspection Report 2023
I have worked with OTT SCITT for several years now in both my current role, and my previous role, as Headteacher of two partner schools. I believe that being part of OTT SCITT supports the overall culture of learning in your school. It keeps your staff focused on good practice; what good teachers do that ensures children make progress. The training they receive is also really effective and up-to-date, so Associate Teachers can bring fresh ideas and approaches into your school. A great aspect of the programme are the opportunities it has created for my staff. I now have staff who are experienced Mentors and Visiting Tutors. I have found that these members of staff have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of mentoring and have said it has developed their own practice for the better. The training and support they receive is good and many of those Associate Teachers now hold Senior Leadership roles within the school.
Tracey Smith - Former Oxfordshire Headteacher
I cannot recommend the Oxfordshire Teacher Training SCITT highly enough, it really does provide the very best start to a successful career in teaching. The vast majority of the new teachers that we recruit have come through this route and it is impressive to see how inspired and well prepared they are.
Chris Price - Headteacher, The Cherwell School, Oxford
It's great to know that you are training a teacher to succeed in your school, everyone gains from the investment.
The process is tough and our trainee teachers are exceptional. It is wonderful to be able to reward their hard work and dedication with permanent positions within OTSA schools.