BBC puts school materials on TV, iPlayer and online

BBC puts school materials on TV, iPlayer and online

access_time2021-01-13 14:09:27

The BBC is helping school children keep up with their studies during the latest lockdown.

While primary and secondary schools are closed to most pupils, the BBC is broadcasting lessons and programmes on BBC Two and CBBC - as well as on iPlayer, with extra content online.

The curriculum-based TV programmes will run alongside the BBC Bitesize collection of educational resources , which will continue to provide online learning at home for pupils in Years 1 to 9, and those studying for GCSEs and Nationals.

On TV, there will be three hours of primary school programming on CBBC, and two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

During the first lockdown last spring, content was available on iPlayer, Red Button services and online, but not on regular television channels. The move to TV comes amid concerns many families are struggling to provide the technology and internet connections for their children to take part in online learning.


Tim Davie, BBC director general, says ensuring children across the UK have the opportunity to continue to follow the core parts of the school curriculum has been a key priority for the corporation.

"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."

There will be both lessons and educational programmes.

For primary school pupils, CBBC will show BBC Bitesize Daily as well as popular shows such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

The Bitesize Daily lessons  on TV will feature a different subject each day across the week, including maths, English, science and French. There will be teaching for five-to-seven year-olds, seven-to-nine year-olds and those aged nine-to-11.

The Celebrity Supply Teacher programme at 10:05 will feature the likes of footballer Marcus Rashford on PE and singer Geri Horner's English tips.


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