• Oak academy chief urges teachers to go 'super Blue Peter' to stop pupils turning to TikTok

    The Oak National Academy has revealed the struggle to keep pupils learning at home engaged and not watching “the cat dancing on TikTok” – urging teachers to ramp up their enthusiasm during online lessons. Matt Hood, principal of the online lesson platform set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic, also said teachers using videos

    12.50 Oct. 15th, 2020 | News

  • Oak National Academy lessons will ‘never be sold’

    The Oak National Academy has pledged it will “never sell its lessons” after the government confirmed that its charity owners will retain the intellectual property, despite large public investment in the platform. Launched in April using content voluntarily contributed by teachers and schools, Oak quickly became a household name during the national lockdown, delivering millions

    7.00 Oct. 9th, 2020 | News

  • What Oak Academy has done well, and how it can do better

    The Oak National Academy has gone from nothing to national institution in just a few months. Here, its principal Matt Hood sets out his end of year report. As teachers, we all know the power of feedback in helping our pupils improve. So as the end of term finally arrived, we worked with ImpactEd to

    9.24 Aug. 10th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Broadcast Oak Academy lessons on TV, says education committee chair

    Recorded lessons such as those put together by the Oak National Academy should be shown on television, the chair of the Parliamentary education committee has said. Robert Halfon has written to culture secretary Oliver Dowden to ask what “incentives and funding could be put in place to encourage the creation and transmission of such content

    11.42 Jul. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Primary art and D&T 'missing' from Oak's initial 2020-21 lesson plans

    Lessons in primary art, secondary relationships, sex and health education and design and technology do not feature in the Oak National Academy’s initial lesson plans for 2020-21. The online platform is due to publish plans for thousands of lessons today, but admitted it is still “missing some bits”, and that schools will have to wait until

    10.21 Jul. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Oak National Academy could collect 'basic data' on users, says chair

    The Oak National Academy could begin to collect “some basic data” about its users, its chair has said. Ian Bauckham told a Westminster Education Forum event on education technology this morning that there was a “huge level of interest in the data that we could collect”, and said the site may “move into the realm of

    12.02 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Schools to keep copyright of Oak’s online lessons

    Schools will own the copyright of lessons produced for Oak National Academy under its £4.3 million government-funded expansion next year. Schools Week revealed on Monday that the online classroom and resource hub would be funded as part of the Department for Education’s plan B should schools have to close again. Creating 10,000 lessons, Oak will

    17.00 Jun. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Oak National Academy delivers 2m lessons in first week

    The government-backed Oak National Academy delivered two million lessons in its first week of operation. Schools Week revealed earlier this month that more than 40 teachers across England had recorded lessons to be shared free via a new curriculum hub to help pupils with home learning. The project launched last Monday with government backing and

    16.12 Apr. 28th, 2020 | News