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AERO and Ochre Education launch free teaching resources to help return to school

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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.’


Ochre lessons

We have partnered with Ochre Education to provide teachers with hundreds of high-quality curriculum resources.

About Ochre

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

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