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Locked out of lockdown learning

Poorest families priced out of home learning by Telecoms Giants - Oak National Academy (@OakNational) calls on Telecoms Firms to Step up  As the country goes into the third national lockdown and schooling moves online, families across the country are being locked out of learning due to the punitive costs of mobile data. 

Oak National Academy launches specialist offer to support pupils with greatest additional needs

WIDER CURRICULUM MADE MORE ACCESSIBLE THROUGH #BSL BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE AND SUBTITLES The online classroom, Oak National Academy, today announced a new specialist curriculum which will support teachers working with pupils with additional needs, while schools are closed.  

Oak National Academy reaches 20 million lessons and 344 years of video in first term

@OakNational Academy has today (23 Jul) published data and research from its first term, sharing how the online classroom has been used during the pandemic, and to help improve the resource ahead of the new academic year. Since launching on 20th April, Oak has delivered 20 million lessons reaching 4.7 million users, with 344 years’ worth of video lessons watched and 71 million quiz questions answered. 

New government-backed online school "Oak National Academy" opens its virtual doors to support pupils while schools are closed - Sector Response

@OakNational Academy is a collaboration between teachers and organisations across the sector to provide 180 hours of free lessons a week, while schools remain closed for the majority of pupils. 

Pupils take part in 100 millionth Oak National Academy lesson

After @OakNational Academy's call to tackle the #DigitalDivide, and in the week we've reached our 100 millionth lesson delivered (9 Feb), we’re thrilled to announce that Oak is now DATA-FREE for all on @VodafoneUK @EE @BT_uk @O2 

Teachers reap benefits of Oak National Academy in workload, wellbeing and improving lessons

Almost two thirds of teachers said using Oak National Academy saved them valuable time in the last school year, widely regarded as one of the most challenging ever. Nine in 10 said their overall workload increased sharply from September 2020 when schools fully reopened and they implemented stringent safety requirements, managed remote learning for increasing numbers of pupils, got to grips with new technology and dispatched food parcels to families that needed them.However 61% of teacher-users said Oak’s platform and resources saved them time during these difficult months. Oak users also felt better mentally than non-users, reporting statistically significant higher levels of wellbeing. Oak, the national online classroom and teacher resource hub, was launched in April 2020 as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.The findings, published today in Oak National Academy’s annual report, were collated by ImpactEd, the independent analysts. It has measured Oak’s impact across a range of measures to help it evaluate and improve performance. Highlights include:• Pupils have taken part in 130 million lessons since the start of the pandemic• Lessons were chiefly used by pupils in the 40% most deprived areas• Over 260,000 (59%) of state school teachers used the site and its resources• 92% of teachers who used the platform said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the content• 56% of teachers who use the platform said Oak helps improve the quality of their in-person teaching and 58% that it improves in-person lesson planningThe report found Oak successfully targeted schools in areas of high deprivation and social mobility cold spots, such as Walsall, Wakefield and North-East Lincolnshire.More children and teachers in these areas used Oak compared with more affluent areas. In cold spots, 58.7% of teachers said their pupils used Oak compared with 54.1% in hot spot areas. Oak lessons were chiefly used by pupils in the 40% most deprived areas. These children were helped by Oak's successful campaign to secure a zero rating of the site by mobile networks, meaning children could take part in learning without racking up big bills for mobile data.Oak National Academy grew from producing a few hundred lessons a week in the early months of the pandemic to hosting 10,000 lessons covering almost the entire national curriculum by September 2020.  Pupils have taken part in 130 million lessons since April 2020 and 59% of state school teachers used the site and its resources. Almost all teachers who use it (92%) said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the content and 73% per cent would recommend it to fellow teachers.Three in four of those teachers plan to carry on using Oak resources this term and beyond, with many pointing to how the platform has improved their teaching in the classroom. Over half (56%) of teachers who use the platform said Oak helps improve the quality of their in-person teaching and 58% that it improves in-person lesson planning. A breakdown of how Oak is being used now that classroom teaching has resumed found that lesson-planning is the most popular task, followed by using videos in the classroom, setting work for absent pupils and for cover lessons.One of Oak’s core aims has been to provide value-for-money to the sector. Oak has given every school a resilient back-up and a national set of high-quality resources for the equivalent budget of one secondary school and with a core staff team similar to a primary school (~30).Oak National Academy is staying open and free. This will ensure there is a national back-up as we head into an uncertain autumn and winter, and a library of high-quality curriculum resources for teachers and schools.Matt Hood, principal of Oak, said:

Remote learning is here to stay, but digital poverty must not be

Over the last year, remote learning has become a necessity for education across the country, and indeed across much of the world. Those without strong online access have been at risk of falling behind, ever-widening the gap between the richest and the poorest students and the education they receive. This has been as much of an issue in colleges as well as schools.

Digital divide narrowed by the pandemic, but too many students are still unable to learn online

The UK’s #DigitalDivide narrowed during the coronavirus pandemic, @Ofcom research suggests  The proportion of homes without internet access appears to have fallen from 11% in March 2020, when the UK entered lockdown, to 6% of homes in March this year.

Oak National Academy launches Summer Learning Support to help children catch up on algebra, Shakespeare and British History

@OakNational Academy today (9 Jun) launches its Summer Learning Support package of optional lessons and resources for use in both face-to-face summer schools or activities at home during the holidays.

Oak National Academy launches new support videos for trainee teachers

Oak (@OakNational) teachers explain how they designed and structured their lessons New online videos offered for trainee teachers who have faced disruption to practical teaching experience this academic year

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