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If you use BBC bitesize please contact your MP

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Corvuscorax, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Title says it all really. I have relied on BBC bitesize for a quarter of a century. I very much doubt any of that privately educated cabinet have any idea at all how important a resource this in in state schools, and for state educated children. They might or might not have used it themselves, but they would have had access to other resources, prohibitively expensive for individual teachers, schools or students.

    This is the go-to resource for making power points, showing videos, checking subject knowledge, providing written texts, example questions, setting revision, even up to date details of the specs of different exam boards.

    I have worked or been involved in more than a dozen schools in that time, primary, secondary and special needs. It is the same story all over.

    Any change in the structure of the BBC finances, which doesn't protect BBC bitesize as a free resource for all is going to be possibly the biggest strike against equal opportunities in my life time.

    If you value BBC bitesize, please contact your MP TODAY! and tell them.
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  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Agree with you 100%, @Corvuscorax. I use BBC bitesize every week - you always know you can rely on it to be clear, concise and non-gimmicky.
    Corvuscorax likes this.
  3. gigaswitch1

    gigaswitch1 Occasional commenter

    BBC bitesize is useful and I do use it a lot. Howver, why should the TV licence be used to create resources for students? The same way that BBC licence payers paid for millions of Microbits. It should not be its job
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  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    On thew contrary - look at No. 2 of the BBC's 5 public purposes:


    2. To support learning for people of all ages

    The BBC should help everyone learn about different subjects in ways they will find accessible, engaging, inspiring and challenging. The BBC should provide specialist educational content to help support learning for children and teenagers across the United Kingdom. It should encourage people to explore new subjects and participate in new activities through partnerships with educational, sporting and cultural institutions.
    Corvuscorax likes this.
  5. pair_of_argyles

    pair_of_argyles Occasional commenter

    But the BBC has always provided free education resources - School Radio; BBC schools TV, OU, BBC micro etc etc. no one complained back then
    Should they now also stop making documentaries, history programs etc because schools could use these.
    The internet based Bitesize resources are just a new way of fulfilling the old Reithian edict to education, inform and entertain.
    Besides I'll bet that the budget for the whole set comes to a great deal less than that for one episode of Strictly or similar
  6. gigaswitch1

    gigaswitch1 Occasional commenter

    I am playing devil's advocate. But the reality is the BBC is on its death bed and something will need to give. The BBC might be great at giving out resources, but there are new medias that can be used that are now saying that the BBC is unfair competition. I can see the BBC value, but I can also see the value of me not paying it an beeing £100 better off
  7. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Am I alone in detesting BBCBitesize?
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  8. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Maybe. I certainly used some History ones, often for revision purposes.
  9. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Before whole aspects (like schools programmes) are cut, the BBC's charter & 'Public Purposes' will need to be changed.
  10. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Established commenter

    The BBC is a public body, yet thinks it's immune from paying restrained salaries. I won't support any public body paying salaries like the ones it pays its peacock presenters.

    As for Bytesize, it's just not useful anymore and has no purpose being part of the BBC. It poorly duplicates many of the free resources that are already on the Internet. The computer science ones, for example, are very sub-standard, lacking freshness and innovation. They're essentially just pages from a book put on the Internet with the odd poor multiple choice test.

    Time to cull.
    Jonntyboy and Kandahar like this.

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