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With UK schooling currently badly disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak and the need for social distancing, the BBC has stepped up with a major programme designed to ensure that every child in the UK has the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their school curriculum.

bbc bitesize daily dock10 7APril2020Designed to act as a standalone resource or to complement what schools are providing remotely, and aimed at minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routine, the BBC Bitesize Daily will bring 14 weeks’ worth of educational programmes and lessons commencing from 20 April, the start of the summer term for most children.

Working closely with teachers, education providers such as Twinkl and White Rose Maths, the Department of Education in England, the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive, the BBC will provide nation specific, curriculum led activities and programming to complement the remote learning being offered by schools and to keep up every child’s educational momentum.

BBC Bitesize will act as one-stop shop for all the educational resources whether that be podcasts, videos, quizzes and importantly lessons. The service will deliver a tailored day of learning across BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds, with curriculum relevant offers across the UK. The programme include faces familiar to children such as Karim Zeroual, Oti Mabuse and Katie Thistleton will be part of Bitesize Daily which will be filmed in Match Of The Day’s studio at dock10 in Salford (pictured).

The nation’s best teachers will join big name partners across the worlds of sport, culture and literature such as the Premier League, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Puffin Books, who have also signed up to offer content and activities for both the BBC Bitesize Daily broadcast and BBC Bitesize Online with more partnerships to be announced in coming weeks.

From watching the 20 min programme on BBC iPlayer or BBC Red Button relevant to the child’s age, parents will be directed to the resources available that day for that child on BBC Bitesize online. Initially BBC Bitesize online will host a new Maths and English lesson for every child every day with more subjects to follow.

BBC Wales will be publishing specially-designed educational content for pupils in Wales in collaboration with teachers and partners. BBC ALBA is creating a learning collection which will be scheduled daily on the channel and will be available on BBC iPlayer, in addition to existing resources to support Gaelic medium education on BBC Bitesize.

“In these uncertain times parents look to the BBC to support them and offer education while children can’t be in school. This is the biggest education effort the BBC has ever undertaken,” said BBC Director-General Tony Hall. “We are proud to be there when the nation needs us, working with teachers, schools and parents to ensure children have access and support to keep their learning going - come what may. We have been overwhelmed by the offers of help and support in putting this provision together and are looking forward to ensuring every child can continue to learn, and have fun, through our high-quality teaching and accessible education offer.”

“This is public service broadcasting at its best and will make a big difference to millions of children across the UK while schools are closed,” added UK Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden. “I'm delighted the BBC is working closely with the government to help make sure our children are educated, informed and entertained during these challenging times.”