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Oak National Academy is an online classroom and resource hub created in response to the closure of schools during the coronavirus pandemic.[1] It was created by groups of teachers, schools and educational organisations. It was announced on Sunday 19th April, and received the backing of the Department for Education.[2] Its principal is Matt Hood, the former Director of the Institute for Teaching.[3]

Oak National Academy
TypeOnline classroom
EstablishedApril 19, 2020 (2020-04-19)
PrincipalMatt Hood



Oak was established in response to the closure of school during the coronavirus pandemic and provides free online lessons and resources to pupils from reception to year 10. [4]


Each week teachers from English state schools provide videoed lessons. Each lesson is an hour long and includes a quiz, a video explanation from the teacher and a worksheet.[5] New lessons are uploaded every week.


Lessons at Oak National Academy extend from early years reception (ages 4/5) to year 10 (ages 14/15) and cover the following subjects:[6]

Primary (including Early Years Foundation Stage)

  • English (including phonics at EYFS and KS1)
  • Maths
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Foundation (covering History, Geography and Science through a topic-based curriculum)


  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Latin

In the media



  1. Coughlan, Sean (April 19, 2020). "Laptops offered for online school lessons at home" – via
  2. "New major package to support online learning". GOV.UK.
  3. "How we set up a virtual school for 750,000 students in two weeks".
  4. "Gavin Williamson speech on COVID-19 response". GOV.UK.
  5. "Information for teachers and schools". Oak National Academy.
  6. "Oak National Academy: Everything you need to know". Tes.

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