BBC Bitesize: lockdown learning tool for school pupils in England explained - and what is Bitesize Daily?

BT, EE, and Plusnet customers can access BBC Bitesize online without using up data

In an effort to assist homeschooling during the latest national lockdown, the BBC is broadcasting a variety of lessons across its different platforms.

Remote learning primary and secondary pupils are being offered a helping hand through BBC Bitesize, with schools closed to the majority of children during the lockdown.

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As well as the online portal, curriculum-based programmes will now be broadcasted on regular TV channels in addition to the iPlayer and red button from 11 January.

BBC Bitesize will offer parent, puoils and teachers a helping hand during lockdown. (Pic: PA)BBC Bitesize will offer parent, puoils and teachers a helping hand during lockdown. (Pic: PA)
BBC Bitesize will offer parent, puoils and teachers a helping hand during lockdown. (Pic: PA)
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The BBC has also announced a deal for BT, EE, and Plusnet Mobile customers to use Bitesize content without eating into their data allowance from the end of January.

What is BBC Bitesize?

Launched in 1998, Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource to help school-age pupils in the UK with their schoolwork and preparation for exams.

For kids aged 3 to 11, there is access to a minimum 17 subjects such as art and design, history and physical education alongside key subjects English, maths and science.

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There are 26 subjects listed to support the education of key stage three pupils, and even more for pupils studying for their GCSEs, as well as career tools for all secondary levels.

It has proved to be a useful tool for students, teachers and parents during national lockdowns, which have seen many children continue their studies from home.

How do you watch BBC Bitesize?

Alongside online support, there will be three hours of primary school programming on CBBC and two hours for secondary pupils on BBC 2 every week day.

The programming, which began at 9am on Monday 11 January, includes BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational shows such as Horrible Histories and Celebrity Supply Teacher.

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Secondary school pupils can benefit from drama adaptations, as well as BBC science, history and factual programmes to help support their curriculum.

Both primary and secondary school programmes are available every day on regular TV channels as well as the red button and iPlayer.

What is Bitesize Daily?

BBC Bitesize Daily is a 20-minute lesson which covers different subjects, including maths, English, science and French, for different age groups every weekday.

The programme will be delivered by a range of experts, teachers and some familiar faces from TV, sport and beyond, say the BBC.

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There is a tailored online service for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Is BBC Bitesize free?

Accessing the internet is still an issue for some low income families, leading to the BBC finding new ways for children to use its content.

It announced a deal to allow BT, EE, and Plusnet customers to access Bitesize without eating into their data allowances from the end of January.

BBC director general Tim Davie said: “With the pandemic forcing schools to close again, we should not allow a lack of digital access to further impact children's education.

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“The BBC will continue to do all we can to ensure every child, whatever their circumstances, can continue to access vital educational materials during this time.”

While lessons are accessible on regular TV channels - BBC 2 and CBBC - as well as through the iPlayer, red button and online to reach even more children.