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Autumn 2008

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Time and Tune
(BBC Radio 4 Digital, Thursdays 3:00am)
BBC School Radio on CD - the only printed document sent to schools nationally this year
BBC Northern Ireland school resources - the only annual programme guide published this year

(Channel 4 Learning resource guide for secondary schools)
Timetable for BBC2 daytime schools programmes

BBC Radio

BBC Radio 4 Digital

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
03:00 3:00 Something to Think AboutWe Can Change the World / Great Leaders Who've Changed the World 3:00 Let's Move 3:00 Time and TuneThe Wind in the Willows 3:00 Together
03:15 3:15 Playtime 3:15 First Steps in Drama
3:20 Time to Move 3:20 Dance Workshop
03:30 3:30 Hop, Skip and Jump 3:30 Hopscotch 3:30 Reading Tree Stories
3:40 History ClipsVictorians 3:40 Scottish Resources 10-12
03:45 3:45 Scottish Resources 7-9 3:45 Maths ChallengeMaths Challenge 4
04:00

Broadcast on the digital services on BBC Radio 4 (ie. via DAB, Freeview and cable & satellite television and live streaming on the BBC website, but not analogue FM or LW radio transmissions), replacing the rebroadcast of BBC World Service programmes for one hour overnight - the World Service itself is transmitted on all of the same digital services so the loss of programmes makes no odds. On Wednesday 5th November the schools programmes replaced the US Election Results Special for an hour, so the news special was broadcast only on Radio 4 analogue.

Since autumn 2003 the BBC have failed to provide any listings for schools radio programmes (except specifically via the School Radio website, if you know where to look for it). In fact they deliberately lied about the programmes they were broadcasting on their website, on electronic programme guides and in other listings sources, pretending that the World Service was rebroadcast on Radio 4 from 3:00-4:00 when in fact the schools programmes were on.

Programmes ran from Tuesday 16th September to Friday 28th November 2008, with no broadcasts in the week beginning 27th October due to half term. All programmes were available as RealAudio files on the BBC School Radio website for seven days after the radio broadcast of each episode.

For the very first time there were "podcasts" of two schools radio series this term. Teachers could subscribe to Something To Think About and Time To Move podcasts via the BBC website or the popular iTunes application, and each week's episode of the series would be downloaded to their computer as an MP3 file. Each MP3 file was only available for 7 days after the radio broadcast of the episode, but once the files were downloaded they could be kept indefinitely.

BBC Radio Ulster MW

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00
11:05 Musical Mystery Tour
11:15
11:20 TandYThe World Around Us / English / History
11:30
11:40 Hurley Burleyseries 4
11:45
12:00

Tuesday mornings on BBC Radio Ulster medium wave frequency, opting out from the talk show presented by Gerry Anderson or John Toal (the normal programme continued on FM and on digital transmissions). Running for 10 weeks from Tuesday 16th September to Tuesday 25th November 2008, with no programmes on 28th October due to half term.

The TandY programmes, which were repeats from summer and autumn 2007, were available on the BBC website to listen online for one week after each broadcast. The other programmes were available only via their radio broadcasts.


BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal

DILUAIN DIMÀIRT DICIADAIN DIARDAOIN DIHAOINE
11:30
11:35 Èisteachd is Labhairt
11:45
12:00


All English-language radio programmes for schools in Scotland were broadcast in the general school radio service on Radio 4.

A series of Scottish Gaelic-language radio programmes for schools was broadcast on BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal on Fridays at 11:30 (or rather 11:35 as I believe the programmes were only 15 minutes long), and repeated on Saturday mornings at 10:30. On both days the series was accompanied by two short (5 minutes) educational programmes which I don't think were intended for schools, as they were broadcast throughout the year not just in term time: Ceud Bliandhna about history 100 years ago, and Litir do Luchd-Ionnsachaidh which I think was for learners of Gaelic.

Èisteachd is Labhairt this term began on Friday 12th September 2008, with no broadcast on Friday 17th October due to half term - a repeat was broadcast on Saturday that week. The series ended on Friday 7th November 2008. It was then replaced by Sgeulachd, a reading series for general audiences.

