About Oak National Academy

Oak is an online classroom and resource hub created by teachers, for teachers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a free platform accessible from any device including mobiles, with no sign-ups or logins required.

Oak will provide lessons for the entire 2020/21 academic year, as a safety net for schools and pupils while in-person learning faces continued disruption and uncertainty. Lessons cover Reception to Year 11 across a range of subjects including a specialist curriculum, and have been designed both to be as adaptable as possible by schools and to cover a diversity of curriculum and thought. Lessons include quizzes, videos and activity worksheets for independent learning.

What we are looking for

The majority of lesson resources will be created over summer so lessons are ready for schools to use before September.

We are now recruiting for other core team roles from September, to help us see Oak through the next academic year. We need a team that can maintain and improve the platform, support the continuous improvement of lesson content on the site, support schools and parents to use the materials and help us to build and run a sustainable organisation.

We are a very new organisation, set up at speed in April 2020. Whilst we are new, our reach to date has been significant (19 million lessons in the first three months). That means we still feel like a start up and we’re looking for colleagues who can work with ambiguity, love a challenge and who roll their sleeves up. At Oak, everyone needs to pitch in.

The Role


  • Lead Oak's Press, Public Affairs and Stakeholder relations
  • Develop and deliver a press and media strategy and manage the day to day running of the press office and contact with journalists
  • Manage relations with key sector stakeholders, unions and politicians
  • Develop and deliver future fundraising strategy
  • Management of any agency support
  • Work closely with the Head of Marketing and School Engagement and their team
  • Deputise for Director of External Relations and take on other general responsibilities as required

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Significant senior experience leading press, public affairs and stakeholders relations
  • Excellent media and political insight and judgement
  • Proven success managing high profile and sensitive senior relationships
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the education sector
  • Desire to get stuck into delivery, working across all areas, in an exciting, fast-paced but small team
  • Managing fast-paced, demanding and high risk areas of work
  • Experience successfully engaging high level funders

Starting date: As soon as possible

For more information please see the full job pack here.

Closing date: 10th August 2020