The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) and Ochre Education have today launched a series of sequenced, free video lessons and curriculum resources developed by teachers, for teachers. The resources are available for teachers to use as they wish, to complement their existing teaching and planning.

These resources will save teachers time and ease the pressure in finding and creating teaching and learning resources that embed evidence-based practices. They are also an instant back-up to support teachers with remote learning and lesson cover.

The lessons have been taught by 14 leading teachers from across the country and in all schooling systems.

Teachers can now access:

  • over 80 high-quality video lessons in primary maths and English
  • about 350 resources such as lesson slides, worksheets and quizzes
  • fully sequenced curriculum maps, detailing overviews of the content, units and principles for each subject.

Lessons are around one hour long and include introductory and exit quizzes, a video explanation from the teacher and a worksheet.

The lessons and resources will support teachers to effectively implement evidence-based practices including explicit instruction and formative assessment, as described in AERO’s Tried and Tested evidence guides for schools.

An additional 200 Ochre video lessons and 800 accompanying resources will be progressively released in Term 1 2022, including more primary maths and English lessons, and secondary science.

Teachers can find these on AERO’s website and the Ochre platform.

Caroline Reed and Reid Smith, co-CEOs of Ochre Education,say, ‘Ochre Education has been created to help the people who know best – teachers – to deliver more great lessons. To see teachers come together in this way to support schools and students across the country is remarkable.

We are delighted to be working with AERO, as we open our virtual doors this term. Developed by teachers, for teachers, our online lessons and resources are available for any teacher in the country to draw on, to complement their own work. Inspired by the impressive impact of the UK’s Oak National Academy, we aim to replicate Oak’s success within Australia to support every child to have fair access to high-quality education.’

Dr. Jenny Donovan, Chief Executive of AERO, says, ‘AERO wants to improve student learning by encouraging teachers to use evidence-based practices that are proven to work. One way to support teachers to adopt effective practices is to show them what these approaches look like in classrooms, modelled by expert practitioners. Ochre’s teacher-developed content brings to life the evidence-base that is described in AERO’s Tried and Tested evidence guides.’

About the Australian Education Research Organisation (AER0)

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) is Australia’s new independent education evidence body, established and funded by Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

AERO works towards excellent and equitable outcomes for all children and young people by advancing an evidence-based education system. AERO’s role is to generate high-quality evidence, make high-quality evidence accessible and enhance the use of evidence in Australian education.

About Ochre Education

Ochre Education is a new Australian not-for-profit online classroom and resource hub created by teachers, for teachers, which supports teachers to deliver more great lessons. Through its bank of video lessons and instructional resources, Ochre aims to:   

  • share high-quality, curriculum-aligned lessons and instructional materials, created by fellow teachers, freeing up teachers to allow them to focus on working directly with students 
  • enable students away from school to access those same great lessons in our online classroom.
  • support teacher professional development through demonstrations of evidence-based teaching practice embedded in the curriculum.

Ochre is a free platform, with no sign-ups or logins required.

Ochre is inspired by the UK’s successful Oak National Academy, which was launched by teachers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership with AERO will enable Ochre to provide an initial offer to teachers, with an ambition to work with Australian teachers to produce 8,000 lessons and materials by the end of the 2022 school year.

Ochre Education is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.

Media contact

For AERO media enquiries please contact:
Angela Sassone
T: 0499 243 412
E: [email protected]

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