Oak National Academy is expanding its subject offering from January 2021 amid increased demand for the national online school as a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hits schools.
The expanded subject range will introduce physical education; drama; relationships, health and sex education; and design and technology, and will also include languages and arts.
The move comes as the online teaching platform set up in response to the first Covid-19 lockdown reports that its user numbers increased in October.
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The week before half-term, the platform saw 370,000 users, a 50 per cent increase on the numbers registered two weeks earlier.
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Numbers of users also increased in October in areas that were under Tier 3 restrictions, the highest level of lockdown – a 25 per cent increase was seen in Manchester and a 27 per cent in Sheffield in the last week alone.
The new curriculum offer has been developed with partners and subject associations.
- Design and technology – key stages 1-3, created with the Design and Technology Association.
- Drama – key stages 1-3, created with National Drama, the professional association for drama teachers and theatre educators.
- Physical education – key stages 1-2, created with the Association for Physical Education.
- Physical Education – key stage 3, created with the Youth Sport Trust.
- French and Spanish – key stage 2, created with Research in Primary Languages.
- Art, craft and design – key stages 1-2, created with the National Society for Education in Art and Design.
- RSHE - key stages 3-4, created with Bright Futures Educational Trust.