The BBC have reacted swiftly to the announcement of UK schools moving to remote learning for the duration of the latest lockdown with a range of educational programming for children.
From Monday January 11 at 9am, CBBC will broadcast a three-hour block of programmes dedicated to primary school learning each weekday. BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily will be shown, along with educational programmes such as Celebrity Supply Teacher and Our School.
Episodes of Horrible Histories, Operation Ouch and Art Ninja will also be scheduled.
BBC Two will cater for secondary school students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.
BBC Director General, Tim Davie, said: “Ensuring children across the UK have the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their nation’s school curriculum has been a key priority for the BBC throughout this past year.
“Education is absolutely vital – the BBC is here to play its part and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this to audiences so swiftly.”
This TV offer ensures that children without access to a laptop for online learning will still be able to access educational content at home.
The BBC will also offer online content, with BBC Bitesize online for primary school age children. There will be a range of structured lessons in Maths and English for all year groups and a section entitled ‘This Term’s Topics’ to cover other subjects in line with the Spring curriculum. Visit bbc.co.uk/bitesize and click on the year group to access the content
For secondary pupils, Bitesize provides access to two-week learning packs for English and Maths for years 7, 8 and 9) plus ‘This Term’s Topics’ for other subjects to be used at home or to support teachers in the remote classrooms.
For students in Years 10 and 11, the Bitesize GCSE offer allows students to pick their exam board and subject to find everything they need to help with their studies. Visit bbc.co.uk/bitesize/secondary for details.
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, says: “The BBC has helped the nation through some of the toughest moments of the last century, and for the next few weeks it will help our children learn whilst we stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
“This will be a lifeline to parents and I welcome the BBC playing its part.”