As millions of parents return to home schooling, the BBC has confirmed it will be making changes to its services to make way for programmes for primary and secondary school children.
Schedule changes will take place from Monday 11th January 2020.
- On CBBC, there will be a three hour block of educational programmes, starting from 9am each weekday.
- BBC Two will show programmes for secondary school children between 1pm and 3pm.
- BBC Scotland will show programmes tailored to the Scottish school curriculum from 10am on weekdays.
Additional programming will be available on BBC Red Button. All programmes will also be accessible on the iPlayer.
Alongside BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, the BBC will show episodes of Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher. Reruns of Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch will combine education with entertainment.
Announcing the new educational programming, Tim Davie, BBC Director General, 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.”
This is the second time the BBC has rolled out extra schools programmes. During the first lockdown, schedules were replaced with special programmes for the summer term.