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"TV does reach more learners": Prof Des Hewitt on the BBC's lockdown education programmes

It was reported today that the BBC will put school lessons on television to support children's education during the new lockdown. Professor Des Hewitt from the Centre For Teacher Education at the University of Warwick comments:

Professor Des Hewitt

"It’s great to see that the BBC has worked hard to put together some learning resources and lessons for primary and secondary children. Schools are doing a lot as well to support learners through online learning during the latest lockdown.

"But providing lessons through television overcomes one of the challenges of online learning. If a family only has limited access to the internet, trying to learn online can be difficult. Likewise, laptops and tablets are easier to use for school online learning than smart phones.

"So TV lessons do reach more learners, even if they don’t have the link to a teacher from your school. We need to do what we can to help all children with their learning, their development and their mental health during these times."

06 January 2021

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