BBC to broadcast free education programmes during lockdown

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he BBC has said it will deliver the “biggest education offer in its history” for young people as schools across the UK shut under new lockdown rules. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged England into its third national shutdown on Monday, while schools are also currently closed to most pupils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From next week, CBBC will offer three hours of primary school programming from 9am, while BBC Two will support pupils studying for their GCSEs with at least two hours of dedicated programming each weekday.

Educational programmes such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch will all be broadcast.

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Additional content will also be available on the red button and online.

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BBC director-general Tim Davie said: “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.” Additional content will also be available on the red button and online.

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden responded to the news saying: “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.”

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson tweeted: “Thank you BBC for supporting continued education for pupils at home, alongside the strengthened remote education offer from schools + access to 10,000 Oak National Academy online lessons.

“We’re also delivering 1 million laptops and tablets to those who need them the most.”

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