Lockdown: BBC broadcasts teaching on TV to children when schools are closed


It has been confirmed that pupils trapped at home during the recent lockdown would be able to watch BBC television to boost their education.

The BBC has said it will provide pupils with the “biggest education offer in its history” who will not return to school in Scotland until Feb. 1.

The move comes after Scotland was put in a stay-at-home lockdown by Nicola Sturgeon, with schools remaining closed for most pupils in the region.

But CBBC will have three hours of programming for elementary school pupils beginning at 9am on Monday, while BBC Two will support pupils studying with at least two hours of programming every weekday for their GCSEs.

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

“Ensuring that children across the UK have the opportunity to continue to follow the relevant core elements of their country’s school curriculum has been a key priority for the BBC over the past year,” BBC Director General Tim Davie said.

“Education is absolutely vital – the BBC is here to play its part, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring that to viewers so quickly.”

Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, the BBC will carry its biggest educational offering yet:

@CBBC will be delivering a three-hour elementary school programming block beginning at 9 a.m.

@BBCTwo is planned to reach high school students every weekday with at least two hours of programming. https://t.co/NXpJSb7AHm pic.twitter.com/fyjvs4yWgW

– 5 January 2021 – BBC Press Office (@bbcpress)

Via the red button and online, additional content will also be available.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of Culture, said, “The BBC has helped the nation through some of the most difficult moments of the last century, and it will help our kids learn while we stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives for the next few weeks.”

“This will be a lifeline for parents and I welcome the BBC playing its part.”

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In the meantime, Joe Wicks will resume his online fitness classes beginning next week after they were a big hit with families during the first lockdown in March, “The Body Coach”

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m., his live sessions will be broadcast on his YouTube channel, giving families a chance to keep engaged while they’re trapped indoors.

In an Instagram message, he wrote, “We all need this for our mental health more than ever and working out can help.”


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