Oak National Academy is set to launch with a significantly reduced program as England’s largest multi-academy trust draws its resources from the platform.

The Reach Foundation signed Oak National Academy today ahead of its launch as an independent body in the fall.

Ian Bauckham, chairman of Ofqual, is expected to lead an independent interim board to provide governance for the first year while a permanent board is appointed through a public nomination process.

While 85% of existing content will remain on the site, the national academy said that “due to the restrictions and the end of the licenses of some of our partners”, some resources will disappear from the platform in the next few days.

These include all the resources for Key Stage 4 English and History, as well as Key Stage 3 and 4 Science, Geography and Art.

Your understands that these resources will not be available until September 2023 after a procurement process for the creation of the resources has taken place.

United Learning resources are expected to appear on its own platform, which will be available “soon”, according to Oak. It is not yet confirmed if these resources will be free to use.

Additionally, video lessons are expected to be removed from MFL Key Stage 4 courses, while some units are also removed from Key Stages 2 and 3 of English and Citizenship.

Twelve lessons from the specialist curriculum are also taken from the site.

In a post on its site, Oak said, “We are very sorry as we know the changes will cause inconvenience. We recommend that you review what you have uploaded and any links you have saved or shared with students to the lessons and resources above. »

The official launch, expected “in the coming weeks”, will launch a program of work to co-create new free resources, created with a “diverse range of partners”, chosen through an open procurement process that is expected to launch “soon”.

New resources will cover the full range of national curriculum subjects, but the first tranche to be created will cover maths, English, science, geography, history and music.

Oak replaced religious education with music in the first tier of subjects based on feedback demonstrating “the value of additional support for music ‘as well as a desire'”spend more time on RE”.

United Learning – alongside another large multi-academy trust, Ark Schools – was to receive the largest payout for resources handed over to Oak, having made the largest contributions.

The plan for a UK-wide national academy was first outlined in the government’s Leveling Up white paper, which was published in February, as revealed by Your.


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Later, Your revealed that Oak was to become the new independent government body responsible for providing free resources to schools across England.

But now United Learning has decided against divesting the intellectual property which would see the multi-academy trust receive a payment of over £160,000.

In June, Your revealed that the DfE had reached an agreement to pay Oak’s curriculum partners for the copyrights of learning resources they had previously provided free of charge. Documents seen by Your revealed the flat rate per course resource was around £100.

Your understands that United Learning contributed roughly the same number of resources as Ark Schools, which provided 1,625 resources.

Oak National Academy has been hosted by The Reach Foundation since its launch in April 2020, when schools were closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

United Learning has been contacted for comment.

‘Still attached’ to UK-wide offer

The government said Oak would become a UK-wide learning provider when it first announced plans to relaunch it as a government quango in its Leveling Up white paper in February.

The DfE said today it was ‘still committed’ to ‘working with devolved administrations to explore how Oak National Academy can support students in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’, but no has not revealed if or when this expanded offering will be available.

A DfE spokesperson said: ‘Building on the huge success of the work of the Oak National Academy during the pandemic, Oak’s conversion to an independent body marks an important milestone as we work to relaunch it. in autumn.

“Oak, as the new arm of the program, will ensure that high quality lessons are available nationwide for the benefit of all children, working with teachers across the country. Free, optional and adaptable digital learning resources in six priority subjects will be fully available by September 2024, following a procurement exercise.

“The majority of Oak’s existing resources will be accessible in the interim to ensure teachers are able to handle their workloads and deliver a world-class curriculum in the year ahead.”

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