Oak updates

9 January 2023

Shaping Oak’s future: how you can get involved

Matt Hood

Chief Executive

This year and beyond, explore different ways you can collaborate with teachers and experts from brilliant schools and organisations, to share your expertise and help shape the future of Oak.

At our heart, Oak is a collaboration of teachers and experts sharing to help their peers. In this blog, we explore some of the ways you can get involved and help shape our future.

Our journey so far

You’ve helped us to build Oak from the ground up: creating thousands of lessons at the height of the pandemic; sharing your expertise through guest blogs and webinars; and continually feeding back to us to help us improve what we do.

Now Oak is evolving. We’re proud of the thousands of free teaching resources we have. Our latest research found 95% of teachers are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of them (1). However, they were made for remote teaching.

To support the 33,000 or so teachers who continue to come to Oak each week to find teaching resources (2) they can adapt to use in-class, we know there are things we can improve, and work is underway to make this happen.

How teachers and experts are shaping Oak now

Over the next three years, in conjunction with new curriculum partners and with the support of a broad range of teachers and experts, we’re going to create brand new curricula and thousands of teaching resources. These will be designed to better support your planning and in-class teaching, and help you develop your curriculum.

We’re delighted that our new curriculum partners include schools, academies and subject associations, amongst others and bring a wide and diverse range of expertise to our work. Learn more about our partners in our blog.

Together, we'll develop curriculum materials for maths, English, science, history, geography and music. Our first set of new lesson planning and teaching resources will be available from autumn 2023, with full curriculum packages by summer 2024. Further partnerships and an expanded offer for more subjects will follow.

Expert teachers will work our partners as teaching resource creators, to build the new curricula and teaching resources. They will also be involved as reviewers, overseeing the creation, using their subject expertise.

To support all of this work, we’ve established expert groups for each of the six subjects. These are made up of a diverse set of classroom teachers, curriculum specialists and subject experts from a wide range of brilliant schools and organisations.

Our expert groups will provide us with independent advice on quality standards and regular feedback as we develop our curricula with partners.

Curriculum principles

Underpinning all of our new curricula and teaching resources will be a carefully considered set of curriculum principles, which we published earlier this year. They will act as the foundations for the curriculum packages due to be launched in autumn.

Read our new curriculum guiding principles for a sample of the pedagogical values our new teaching resources will have.

How you can help shape Oak

Explore some of the ways you can get involved and help shape our future.

Register for updates

Interested in getting involved in helping to shape Oak? Register your interest to receive updates on a range of opportunities:

  • Joining subject expert groups
  • Creating new lesson resources
  • Trialling new teaching resources

Register your interest using this form.

Teaching resources feedback

We value feedback from classroom teachers to ensure that our teaching resources meet your needs. We have NEW sample KS3 and KS4 science lesson planning and teaching resources available.

Try them out with your classes and feedback to us by emailing [email protected]. All feedback is invaluable in shaping our future teaching resources and curricula.

Road test some changes to our website

We’re preparing to make some changes to the way you search for teaching resources, to better support you to use Oak for lesson planning and in-class teaching.

Later this year, we'll share a sneak peek for you to try out. You’ll have the option to take a look around and give us your feedback - please do!

We’re really looking forward to working with you to help shape the future of Oak. If you have any questions, please get in touch: [email protected].

(1) Oak research survey, 310 respondents, March 2022
(2) Based on user analytics, 02/01/2023-02/04/2023