BBC launches home learning lessons on BBC Two, CBBC and online from Monday, January 11

The UK's biggest classroom is set to be created when hours of home learning will be shown through television screens from Monday.

The BBC says it is going to devote 'significant airtime' to education from Monday in response to the latest lockdown and round of school closures.

The BBC is altering television schedules in response to school closures
The BBC is altering television schedules in response to school closures

Bringing together BBC Two, CBBC, the BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer those behind the ambitious project say it will ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning even if they don't have access to the internet.

It will all begin on Monday, January 11.

Each week day on CBBC will be a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button as well as episodes being available on demand on BBC iPlayer.

The BBC says the aim of putting lessons and programmes onto the television is to help families who may be struggling with devices or internet access
The BBC says the aim of putting lessons and programmes onto the television is to help families who may be struggling with devices or internet access

Tim Davie, BBC Director General, says: “Ensuring children across the UK have the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their nation’s school curriculum has been a key priority for the BBC throughout this past year.

“Education is absolutely vital - the BBC is here to play its part and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this to audiences so swiftly.”

The new range of television programmes will sit alongside other online content parents, children and teachers can access when they need it.

There will be dedicated programmes every day for older students
There will be dedicated programmes every day for older students

This includes for primary pupils BBC Bitesize online that has an expanded offer of structured lessons in Maths and English for all year groups whilst for secondary pupils, Bitesize is also home to two-week learning packs for English and Maths in KS3 (years 7, 8 and 9) as well as This Term’s Topics for other subjects to be used at home or to support teachers in the remote classrooms.

For students in Years 10 and 11, the Bitesize GCSE offer allows students to pick their exam board and subject to find everything they need to help with their studies.

More details are available at bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

For more family-related news from across Kent during this latest lockdown, including things to do with the kids at home, visit www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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