The BBC will offer over five hours of daily programming in it’s biggest educational TV offering to date, in a bid to help parents, children and teachers with remote learning.
The BBC has announced the launch of its biggest education offering to date, in a bid to help parents and children navigate homeschooling. The new initiative will ensure all children can access curriculum-based remote learning, even if they don’t have access to the internet. Television channels CBeebies and CBBC will cater to pre- and primary school children, while BBC Two will schedule programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.
Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.
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Content will be built around Bitesize Daily secondary shows, complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s award-winning factual programming units.
Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button as well as episodes being available on demand on BBC iPlayer.
The BBC is bringing its biggest ever education offer from Monday 11 January:
📚 @CBBC will have a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am.
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) January 5, 2021
Speaking about the initiative Tim Davie, BBC Director General, says: “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 sits alongside a wealth of online content at which parents, children and teachers can access when and where they need it.
“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,” says Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
“This will be a lifeline to parents and I welcome the BBC playing its part.”