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.


● Lead the creation and continuous improvement of our programme including the creation of our curriculum map, lessons and associated

resources with a particular focus on curriculum, unit and lesson quality

● Induct and train all teachers who are contributing to the programme

● Manage relationships with curriculum partners and subject leads as well as any external advisers contributing to the programme

● As a member of the leadership team, contribute to the strategy, planning and culture of the organisation

● Recruit, develop and manage a high performing curriculum team

● Manage a curriculum budget

● Deputise for the Programme Director and take on other general responsibilities as required

Knowledge, skills and experience

● Sector expert with knowledge of and expertise in curriculum design, instruction and assessment

● Skilled in collecting, analysing and using qualitative and quantitative data to inform continuous improvement

● Have qualified teacher status (QTS)

● Knowledge of the wider education system in England

● Experience of managing large partnerships of external stakeholders

● Experience of being part of a wider leadership team

● Experience of recruiting, developing and managing high performing teams (with a particular focus on dispersed or semi-formal teams)

● Experience managing at least a five-figure budget

Starting date: September (the start date is flexible, can be moved by a half-term for the right candidate)

For further information please see the full job pack here.

Closing date: 17th August 2020