BBC to deliver ‘biggest educational offer in its history’ as it preps TV programming for pupils
The BBC has said it will deliver the "biggest education offer in its history" for school pupils as tighter restrictions across the UK impact educational learning for young people and other learners.
As Scottish schools remain closed until at least February 1 with many Government critics calling this ‘optimistic’, the BBC has launched a UK-wide educational TV drive to enhance remote digital learning across the country.
From Monday January 11, 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.
BBC Scotland will also continue to offer online resources for Scottish pupils studying for Scotland-specific exams in both primary an secondary education.
All Scotland-specific educational programmes can be found on their ‘Learn at BBC Scotland’ page which offers a variety of online learning tools from those aged 3 all the way up to Secondary 6th year students.
There will also be ‘Stories in Scots’ available via the BBC Scotland website and via BBC Sounds which include Greek myths spoken in Scots dialect and a re-telling of Robert Burns’ infamous Tam O'Shanter for modern young Scots.
PM Boris Johnson welcomed the news, and said: "Fantastic initiative from the BBC, who will be helping children to learn while we all must stay at home."
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.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "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."