Media release: BBC Scotland moves to help pupils bridge the learning gap during enforced school closures


A RAFT of dedicated educational content for pupils in Scotland will be provided from Monday next week (23 March) on the BBC Scotland channel, iPlayer and online to help plug any learning gap caused by the enforced schools closure.

The BBC has moved quickly to curate Bitesize learning content aimed specifically for pupils studying in Scotland on its dedicated Scotland channel – initially covering Maths, English, Science and Social subjects for primary and secondary pupils. The programmes will be broadcast each weekday for between one-to-two hours from noon on the channel whilst also being available through iPlayer for students to watch at their
leisure. Additional educational content will be also be curated on iPlayer including the Author’s Live series which BBC Scotland runs in conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust.

The learning content is in addition to our ongoing comprehensive news coverage covering the Coronavirus story across television, radio and online. BBC Scotland will also pull together a range of programmes and services to help keep audiences entertained throughout this uncertain period.

BBC One Scotland will provide a weekly half-hour that will, over the period of weeks that the programme is on air, allow people of faith to come together and to commune in the act of fellowship. This Sunday, the programme will come from the foyer of Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow where Rev Lorna Hood, former Moderator of the Church of Scotland and Father Michael McMahon from St Conval’s Church, Linwood
Renfrewshire will offer their thoughts, readings and prayers. This will be in addition to our existing weekly religious format programme New Every Sunday on BBC Radio Scotland.

To entertain, the BBC Scotland channel will be scheduling classic comedy and sporting moments from the archives, details to be announced soon. As well as tapping in to the community networks that are springing up around the country across its schedule, BBC Radio Scotland is also planning to programme an on-air book club, an over 70’s playlist on music programmes like Get it On and revisit old albums and films as part of its music output. Details will be released in due course.

Speaking about the plans Steve Carson, head of Multiplatform Commissioning, said: “We know this is a really difficult time for our audiences, so we want to give them as much content as we can to help see them through it, whether it’s learning material, news or a bit of light relief.

“BBC Scotland was established precisely to create content aimed specifically at audiences here in Scotland so it’s the natural home for content like this whether it’s educating, informing or entertaining.”


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