Huge numbers turn to the BBC as Lockdown Learning begins
On TV, Lockdown Learning on CBBC saw the slot average (9am-noon) increase by an incredible 436 percent (age 4+) while BBC Two saw an increase of 29 percent (1pm-3pm). Both channels were compared to their slot averages of each Monday over the last 52 weeks.
Yesterday, Bitesize Daily episodes on BBC iPlayer were requested 275k times, 12 percent more requests than on launch day in April 2020, whilst Bitesize online attracted an amazing 1.6m unique visitors.
Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, says: “These extraordinary numbers prove that people continue to turn to the BBC in times of need. We’re thrilled to be supporting so many families and teachers across the UK with our curriculum-based and edutainment content, on air and online.”
Lockdown Learning sees the BBC’s biggest ever educational offering now reaching more kids across more platforms. On CBBC, viewers can watch Bitesize Daily Primary from 9am-10am, followed by 'edutainment' shows including, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja, Our School, Operation Ouch and Celebrity Supply Teacher up to midday.
Over on BBC Two, the channel is supporting Secondary school curriculums with episodes of Bitesize Daily Secondary complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s award-winning factual programming units. This week students can enjoy Professor Brian Cox’s The Planets
This TV offer sits alongside a wealth of online content which parents, children and teachers can access when and where they need.
Please click here for more information on Lockdown Learning.
Curriculum-relevant and native language educational content for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is available on BBC Bitesize, with educational programming also available every morning at 10am on BBC Scotland.