education

BBC announces biggest education offer in its history

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The education offer for children, teachers and parents will aim to ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning, without needing access to the internet.

Starting Monday 11 January, CBBC will air a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily. The channel will also be showing other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and favourites including Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

The BBC’s big educational push

In the week before lockdown began and schools were closed across the UK, the BBC’s Children’s and Education department realised it had a special duty in this national emergency.

 “At that moment, we started to see stretching out before us what the BBC should do in terms of education during the pandemic. We set the ball rolling,” says Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s and Education.

RTS announces 2019 undergraduate bursary scholars

The 2019 RTS bursary cohort (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

2019 sees the RTS offering more than double the number of bursaries compared to the number at launch in 2014.

This year, the list of eligible courses was substantially expanded and for the first time the RTS invited applications from students studying a ScreenSkills accredited higher national diploma. For 2019, 35 bursaries for Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students and eight bursaries for Technology students have been awarded. 

My RTS Bursary Diary: Paula Melissa Ugochukwu

RTS Bursary Students at Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday

When I learnt of the Royal Television Society (RTS) bursaries in 2015, I knew I had to apply. Any organisation actively committed to the diversification and inclusion of underrepresented groups within the British media will always hold a place in my heart. Plus, being part of the RTS is a great opportunity to network with media industry leaders - an opportunity that I was very unlikely to stumble across as a young black woman, from a low-income family.

My RTS Bursary Diary: Victor Hampson

RTS Bursary Students Victor Hampson, Kayleigh Jones and Richard Walker (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

I recently spent a week in the commissioning department at UKTV. I arrived at the reception and gave my name, braced for the understandable response that I should leave immediately due to my lack of relevance and the fact that everyone here was very busy getting on with their jobs. But no, I was welcomed in.

As I walked through the turnstile, I expected alarms to ring out - “Unauthorised entry! You do not belong here! And also sort your hair out; seriously, what’s going on there?” but once again I passed through without an eyebrow raised.