The UK government have announced a major package to support schools and parents in the delivery of home-school learning at the beginning of the summer term. This includes the launch of the Oak National Academy on Monday 20th April - an enterprise created by 40 teachers from across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from Maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
Also from Monday 20th April, the BBC are launching an enhanced educational service through their BBC Bitesize Daily platform. It will provide access to regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of the BBC website and also on special programmes broadcast via BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.
Over 200 teachers have come together - in front and behind the camera - to create content for Bitesize Daily. Stars will be presenting topics over the 14 weeks of curriculum-based learning. Physicist Professor Brian Cox will bring us science lessons, Manchester City’s star striker Sergio Aguero will be supporting kids across the country with their Spanish, former MP Ed Balls will be delivering a KS3 maths class, and EastEnders actor (and direct descendant of King Edward III did you know?) Danny Dyer will bring history to KS1 pupils. Various other famous faces are also set to be involved, for example, Sir David Attenborough, Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker, Oti Mabuse and Liam Payne.
The Bitesize website you use now will expand to offer additional help for students and their parents. Mums and dads can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs). Experts and teachers will be involved, covering what should be learned that day for the different year groups and key stages.