Find out about the terms and conditions of using our resources
We want you to make the best possible use of all the lesson planning and teaching resources available on our website. Reading this guide will help you make sure that your use of our lesson resources complies with our Terms and conditions.
What website content does licensing relate to?
Licensing of our lesson content covers our:
- Slide decks
- Videos and audio content.
We also have transcripts of our lesson videos and we have used a variety of digital tools within them. These tools include subtitling, captioning, sign language and other methods to assist with accessibility.
The different licensing rules that apply depending on publication date
There are 2 types of lesson content in relation to licensing.
- Collection 1 relates to content published before September 2022 and was produced as part of our work on the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Collection 2 relates to any content published after 1st September 2022, when we became an Arm’s Length Body of the Department for Education.
Please contact email@example.com if you're unsure which Collection the lesson content belongs to.
Collection 1 lesson content published before September 2022
You can identify Collection 1 content by looking at our logo and the colours and design.
Collection 1 can be identified by our old logo:
Collection 1 example slide deck and video title slide:
Collection 1 example quiz:
Collection 1 example worksheet:
How to use Collection 1
Collection 1 lesson content is available to use for non-commercial educational purposes only.
- You can download slide decks, quizzes and worksheets for non-commercial purposes.
- Lesson videos are not available for download, recording or reproduction for any reason.
The use of Collection 1 lesson content is restricted to non-commercial, educational purposes only. You may not use this lesson content commercially in any way.
Teachers and pupils
Our resources can be used in your classroom or at home. You and your pupils can download and print our slide decks, quizzes and worksheets.
- Download our lesson videos
- Sell our resources
Collection 2 lesson content published after 1st September 2022
You can identify Collection 2 content by looking at our logo and the colours and design.
Collection 2 can be identified by our current logo:
Collection 2 example slide deck and video title slide:
Collection 2 example quiz:
Collection 2 example worksheet:
How to use Collection 2
Collection 2 lesson content is available in the same way to use for educational purposes to all non-commercial users including teachers and pupils as Collection 1.
However, you can also do lots more with Collection 2 content because it is classed as Open Educational Resources (OER) and is openly licensed.
There are endless possibilities for you to use this lesson content. All of our Collection 2 content is provided on an Open Government Licence (OGL) v3.0, except where otherwise stated.
You will see the following wording on lesson content:
This licence is compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY 4.0).
Other ways Collection 2 lesson content can be used
Collection 2 lesson content can also be:
- copied, published, distributed and transmitted
- used commercially and non-commercially, for example by combining it with other information, or by including it in your own product or application.
All you need to do if you use our Collection 2 lesson content is to make sure you attribute the lesson content you re-use to Oak National Academy correctly. See the later section Using lesson content if there is no third party copyright included.
You don’t need to worry about removing our branding as use of this is covered where it’s an integral part of the content we’ve provided.
You should still be careful to respect the rights of third party copyright holders. See the next section What is third party copyright and how do I know if it’s included.
What is third party copyright and how do I know if it's included?
Third party copyright is anything in a lesson that is not owned by Oak, but included to enhance its quality. Oak has secured licensing agreements with dozens of rightsholders in order to use a diverse range of content in our resources.
We’ve tried to maximise the use of open licence content so a lot of the third party content is included on an open basis using licences like the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY and CC-BY-SA) and Creative Commons Zero Licence (CCO).
All third party copyright will be clearly marked where it appears through an attribution statement like this:
The attribution statement will differ depending on the rightsholder’s preferences.
Using lesson content if third party copyright is present
Educational use in UK schools by teachers and pupils
If you’re a teacher or pupil in the UK and want to use the content as part of your teaching or learning you don’t need to worry!
All of the providers of our third party copyright have given their permission to use the content for non-commercial, education purposes in UK classrooms.
If you’re not a UK teacher or pupil, or you want to use the content for anything other than non-commercial, educational purposes in UK classrooms, you’ll need to carefully consider the third party rights embedded in our content if you wish to use it.
You need to check whether your proposed use of the content is in accordance with the terms of the licence we have marked. This may require you to consult with the relevant rightsholder.
In accordance with our Terms and conditions your use of materials on our website is entirely at your own risk and we are not liable for any loss, injury or damage caused by this use.
Using lesson content if there is no third party copyright included
Teachers and pupils
Go for it!
Our resources can be used in your classroom or at home and you and your pupils can download and print our lesson videos, slide decks, quizzes, worksheets and additional materials.
You’re also free to use content in a variety of additional ways including:
- adapting it to suit the needs of you and your pupils
- sharing it on your school’s website
- including it in other content which you have created yourself, which you can then give or sell to others.
If you want to use content in any of these additional ways, you’ll need to attribute your use in the following way.
Title: “An example Oak lesson, or image”
Author: “Oak National Academy”
Source: “Oak lesson page” - linked to the Oak lesson page
Licence: “Open Government Licence v3.0 (OGL)”
An example of the attribution to Oak National Academy would be:
If you’re unsure how to attribute Oak, particularly if you’re using lots of content in ways that make attribution of each individual item difficult, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.