Coronavirus: BBC unveils 'biggest ever' education push

Broadcaster promises 'every child' in UK will have learning supported during coronavirus crisis

Amy Gibbons


The BBC has unveiled the "biggest push on education in its history" to support "every child in the UK".

The broadcaster's new "expanded" education offer will include 14 weeks of programmes and lessons for children of all ages, which will allow them "to follow the appropriate core parts of their nation’s school curriculum in these challenging times".

On Monday 20 April, the start of the summer term for most pupils, the BBC will launch "a tailored day of learning" across BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, the BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds, with "curriculum relevant offers" across the UK.

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The broadcaster said: "Together, this comprehensive package is aimed at minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routine in these challenging times."

It will include: 

  • BBC Bitesize Daily: Six 20-minute programmes featuring teachers, experts and famous faces will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button every day, targeting six age groups, from ages 5 to 14.
  • Bitesize Daily Online: New maths and English lessons will be uploaded every day, for Years 1-10. Resources will also be available for other subjects such as history, geography and art. Online content will include videos, quizzes, infographics and articles. The website will also offer house guides with advice for effective home schooling, and guidance for pupils with special educational needs.
  • BBC iPlayer: Specially-curated content will include curriculum-related videos and programmes, organised by year group and subject.
  • BBC Sounds: Two 10-minute education podcasts aimed at parents of primary and secondary pupils will be uploaded each day.
  • BBC Four: A block of programming supporting GCSE and A level curriculums will be broadcast each weekday evening.

BBC Director General Lord Hall said: "In these uncertain times parents look to the BBC to support them and offer education while children can't be in school.

"This is the biggest education effort the BBC has ever undertaken. This comprehensive package is something only the BBC would be able to provide.

"We are proud to be there when the nation needs us, working with teachers, schools and parents to ensure children have access and support to keep their learning going - come what may."

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Millions of parents are supporting their children to continue learning at home while schools are closed, to help slow the spread of coronavirus."

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Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons is a reporter at Tes

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