Upgrade: Oak will become quango’s new UK online academy

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The Oak National Academy is to be transformed into a new independent government body designed to provide free educational resources to schools across the UK, Your understand

It is understood the government is to give Oak the contract to run a national online academy as part of its upgrade plans, announced in a white paper last month, in which it said the new organization “would offer the best lessons” from “the best teachers” online.

It is unclear whether partners who provided free resources to distribute on the Oak platform as part of the emergency pandemic response, including Ark and United Learning, will continue to support the new body.. Most had pledged to allow Oak to offer their content to schools through the end of the current school year.

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

Last year, Your revealed that Oak would remain free until spring 2022 and had received additional government funding of £2.1million to ‘stay open’ until the end of the current spring term to ‘support Covid resilience -19 and the workload of teachers”.

The additional funding follows the £4.3million it has received to continue providing remote learning support to schools until the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Further details, including funding and a launch date for the new body, are expected to be released by the Department of Education later this week.

The DfE and Oak National Academy have been approached for comment.

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