Èisteachd is Labhairt was made available to stream online on the BBC iPlayer - I believe it may have been the only schools radio programmes available on the iPlayer this term, although other series were still available online as noted above.

BBC Television

BBC2

Broadcasts to England and Scotland.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00 11:00 Words and PicturesFun with Phonics 11:00 Science ClipsKey Stage 1 11:00 The Maths Channel 11:00 Words and PicturesFun with Phonics (rpt)
11:10 Primary GeographyA Village in Bangladesh 11:10 Primary HistoryAncient Greece 11:10 Primary GeographyIndia 11:10 Let's Write a StoryThe Master Storyteller 11:10 Primary HistoryIndus Civilisation / The Aztecs / Mexico 11:10 Primary GeographyKenya Shorts 11:10 FocusDifference & Discrimination
11:15
11:20 Let's Write PoetryThe Big Slam 11:40 Look and ReadShadow Play 11:20 Let's Write a StoryWriting Academy 11:20 Let's Write Non-Fiction
11:30 11:30 Hands Up!The Chronicles of Narnia 11:30 Something Special
11:40 Around ScotlandChina Stories / The Jacobites / Victorian Scotland 11:40 See You, See MeFinancial Capability 11:40 Around ScotlandScottish Wars of Independence 11:40 See You, See MeThe Romans / Vikings in Scotland
11:45 11:45 Let's Write a StoryThe Story Agents 11:45 Primary History / WatchFamous People 11:45 What? Where? When? Why?
12:00

BBC2 Northern Ireland

MONDAY

as England except:

11:20-11:50 Hurley Burley TV (from 13th October)

TUESDAY

as England except:

11:30-11:45 Na Dódaí: series 1

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England except:

11:30-11:45 I Do This (until 16th October)

FRIDAY

as England.

As most episodes of Hurley Burley TV are only 15 minutes long, they were followed by episodes of the BBC Northern Ireland series Secret Gardens (which is for general audiences, not schools) at 11:35-11:40, before BBC2 Northern Ireland rejoined the rest of the country at 11:40.


BBC2 Wales

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:30 Coal Stories (4th & 11th November only)

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:30 Coal Stories (6th & 13th November only)

FRIDAY

as England.


Learning Zone

Schools programmes for 2 hours a night from 04:00-06:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during term time - from Tuesday 16th September to Friday 5th December 2008. Programmes for adults on Languages and Travel were shown before the start of term, from Tuesday 2nd September, and again during half term from Tuesday 21st to Friday 31st October.

Each week of schools programme transmissions was themed on a particular subject - history, religious education, citizenship, music etc. The last 2 weeks of term were mostly given over to GCSE Bitesize Revision programmes on vocational subjects.

The most notable new programme was a compilation of material from BBC Scotland on 4th November including China Stories material for secondary schools. China Stories was also included in Around Scotland for primary schools this term, and a Gaelic-language version was broadcast on BBC Alba on 27th December.

There was also a new half-hour i-Maths programme on 5th November, a compilation of films called On Top of the Digital World on 14th November, and new i-Science and Class Clips science programmes on 18th November. At the end of term 4 new programmes from BBC Blast were scheduled - but only 2 of the programmes were shown. There was an announcement at the beginning of the Learning Zone on Friday 5th December that "for technical reasons" they couldn't show Blast On Demand. Instead repeats of i-Maths 1 and the schools version of A Picture of Britain were shown.


In response to an email enquiry the "BBC Blast Team" said that the problem was "some unforeseen technical difficulties", and...
"we are trying to re-schedule the programme and do hope to have an alternative screening some time this year [2009]. In the meantime, we are adding some of the video content featured in this programme to the Blast website. You can watch 1xtra presenter Dev discover how to become a world class gaming professional here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/games/games.shtml or brush up on your street art at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/art/streetart/."[1]

There was more rescheduling earlier in the term, as on 5th November it had been planned to show i-Maths at 4:00am, i-Maths Extra at 5:00am, and the Scene drama Spit Game at 5:30am. Spit Game deals with racism and moral issues, includes some swearing, and is aimed at older teenagers - but this schedule would have placed it immediately before the pre-school programme Tikkabilla began on BBC2 at 6:00am. It would also have been outside of the British television "watershed", which is the time when programmes unsuitable for children are generally allowed to be shown, and which runs from 9:00pm to 5:30am. The schedule was changed so that Spit Game was shown at 4:00am, before the i-Maths programmes.

