Oak expands offer as demand rises in Covid spike

National online school Oak National Academy to offer subjects including PE and RHSE as demand increases

Claudia Civinini

Remote learning: National online school Oak National Academy is to expand its offer amid a rise in demand as a result of the coronavirus second wave

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.

It includes:

  • 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.

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Claudia Civinini

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