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People & Partners

Oak was initially launched by more than 40 teachers and colleagues from education organisations in April 2020. Since then, we’ve worked with 300 more teachers to create lessons for every pupil, from EYFS to Year 11 and those in specialist settings.

We work with a diverse range of schools, trusts, subject associations and national centres of expertise to select teachers and produce our lessons and resources. 

Our curriculum has been designed with subject experts to  develop high quality lessons, in the most popular topics, to match as many schools’ curricula as possible.  

Oak would not be possible without the brilliant work of our technology and communications partners who’ve supported our launch and helped us reach millions of teachers, parents and pupils.

Our team

Behind Oak is a dedicated staff team and Board who are committed to making sure every pupil can access a high quality education. Our day to day work is overseen by our leadership team.

Principal – 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.

Operations Director – Vacancy

We are currently recruiting for our Operations Director role.

Programme Director – Tom Rose

Tom joined the Oak team in June from Ark Ventures, where for the past four years he had been supporting the development of high-impact, sustainable and scaleable innovations in education such as Mathematics Mastery and the Institute for Teaching. Originally a English teacher trained through Teach First, Tom spent five years in strategy consulting with OC&C before returning to the education sector in leadership roles with Teach For All, Teach First and Place2Be. At Oak Tom is responsible for coordinating our partners, their teachers and our lesson production and support teams to ensure the creation of high quality lessons in line with Oak’s curriculum plans.

Technology Director – 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.

External Relations Director – Jonathan Dando

Jonathan leads on external relations, school support and 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. 

Head of Curriculum – Vacancy

We are currently recruiting for our Head of Curriculum role. 

Interim Head of Production – Louise Taylor

Louise joined Oak National Academy in May and has been leading our lesson production team to ensure the creation of high quality, safe lessons, in line with Oak’s curriculum plans. Louise previously worked at Ambition Institute for over 8 years where she has led a number of their middle leadership programmes, later also leading on business development and programme accreditation.

Our project board

Oak is supported by a wide range of experts from schools and educational organisations.

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.

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.

 

Oak National Academy is part of the Reach Foundation, registered charity 1129683. Registered address: Reach Academy, Fern House, 53-55 High Street, Feltham, TW13 4AB

Our supporters

We’re very grateful to all of our supporters who have joined us in this collective response to the coronavirus crisis, particularly the Department for Education and the Mohn Westlake Foundation.