Aiming to expand its scheme to support access to education while schools are closed to most pupils during the latest UK lockdown, BT and the BBC have announced plans to remove mobile data charges by the end of January for BBC Bitesize, the remote learning programming slot for British students.
With the key objective of minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routines during the first UK lockdown in March 2020, BBC Bitesize expanded its programme offering in April 2020 to ensure every child in the UK had the opportunity to continue to follow the appropriate core parts of their school curriculum.
Now, with the third lockdown meaning a return to remote learning, the BBC is bringing together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online services to deliver a new education offer to children, teachers and parents that is designed to ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning even if they don’t have access to the internet.
The latter has been revealed over the past week as a key issue in the UK where high-speed broadband availability and high-quality mobile coverage are nowhere near guaranteed across the country.
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