Video resources: Trainee teachers offered lesson design insights

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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A series of support videos for trainee teachers has been launched by the Oak National Academy offering advice on designing and structuring lessons.

The videos have been produced by Oak’s teachers and are aimed at supporting trainee teachers who have faced disruption to their practical teaching experience this year.

Oak National Academy was set up with government funding last year to support schools’ efforts to provide remote education during national lockdowns.

The new videos feature Oak teachers reflecting on lessons they have created for the platform, what methods they have chosen and why. They explain how each lesson has been structured and designed and share their pedagogical decisions.

The videos exemplify key elements of the ITT Core Content Framework (DfE, 2019), which sets out the core minimum entitlement for all trainees that ITT providers must draw upon when designing and delivering their programmes.

The first eight videos of the project are available now, with core subjects English, maths and science covered for primary and secondary phases.

More videos are currently in production and the aim is to offer training videos for each subject and phase of foundation curriculum subjects. Around 20 further videos are expected to be launched in May.

Oak National Academy now has more than 10,000 lessons freely available. Matt Hood, principal of Oak National Academy, said: “Oak National Academy’s focus has been supporting teachers so pupils could keep learning during a time of disruption. However, teachers and trainee teachers in particular, have said how useful watching Oak lessons has been for them. We hope these videos will be a helpful addition to their learning, and we’ve been delighted to work alongside teacher training providers to develop them.”

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