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Record numbers flocked to BBC Bitesize Daily during lockdown

17 July, 2020

The biggest education push in the BBC’s history saw groundbreaking numbers of children and parents turn to its BBC Bitesize Daily resources for homeschooling support.

The initiative, which launched on 20 April, delivered 150 online lessons and 30 dedicated TV programmes each week to support children in their home learning. Its debut has seen 5.5 million requests on BBC iPlayer, and an average of 3.8 million unique visitors per week to its website – up 121 per cent over the same period in 2019.

Several familiar faces – including David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Jodie Whittaker – hosted lessons during lockdown, while high-profile organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Premier League also lent their support.

Helen Foulkes, Head of BBC Education, said: “In April, we said we would be there for parents and children in navigating home schooling and these incredible figures show just how many have come to us. We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved during what has been a truly difficult time.”

She added that she hoped parents and children will continue to access BBC Bitesize throughout their academic journey.

Families aren’t the only ones to have benefited from the broadcaster’s efforts: teachers have used the initiative to support their virtual classrooms and BBC Teach had an average of 519,000 visitors each week.

All 1,800 lessons will remain online over the summer, and Sir David Attenborough will be asking children to create their own nature diary over the holidays, accompanied by special lessons to introduce them to the nature and wildlife communities around them.

BBC Bitesize features in our list of 22 summer learning resources your children will love. You’ll also find tips, advice and information to keep your child entertained over the holidays in our new dedicated Parents’ Area.

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