Education channel for students learning from home

The ABC will expand television education lessons to help children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a partnership with state and territory governments.

02 April 2020
A child and father watching television.
Image: Students learning from home will be able to switch on to new ABC Education programming from April 14.

The educational programs will run from 10am to 3pm on ABC ME from April 14, and will include shows such as Ecomaths, ScienceXplosion, Numberblocks and English on the Go. Teacher-led sessions will be developed with the assistance of education departments, complementing 4,000 free videos and interactive resources.

ABC managing director David Anderson said the national broadcaster was ready to launch the extra resources, in line with its charter requirement to broadcast programs of an educational nature.

“With so many Australian children now studying at home or preparing to do so, the ABC is boosting its support for students, teachers and parents to help young Australians receive the education they need,” he said.

The Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, told ABC Radio that the TV education offerings would provide more options for parents “trying to juggle working from home and supervising their child’s learning”.

“We’ll be working with the ABC to give access to the educational materials we have for support around programming,” Ms Mitchell said.

“For parents, it gives them another option of something they can do with their child that they know is educational and coming from a really reliable source.”

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