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How cyber classrooms can help your child learn

The internet has brought new ways for schools to teach pupils, including the development of ‘virtual classrooms.’ These allow pupils anywhere with an internet connection to participate in live classes with other pupils from around the world. BBC Learning has been at the forefront of creating free, live, online, interactive lessons for UK schools that teachers and pupils can join in with. Here, in our latest guest blog, the organisation explains how it works

BBC Live Lessons are free, live, interactive lessons designed especially for schools.

Each Live Lesson has been devised and led by BBC Learning with our young audience in mind, featuring top experts and familiar faces from the world of CBBC; it is a fantastic way for you to engage your students with a subject in a fun and different way.

BBC Live Lessons aim to create live, shared learning experiences for students and teachers across the country, with our presenters encouraging teachers to send in examples or get in touch via social media on behalf of their students. It’s the chance to showcase your students’ work nationally, ask questions to experts or simply get your school a mention.

Each Live Lesson also comes with tailor made content to support teachers, including lesson plans and activities. A recording of each Live Lesson is also made available online afterwards as a teaching resource.

Join the UK’s biggest classroom live

The autumn term features a brand new timetable of lessons for primary schools, covering music, literacy and science.

Teachers can find out about upcoming lessons and take part wherever they are in the UK via the online stream at Downloadable lesson activities are available to support each Live Lesson subject.

You can find details of all upcoming Live Lessons online at
On the day of the Live Lesson, simply visit our homepage and click on the promo that says WATCH LIVE to tune in. There's no need to register or sign in.
Email to let us know if you’ll be watching and send in questions for our experts. Your school could be named live on the webcasts.

Watching the live broadcast

If you haven't had the chance to watch our live broadcasts, all of our Live Lessons are also made available to watch after the programme has aired.

You can access all of the resources and full versions of the programme on each Live Lesson page - use the top navigation for Primary and Secondary Live Lessons to see what's available.

We've also made each lesson available in short, digestible clips, so you can choose the elements you'd like to include in your lesson plans.

The BBC Live Lessons website is accessible to all, but primarily designed for teachers to help them plan lessons and share live broadcasts with their classes.

Teachers are encouraged to interact during each Live Lesson via email at and social media at #bbclivelessons.

Under BBC terms and conditions, teachers must ensure they have parental permission before sending any images or videos featuring children. 

*The next BBC Live Lesson is on 18 November. Find out more.

This article was originally published as a Senior Leadership Briefing for Parent Zone Digital School members. Find out more about our membership schemes for teachers and other professionals working with children and young people.