Dear Department for Education,
As a tech training and learning start up I note with interest the money that has been spent on setting up The Oak National Academy.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with the details of the tendering process for this work, the selection criteria and reasons why the Oak National Academy was best placed to deliver this project.
I look forward to your response
Mr C McShane
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Dear Chris Mcshane
"Thank you for your request for information, which was received on
4/20/2020 5:00 AM . You requested
As a tech training and learning start up I note with interest the money
that has been spent on setting up The Oak National Academy.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with the details of the
tendering process for this work, the selection criteria and reasons why
the Oak National Academy was best placed to deliver this project.
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
Oak National Academy (Oak) is a sector-led initiative which aims to
support teachers seeking to educate their pupils remotely. During the
period where schools are restricted in the number of pupils able to attend
due to Covid-19, Oak is assisting the State in carrying out its
educational functions as it is free of charge to schools and available to
Partners from a number of multi-academy trusts came together to form Oak
and approached the Department for Education with a proposal to deliver
remote education. The partners had used their unique position to be able
to mobilise a large number of teachers already within the state education
system to be able to start creating schemes of work and lessons
immediately. Oak was also in a position to be able to deliver this
assistance in a unique way which uses the school resources and personnel
already available to them, alongside the specific funding.
The Department has made £500,000 available to underwrite additional start
up costs. The grant will be paid to The Reach Foundation for the purposes
of financing Oak. This funding is being provided to assist in the
collation, post-production and sharing of a wide group of schools’
curriculum resources within the national school system. Given the need to
deliver this programme at pace so that it was ready from 20 April (the
start of the summer term), we did not invite bids for this work.
In Oak’s fourth week they received 2.2 million users accessing 8 million
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