BBC Two to carry two hours of GCSE content a day as part of "biggest ever" education offer

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by David Prior

BBC Two will carry at least two hours of educational content every weekday as part of what the corporation calls the biggest education offer in its history.

In response to the third national lockdown, the BBC will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online in a bid to ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning, even if they don’t have access to the internet.

Starting on Monday, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and programmes including Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

Content will be built around Bitesize Daily secondary shows, complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s award-winning factual programming units.

Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button as well as episodes being available on demand on BBC iPlayer.

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.”