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Teachers: Hear about Oak’s updates for 2020/21

About Oak National Academy

Every teacher has  adapted since the coronavirus lockdown. They’ve changed plans at speed – moving resources online, teaching remotely, and continuing to support their pupils.

We must now plan for next year’s challenges. That’s why we’ll be here throughout 2020/21 to complement schools’ work and support any need for remote teaching.

Oak provides a flexible, broad curriculum that schools can choose to align to their own plans or select the aspects which work best for them.. Oak covers a range of subjects from reception to year 11 and we’re adapting our specialist lessons to be more flexible for schools to meet pupils’ needs. 

We will release our full, year-long curriculum plan at the start of July, and the majority of the year’s lessons will be released by September. Please visit our information for teachers page for detailed information on how Oak’s resources can be used. To hear when our resources are released, please sign up for updates

Meet our teachers

Oak National Academy is a collective response from teachers to address the ongoing challenges posed by coronavirus. Our teachers come from different phases, subjects and areas of the country. They are the heart of Oak National Academy.

Our school leadership

Oak National Academy is led by a senior team and project board with a passion for education, chaired by Ian Bauckham CBE. Our work is steered by three key Oak advisory groups.

Ian Bauckham CBE

Ian is the Chair of Oak National Academy. He has worked in education since graduating from Cambridge University. He led a modern languages department and a sixth form before becoming headteacher of a large comprehensive in Kent. The school was graded outstanding and is a Teaching School and SCITT. Ian was president of ASCL 2013-14. Ian now leads a trust which includes a free school, is an Ofsted inspector and has been a HTB member. He chaired a review of Modern Languages in 2016, is a trustee of NFER, is a board member at Ofqual, and is a Department for Education advisor on RSHE, modern languages and other areas. He was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to education.

Matt Hood

Matt is the Principal at Oak National Academy. He’s an economics teacher by training and was a founder at Ambition Institute. He is Chair of Governors at Bay Leadership Academy in Morecambe, a Trustee at The Brilliant Club, and an independent government adviser on professional development.

David Thomas

David leads on the curriculum at Oak National Academy and is the Principal of Jane Austen College, a secondary school and sixth form in Norwich. Before starting at Jane Austen, David studied at Oxford University, taught in central London, and did a spell working for McKinsey & Co.

Jonathan Dando

Jonathan leads on communications at Oak National Academy. He is on secondment from his role as Marketing and Communications Director at Teach First, where he’s worked since 2013. Previously he’s worked in communications for other leading charities including VSO and The Prince’s Trust, as well as at two universities. 

John Roberts

John leads on technology at Oak National Academy. He was previously a teacher in the North West through Teach First and has since worked in edtech and education services for over 10 years. He is currently CEO of Edapt, alongside supporting a number of education and technology focussed organisations which includes Teach your Monster to Read (Usborne Foundation) and Ambition Institute/Institute for Teaching.

Chris Tiernan

Chris leads on operations at Oak National Academy. He is currently COO of Enjoy Education. Prior to this, he worked as an economist and chartered accountant.

Our project board

Leora Cruddas

Leora Cruddas is the chief executive of the Confederation of School Trusts, which is the national organisation and sector body for academy and multi-academy trusts. Prior to establishing CST, she was Director of Policy and Public Relations for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Leora has six years of experience as a Director of Education in two London Local Authorities.

Daisy Christodoulou

Daisy Christodoulou is the Director of Education at No More Marking, a provider of online comparative judgement. She works closely with schools on developing new approaches to assessment.

Jon Coles

Jon Coles is Chief Executive of the nationwide United Learning group of schools.  Before that, he spent 15 years working in the Department for Education, for the last four of which he was a member of the Board.  He is Chair of Challenge Partners, a network of over 500 schools collaborating to share knowledge and improve, a trustee of the PTI and a Council Member of King’s College London.

Ed Vainker

Ed Vainker is the co-founder and Executive Principal of Reach Academy Feltham, and the Director of the Reach Children’s Hub, a charity offering cradle to career support in Feltham. He was in the first cohort to do Teach First in 2003 and spent four years working for Teach For All, supporting organisations setting up similar organisations to Teach First around the world. He has sat on a number of DfE and other policy panels and was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years Honours list.   

John Blake

John Blake is Curriculum Research and Design Lead at Ark and is an education policy expert, with a particular focus on the role and purpose of curriculum design. He is a qualified teacher, and worked in the classroom for a decade, including in middle and senior leadership roles, and in roles across highly-successful multi-academy trusts. He is a frequently published writer on education policy, and has advised a wide variety of schools and other educational organisations as well as the Department for Education and the No 10 Policy Unit.

Our project board also includes representatives from the Department for Education.


Due to the pace at which Oak National Academy was created, it is currently being incubated and is therefore legally part of The Reach Foundation. Registered charity 1129683.

Our supporters

We’re very grateful to all of our supporters who have joined us in this collective response to the coronavirus crisis.

  • Academies Enterprise Trust
  • Ambition Institute
  • Ark
  • Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
  • Ash Field Academy
  • The Beacon School
  • Blackfriars School
  • Charles Dickens Primary
  • Cheshire Inclusive Teaching Alliance
  • Church of England
  • Co-op Academy Southfield
  • Confederation of School Trusts
  • Dixons Academies Trust
  • East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership
  • Eden Academy Trust
  • Ellen Tinkham School
  • Fir Bank Academy
  • Future Academies
  • Gina Davies Autism Centre
  • Hackney Learning Trust
  • Harris Federation
  • Hebden Green School
  • Hill School
  • Hillside Nursery School
  • Holly Grove School
  • Inclusive Teaching School Alliance
  • Inspiration Trust
  • Interaction and Communication Academy Trust
  • John Jamieson School
  • The LightHouse Clinic
  • Linwood School
  • The London and South East Education Group
  • Makaton
  • nasen
  • Oasis Community Learning
  • Outwood Grange Academies
  • Park Community Academy
  • Pennine Teaching School
  • Reach Academy Feltham
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Salford Royal Foundation Trust
  • Sea View Trust
  • Severndale Specialist Academy
  • Shanidar Teaching School Alliance
  • Southgate School
  • Special Schools Teaching Schools Network
  • Spring Common School
  • St Giles School
  • St Martins & St. Andrew’s Teaching Schools
  • Star Academies
  • Sutton Trust
  • Swiss Cottage School and Development & Research Centre
  • Teach First
  • Teaching Schools Council
  • Tor View School
  • United Learning
  • Valley College
  • Widgit
  • Whole School SEND
  • Woodside Academy
  • Worcestershire NHS Health and Care Trust