Oak updates

27 March 2024

Introducing our new curriculum partners

Tom Rose

Education Director

We’re delighted to announce our new partners in a wide range of subjects across primary and secondary. We will be working with these partners to develop new curricula and teaching resources, which will begin rolling out from autumn 2024.

Given our early resources were made for remote teaching, we knew we could recreate and improve them to better suit your planning, in-class teaching, and help you develop your curriculum. Alongside these new resources we’ll still provide new video lessons that can support learning and any disruption.

We started with maths, English, science, history, primary geography and secondary music. So far we have shared new curriculum sequences and teaching resources with more being released throughout the year.

Now we’ll be working with partners in all remaining national curriculum subjects.

Once again, our partners will be supported by subject expert groups. These experts provide independent feedback and advice to make sure our curricula and resources meet the diverse needs of the country’s education sector. Each group is made up of recognised experts in their subject and teachers from across the country, recruited via an open process. We’re currently finalising that recruitment and will confirm the membership in each group shortly.

In each subject, the work of our partners and the input from each subject expert group will be coordinated by a Subject Lead in the Oak team.

A diverse, collaborative community

Our expert teams are therefore composed of our curriculum partners, independent subject experts and Oak subject leads. We’re delighted they draw on a diverse range of experience and backgrounds.

Find out more about our partners in each subject:

Art & Design (Primary and Secondary) - National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)

Citizenship (Secondary) - Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT)

Computing (Primary and Secondary) - Raspberry Pi Foundation

Design & Technology (Primary and Secondary) - Design and Technology Association, British Nutrition Foundation

Geography (Secondary) - Geographical Association (KS3) and Geography South West (KS4)

Primary Languages (French and Spanish KS2) - The Cam Academy Trust

Modern Foreign Languages (Secondary - French, Spanish & German) - The Cam Academy Trust

Music (Primary) - Bristol Beacon and Cathedral Schools Trust

PE (Primary and Secondary) - PE Scholar

RE (Primary) - Pennine Learning Associates

RE (Secondary) - Ormiston Academies Trust

Relationships and Health Education (Primary) - Life Lessons

RSHE (Secondary) - Life Lessons

Our new lessons and curriculum principles

Over the coming months our partners will be developing their curricula with the support of our expert groups. Our first set of new lesson planning and teaching resources in these subjects will be available from autumn 2024, with full curriculum packages by autumn 2025.

Our curriculum and resources will continue to be developed in line with our curriculum principles and approach. These lay the foundation for quality and coherence, whilst giving teachers’ flexibility.

A graphic which shows Oak's overarching curriculum principles. They are flexible, accessible, diverse, evidence informed, knowledge & vocabulary rich and sequenced & coherent

Teachers, as always, will have full choice in whether to use Oak’s optional curriculum and teaching resources. Teachers using them only if they meet their needs, and adapting using their professional judgement, are central to our stance. Teachers, too, will decide how lessons are delivered. Oak’s new teaching resources will not be a finished lesson, as only teachers can plan how to use them, and how to design and deliver their lessons in the context of their school and students. We’ll actively encourage teachers to consider different methods.

How you can get involved

There are many ways you can stay up to date and get involved to help shape Oak:

  • Feedback is really important to us - as teachers we know we can always keep improving. We're working with subject expert groups to get valuable inputs at the moment, but we know it's vital these resources work for teachers in the classroom. We'll therefore have opportunities for teachers test the resources in the near future. To register your interest in doing so please visit our form.
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