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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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