The BBC has announced the biggest education offer in its history starting next week.
Each week day on its children’s programming channel CBBC it will devote a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily.
Other educational programming includes Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and existing ‘edu-tainment’ titles 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.
Content will be built around Bitesize Daily secondary shows, complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s factual programming units, it said.
Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button as well as episodes being available on demand on its on-demand iPlayer service.
Tim Davie, BBC Director General, said it was a key priority to ensure UK children have access to its education content.
“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,” he said.,
This TV offer sits alongside online content which includes BBC Bitesize online with an expanded offering of structured lessons in Maths and English.
‘This Term’s Topics’ also covers other curriculum subjects and curates learning content that works for the Spring curriculum.
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.
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, added: “The BBC has helped the nation through some of the toughest moments of the last century, and for the next few weeks it will help our children learn whilst we stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
“This will be a lifeline to parents and I welcome the BBC playing its part.”
Educational content for all nations will also be available.