Teaching from Home: Matt Hood – Oak National Academy and ResearchED Home


The Teaching from Home podcast series is kindly supported by Tes resources. Tes resources have created a home learning collection full of hand-picked free resources for teachers to use with children who are learning at home or to share with parents. You can also find this collection through the Tes coronavirus support hub at tes.com/coronavirus


Hello and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is another episode in my Teaching from Home podcast series – a series dedicated to supporting teachers who are working from home amidst the Covid-19 outbreak of 2020.

My aim is that you will hear from a wide variety of teachers, sharing a wide variety of experiences. There will be technology focussed episodes – just how does remote teaching work? But also episodes focussed on the practicalities of coping with setting students appropriate work whilst also having to look after your own children at home. Then there are issues of safeguarding, differentiation, mindset and more that I hope will come up as we progress. There will be maths teachers, teachers of other subjects, and primary school teachers. There will be teachers from the UK and overseas. Hopefully something for everyone. I have no idea how long this series will go on for – but so long as people keep listening and hopefully finding it useful, I shall continue!

This time I spoke to Matt Hood. Matt is the Principal of Oak National Academy – an online school set up over the Easter holidays sharing videos and resources for students from Reception to 10. Seven schools days after its launch, over 1 million pupils have watched over 2 million lessons. I asked Matt about how this project came about, and how teachers are using the resources. But we also discussed something that hasn’t come up yet in this series – teacher CPD during school closures. Matt talks about researchED home, as well as the idea of teachers using the Oak National Academy videos essentially as lesson observations to consider and critique. We even end with Matt’s life hack about how to be productive during lockdown.

On Twitter, Matt is @matthewhood

Oak National Academy’s website is: thenational.academy/online-classroom

ResearchED home is: researched.org.uk/researched-home-2020


My usual plugs:


Thanks so much for listening, stay safe, and I really hope you enjoy the show
Craig Barton


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