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Access to some of our lessons is changing

Our lessons were initially created at the height of the pandemic with a range of schools, publishers and organisations. With the worst of the pandemic now thankfully behind us, we’ve been discussing new arrangements with our partners.

We’ve been working hard to keep all our lessons and resources available. You’ll still be able to access and fully rely on 85% of our content for the full year ahead, with no changes


Unfortunately, due to restrictions and the end of licences from some of our partners, a number of subjects in certain key stages will be removed during September.

Continued access via United Learning’s platform

Lessons for the following subjects have now been taken down from our online Classroom and Teacher Hub. We're pleased, however, that you'll continue to be able to access these for free from United Learning’s own platform:

  • KS4 English
  • KS4 history
  • KS3 and KS4 science
  • KS3 and KS4 geography 
  • KS3 and KS4 art

You can access these on United Learning's platform here.

If you have any queries about accessing the platform or content you can contact United Learning via continuityoak@unitedlearning.org.uk.

Other limited changes on the Oak platform

The following, more limited, changes will also be made to Oak’s lessons during September.

KS4 MFL lessons

Not all lessons are affected, but across all units of KS4 French, German and Spanish, there have been changes to some lessons. In the affected lessons, due to copyright restrictions we’ve removed the video lessons and transcripts, and updated lesson slides to remove some speaking and listening exercises. Where they were already available, our worksheets and quizzes are still there for you to use to support your teaching.

The exercises that have been removed from the slides can be found in textbooks by Pearson. You can find the textbook and page references in the curriculum map appendices tables we’ve linked to below (second tab, final column). These documents also include a breakdown of the lessons and information about the grammar, vocabulary and sounds of the language each lesson should cover, so teachers who do not have access to the relevant textbooks can plan appropriate exercises of their own.

Save these documents to your Google Drive by clicking on File > Make a copy. Or download a copy by clicking on File > Download.

English

We will be removing the following units only from 30 September:

  • KS2: The Fate of Fausto - Narrative Writing; The Day the Crayons Quit - Persuasive writing; The British by Benjamin Zephaniah; Demon Dentist by David Walliams; Street Child by Berlie Doherty.
  • KS3: The sonnet through time,: 'The sonnet-ballad', Gwendolyn Brooks.

Citizenship

A small number of Citizenship lessons will be removed from 30 September.

Specialist

12 lessons from our Specialist curriculum will be removed from 30 September.

 

 

All other units, key stages and subjects will be unaffected and, as above, you’ll still be able to access and fully rely on these for all of 2022/23. 


We’re really sorry as we know the changes will cause inconvenience. We recommend you review what you've got downloaded, and any links you’ve saved or shared with pupils to the lessons and resources above.

Plan for the changes using our directory

To help you navigate these changes, we've updated our Lesson and Resource Directory: a downloadable document detailing every one of our lessons.

Lesson & Resource directory  <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jfBonn7WE5R71ivmls1EKz8Y_8LfgGdETiutb4cRXxg/>


We've highlighted the lessons that will be changed or moved from Oak and made available on United Learning's platform. 


As part of our plans for the future, we’ll be working with schools and expert organisation to create new, improved resources in all of these subjects – but unfortunately these won’t be available for 2022/23. We’ll share more on our exciting future plans shortly. 

When we initially created our lessons, we never envisaged they’d be available for so long, so we want to thank all our partners for the amazing support they’ve given.