BBC unveils biggest education push in its history
3 April, 2020
The BBC will deliver 14 weeks worth of educational resources to children of all ages as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, marking the biggest education push in the public service broadcaster’s history.
The initiative, which starts on 20 April, will consist of, among other things, daily lessons and quizzes on BBC Bitesize, videos on the BBC iPlayer and TV programmes to complement the education schools are providing remotely in line with each of the four nations’ curriculums.
Several familiar faces – including Karim Zeroual, Oti Mabuse and Katie Thistleton – have lent their support, along with several high-profile organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Premier League.
“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,” said director general of the BBC Tony Hall.
“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.”
The BBC’s resources have been developed in cooperation with teachers and all four governments in the UK and will be adapted according to children’s age group and national curriculum. There will also be materials available for parents to support their child’s home learning.
“As a parent, I know encouraging children to learn at home is no easy task and I am delighted that the BBC has worked with experts and exceptional teachers to create this educational package to support schools and parents by bringing learning to life on TVs, computers and tablets across the country,” said education secretary Gavin Williamson.