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Oak National Academy

Teachers: See the lessons Oak is producing for 2020/21

Information for teachers and schools

Oak National Academy provides a collection of high-quality online lessons and resources.

With the backing of the DfE, we will be available throughout 2020/21 as a free, optional, resource to support any school’s contingency planning.

Across July we will be hosting a series of webinars for school leaders and teachers to learn more about how to use our lessons and resources.

Watch our previous webinars

Primary: Making the most of Oak 

Secondary: Making the most of Oak 

Specialist: Making the most of Oak 

Our 2020/21 plans

Despite the intention for all pupils to return to school, there’s still potential for local lockdowns, continued shielding or classes on rotas. So we’re keeping Oak National Academy open.

To help with planning, we’ve published our curriculum plans for most lessons next year so you can see in advance what resources will be available. There’s some bits we’re still working on, but we wanted to publish as soon as we could. The majority of lessons for the year will be published by September too.

Read more about our 2020/21 offer and view our flexible curriculum plans on Oak’s 2020/21 Curriculum page.

For guidance on how to use Oak, we have created a pack of resources, with downloadable documents and videos on how to use Oak, including extensive FAQs.

To stay up to date about our resources sign up.

Summary FAQs

How Oak works


Oak National Academy is a free platform which is accessible on any device including mobiles. There are no sign-ups or logins required. 

Oak will provide lessons for the entire academic year. Schools are free to choose which parts of Oak’s curriculum to use as they wish. 

Our content will be structured into a series of ‘building blocks’. We’ll set out which of the blocks within a subject can go in any order and which ones we think need to follow a sequence. Schools can then choose the blocks that work best for them and build them into planning. 

To help with planning, we’ll be publishing the entire Oak curriculum for the year in July, and the majority of lessons for the year will be released by September.  

To hear when our resources for next year are released, and to attend webinars on how Oak might help your plans, please sign up for updates.

What is in Oak’s curriculum?


You can read more about our 2020/21 offer and view our flexible curriculum plans on Our 2020/21 Curriculum page.

For next year, we’ve enlisted the support of a broad group of curriculum experts from across the system who have helped to steer our curriculum work.

On our website you can view an overview of our flexible curriculum plans. You can also access a detailed outline of the curriculum for each subject and key stage. These have been developed by our fantastic partners and provide:

  • An overview of the principles we’ve followed
  • How we’ve organised and structured different elements of the curriculum
  • The units that make up the curriculum
  • One or more optional sequences you can teach these in

How you can use Oak with your pupils


Teachers are best placed to make decisions about which resources to use. We just hope that Oak will be a useful support if you choose to use it in this period of uncertainty.

Schools may choose to adopt Oak’s whole curriculum just for next year, with Oak delivering their remote lessons while their in-school curriculum would match Oak’s but continue to be delivered by their own fantastic staff. They may also choose to use Oak’s resources to support their lesson planning.

Alternatively schools may choose to pick the parts of Oak’s curriculum that match their own and use this to support online and in-person teaching. And then continue with different lessons where Oak and the school’s curriculum don’t match. We hope Oak simply frees you up to focus on the bits that matter most to you and your school.

How you can check your pupils are completing their work on Oak


We’ve made Oak with accessibility in mind so there is no requirement to log-in. This means we do not store personal data and so at the moment we cannot store or send any information on work completion from individual pupils. We are looking into this for next year.

We know that you may want to check on work completion, and what pupils have learnt. For now, schools can do this by:

  • Asking pupils to take a screenshot of end of lesson quizzes with their score, and uploading these to the school’s learning management system (e.g. as an assignment in Google Classroom), or emailing them to class teachers
  • Setting their own quizzes on their learning management system, asking about content taught in Oak lessons
  • Regularly contacting parents to check how pupils are managing with Oak and speaking to the pupil to ask them questions about what they’ve been learning
  • Having a teacher available at set times to answer questions from pupils.

What’s Oak’s background?


Oak was set up as a collective response by state school teachers to address the coronavirus lockdown. We were initially built at speed to support the sector, and we’re staying open for 2020/21 to support schools with their remote teaching plans.

How can I get involved?


At the moment, we’re unfortunately not able to build in other resources as we have limited capacity. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our colleagues in the teaching profession in sharing their ideas to improve our classroom.

If you have more questions, please visit our FAQs.