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Homeschooling: BBC Bitesize free for BT and EE users

Homeschooling: BBC Bitesize free for BT and EE users
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Are you homeschooling your kids during lockdown? Fear not, budding teachers: BBC Bitesize has you covered, and it’s free to access across BT and EE mobile networks. Here’s what you need to know.  

Who can access BBC Bitesize for free?

If you’re a BT Mobile, Plusnet Mobile or EE customer, you’ll be able to access BBC Bitesize for free by the end of January. It’ll mean that, even if you run out of data, your kids will still be able to access BBC Bitesize whenever they need to.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Maths and English lessons for all age groups are included.
  • You can view other core subjects, such as history, by year group. 
  • Lesson plans and learning packs are available to help you build your homeschooling programme.
  • There’s guidance to help students structure their own learning.

You don’t need to register for free access to BBC Bitesize educational content. Just visit BBC Bitesize and browse as normal. 

The best part of all this? So long as schools remain closed, you won’t use up any of your data allowance for accessing BBC Bitesize via mobile. And, it’s likely the deal will be extended to cover homeschooling content from more platforms in the coming weeks. 

Just to be clear, BBC Bitesize covers the National Curriculum in England only. However, BT also plans to zero-rate one free resource for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the coming weeks. 

What if I’m not a customer? 

If you’re not a customer, or you don’t have a mobile, don’t worry. This time around, you can watch BBC Bitesize programmes through your TV.

  • CBBC and BBC Two will both run homeschooling shows every weekday. Check out the TV schedule to see what’s on and when.
  • Can’t watch live? You can catch up using the BBC’s Red Button or log into BBC iPlayer to watch programmes on demand.   

Other mobile providers may grant free access to similar platforms in the near future, so keep an eye out. 

Where else can I access free homeschooling resources?

If you’re trying to keep costs down while the kids are learning from home, here are some more free resources you can check out: 

  • For geography lessons, a free platform like Google Earth is your friend. 
  • Download free apps like Duolingo to brush up on foreign language skills.  
  • Check out websites like Twinkl for lesson plans and resource packs if you need inspiration. 
  • Watch documentaries like Planet Earth and Horrible Histories. They’re educational and fun, and all you need is TV access.  

BT also has its own Lockdown Learning scheme, which includes free WiFi access and unlimited data for low-income families. Contact BT to find out more.

Takeaway

Let’s face it: homeschooling is stressful for everyone. However, we’re all a little more prepared this time around, and the resources are out there to help.

If you can, take advantage of free access to programmes like BBC Bitesize, and aim for at least three to five hours’ of schooling per day. Include regular breaks, try some free workout apps to stay active, and encourage your child to talk it out if they’re feeling overwhelmed by everything that’s going on.

A final tip: it’s never too early for kids to learn how to budget and save money, so why not use this time to teach them some basic money management skills? A little financial education now could go a long way in the future! 

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