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In what has been described by BBC Director General, Tony Hall as “the biggest education effort the BBC has ever undertaken” online lessons for children will be made available from 20th April. Organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Premier League and children’s publisher Puffin Books are contributing to content. Various podcasts, articles, quizzes and videos are planned to be broadcast internationally on child-friendly platforms including BBC Bitesize Daily via the BBC iPlayer, red button and BBC Sounds. Lessons will feature BBC Children’s presenters including Karim Zeroual and Katie Thistleton taking part in the 14-week scheme. BBC iPlayer and red button are also set to offer educational programmes as part of the effort to keep children engaged during lockdown. Lessons are designed for school years 1 to 10 (ages 5-15), enabling older children with access to Instagram to have live chats with teachers and experts to discuss specific questions. UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden are both fully supportive of the scheme, stating they are “delighted” the BBC has taken on this endeavour which will benefit many children in the UK and overseas in the weeks to come.

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Family Kids & Youth – what we are doing during Coronavirus lockdown

We are continuing to carry out our UK and international research with children, teens and parents but have switched all this online and to our apps. Our qualitative research is filmed and our mini groups, depth interviews and focus groups are proving to be a great success. Children and young people are totally at home speaking online and are extremely vocal, even on the most sensitive of topics. Parents are appreciating the ‘group effect’ of online video conferencing.

Our resourceful team at FK&Y has been home-based since Monday 16 March and our regular catch-ups on Microsoft Teams ensure we all know what each other is doing! We’d like to thank our clients, our suppliers and of course our research participants for being so encouraging and so supportive.

We have compiled lists of organisations that offer help on home-schooling, child behaviour, and anxiety and mental health. Please contact me if you wish to receive this list.

Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends our very best wishes! Dr Barbie.

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