There's no doubt that teachers and education professionals are facing huge challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only have there been budgetary and technological constraints but delivering a quality curriculum through remote learning is proving to be strenuous.
In light of the latest national lockdown and school closures, the BBC have decided to expand their educational programmes for primary and secondary school pupils.
Addressing the concerns that a large proportion of pupils are missing out, the BBC is offering the biggest educational programme in their history. This is to ensure that children can access curriculum-based programmes without needing an internet connection.
What Are The BBC Offering?
Starting from Monday the 11th of January 2021, pupils in Years 1-9 and those who are studying GCSEs will be able to access curriculum-based TV programmes to support their remote learning.
Each weekday, CBBC will dedicate a three-hour block of primary school programming from 09:00. This includes BBC Live Lessons, BBC Bitesize Daily, Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.
The BBC Bitesize Daily lessons will feature a different subject each day, ranging from Maths, English, Science, French and more. The likes of footballer Marcus Rashford and singer Geri Horner will alsofeature on the Celebrity Supply Teacher programme from 10:05.
Secondary school programming will feature on BBC Two each weekday between 13:00 and 15:00. This includes brand new content to support the curriculum. Topics will range from drama adaptations, science, history and factual titles.
How Can Pupils Access It?TV:
- Primary School Pupils - CBBC between 09:00 - 12:00 every weekday.
- Secondary School Pupils - BBC Two between 13:00 - 15:00 every weekday.
- Red Button - Bitesize Daily Lessons will also be shown via the Red Button on TV.
- Access the full TV schedules here.
- Through the BBC Bitesize Website, children of all ages can access learning resources.
- Episodes will also be available on catch-up via the BBC iPlayer.
What Other Resources Are Available?
The Oak National Academy is an online learning platform created by a mixture of teachers and organisations across the country. It offers video lessons and resources to help teachers deliver high-quality remote learning for their pupils.
Oak National Academy delivers the equivalent of three hours of lessons per day for primary schools students. For secondary school students, it provides four hours across a wide variety of topics.