22 APR 2024

BBC to invest £6 million into BBC Bitesize

In celebration of its 100th anniversary since its first education broadcast, the British company will improve its educational platform, enhancing content discovery, recommendation systems, and self-curation features.

22 APR 2024

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100 years since its first education broadcast, BBC Children’s and Education announced a £6 million investment into its online education platform, BBC Bitesize. The investment marks a new era of educational content delivery and is a cornerstone of BBC Children’s and Education’s mission to revolutionize its education service in the digital age, piloting a service up to 19 years old. It will also enhance content discovery, recommendation systems, and self-curation features, making content more personalized, relevant and easier to find.

Patricia Hidalgo, BBC Director of Children’s and Education: “Our Reithian values to ‘inform, educate and entertain’ are the driving force behind the content we provide young people and their families. To ‘educate’ is at the heart of the BBC’s purpose for the last 100 years and we are so proud of the innovation we have pioneered as we have helped the nation to learn. We’re continuing this rich heritage as we evolve BBC Bitesize for the next generation of young learners investing in technology to deliver personalized content supported by the educational rigor and trust we have earned over this centenary.”

To celebrate 100 years of BBC Education, BBC Teach will broadcast a special Live Lesson on CBBC and BBC iPlayer on April 22. This interactive commemorative lesson will be broadcasted to children in schools nationwide. Students will be challenged to produce their own radio report for CBBC’s beloved Hacker T Dog’s radio show, developing valuable skills such as interviewing techniques, scriptwriting, and presentation.

BBC Education has been at the forefront of educational innovation since its inception in 1924, inspiring generations of learners through ground-breaking programming. Deemed revolutionary at the time, Bitesize was launched in 1998. It has gone on to become the most popular online educational website for school children in the UK, with 47% of all students using the platform last year to help with their exams. During the Covid-19 pandemic, BBC Education also launched Bitesize Daily and produced over 200 hours of original programming with more than 2,000 lessons created for children not able to go to school.