Oak National Academy publishes SEN lessons and resources

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Lessons and resources for pupils with additional needs have been published by the Oak National Academy to support home education during the lockdown.

The government-funded initiative launched last month offering 180 video lessons a week across a range of subjects for Reception through to year 10.

The resources are being created by a team of 40 state school teachers and the lessons are sequenced and free to use.

The site launched with resources for mainstream pupils who do not need significant support or adaptation to access the curriculum.

Now, with support from around 20 teachers and therapists from special schools in England, lessons and resources have been added for pupils with additional needs.

They are designed for pupils with the greatest additional needs and many are intended for families to work through with their child.

It includes lessons covering language and communication, numeracy, independent living and creative arts. Additional videos will cover speech and language, occupation and physical therapies.

Meanwhile, the wider curriculum resources are being made more accessible with sign language and subtitles.

Since its launch on April 20, more than four million people have accessed the Oak National Academy online classrooms.

Matt Hood, principal of Oak National Academy, said: “Schools who support pupils with additional needs are facing huge challenges at this time. No one knows or understands a young learner better than their parents and carers and nothing can replace the unique relationships between teachers, pupils and their families. However, we hope our new offer will go some way in helping teachers and families to support learners while schools are closed.”

The Oak National Academy is one of a wealth of free resources that have been created or made freely available by charities, education companies and others to support home education during the coronavirus lockdown.

Headteacher Update has now published three compendia articles listing hundreds of mainly free resources to support curriculum learning, wellbeing and mental health, and school staff among other areas.

Further information

  • The Oak National Academy website is www.thenational.academy
  • Headteacher Update: Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 3, April 27, 2020: https://bit.ly/2S7OFQk
  • Headteacher Update: Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 2, April 7, 2020: https://bit.ly/2JNDxDy
  • Headteacher Update: Coronavirus: Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 1, March 24, 2020: https://bit.ly/33JgZNB

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