With schools and nurseries closed to all but the children of key workers, and parents working hard to keep their children occupied while the Stay at Home guidance remains in place, the BBC has announced what it describes as “the biggest education effort the BBC has ever undertaken”.
Teaming up with organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Premier League and Puffin Books, the BBC has said that it will support the education of every child in the country during the crisis.
Core subjects including Maths, English and Science will be covered by six 20-minute programmes every day on the red button and BBC iPlayer, with programmes suitable for years one to 10.
The initiative will run for an initial 14 weeks, beginning after the Easter holidays on 20 April.
Tony Hall, the BBC Director General, said: “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. This comprehensive package is something only the BBC would be able to provide.
“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.”