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23 January, 2021

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BBC delivers biggest education offer in its history

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The BBC is set to deliver the biggest educational offer in its history, as the country embarks upon its third national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The online learning sessions will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online services.

The BBC reacted quickly to the news of UK schools moving to remote learning, and this new offering will ensure that all children can access curriculum-based learning, even if they don’t have access to the internet.

It will deliver this new learning experience to children, teachers and parents starting on Monday 11th January.

BBC director general Tim Davie said: “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.”

Each weekday, CBBC will show a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am – including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily.

The broadcaster will also release other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher alongside much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

Meanwhile, BBC Two will cater for secondary school students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

Content will include Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s factual programming unit.

Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button as well as being available on demand via BBC iPlayer.

Mr Davie added: “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.”

This TV offer sits alongside the BBC’s online content at www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

Oliver Dowden, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, commented: “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.”

 

 

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