Cbeebies

The young children's channel Cbeebies broadcast several programmes which at other times had been shown for schools. Series shown during the autumn included Barnaby Bear (original episodes from Watch as well as Becky & Barnaby Bear episodes), Come Outside, Something Special and Words and Pictures: Fun with Phonics.


Independent Television

Channel 4

Daytime

Programmes of a broadly educational nature, aimed at 14- to 19-year-olds and generally suitable for secondary schools or colleges, shown between 09:30 and 12:00 on weekdays.

WEEK 1w/c 22 Sep '08 WEEK 2w/c 29 Sep '08 WEEK 3w/c 6 Oct '08 WEEK 4w/c 13 Oct '08 WEEK 5w/c 20 Oct '08
09:30 9:30 Britain AD: King Arthur's Britain 9:30 Britain BC 9:30 Britain's Deadliest Addictions 9:30 Gay to Z 9:30 (various programmes) 9:30 KNTVPhilosophy 9:30 The British Empire
09:45
10:00 10:00 Advertising Uncut 10:00 Chill Out 10:00 The Big Squeeze 9:55 (various PSHE programmes)
10:15 10:20 Get Me the Producer
10:30 10:30 Osama Bin Everywhere / The Big Drugs Debate 10:30 The Underdogs 10:30 Seven Ages of Britain 10:30 Seven Ages of Britain 10:30 Extremes
10:45
11:00 11:10 Sex, Lies and Soaps 11:10 World of Difference
11:15
11:30 11:25 Year Dot 11:25 Year Dot 11:25 Day I Got the Sack 11:25 Don't Make Me Angry 11:35 The KNTV Show
11:45
12:00


WEEK 6w/c 3 Nov '08 WEEK 7w/c 10 Nov '08 WEEK 8w/c 17 Nov '08 WEEK 9w/c 24 Nov '08 WEEK 10w/c 1 Dec '08
09:30 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 (various programmes)
09:45
10:00 10:05 (various PSHE programmes) 10:00 Take Away My Takeaway 10:00 Take Away My Takeaway 10:00 How To Dump Your Mates
10:15
10:30 10:30 Wasted 10:30 Hardeep Does Drinking 10:30 Lifeproof TV 10:30 Lifeproof TV
10:45
11:00 11:00 Parents & Teens: Welcome to My World 11:00 Parents & Teens: Welcome to My World 11:00 KNTVSex 11:00 KNTVSex
11:15
11:30 11:30 The Family: Teen Stories 11:30 The Family: Teen Stories 11:30 The Family: Teen Stories 11:35 The Farm Revealed 11:30 Battlefront
11:45
12:00


No adverts are ever shown during or between learning programmes, only Channel 4 promos. Various three to five minute long filler programmes are used to fill in the time between longer programmes. Fillers programmes this term were: 3 Minute Wonder, Before and After, Burning Questions, Designers Under Pressure, I've Got This Friend, Life Stuff: Quit, National Gallery, Self Portrait UK 14-19, Tate Modern and The Television Set (Get Me The Producer Shorts).

New series this term included Year Dot, Lifeproof TV and Battlefront for PSHE and Seven Ages of Britain on history, as well as the single-episode programmes Orange Rockcorps (based on a series which had been shown on Channel 4 in August & September 2008) and Osama Bin Everywhere. There was a new series on drugs and families called Wasted and a new, third series of KNTV focussed on sex education (as well as a repeat of the first series, on science). Finally, The Family: Teen Stories was a spin-off from the primetime Channel 4 series The Family (shown from September to November 2008).


Night-time

Programmes for primary schools were shown between 04:00 and 06:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, with whole series bunched together and shown over one or two nights. In these grids each column gives the schedule for one week.

WEEK 1w/c 22 Sep '08 WEEK 2w/c 29 Sep '08 WEEK 3w/c 6 Oct '08 WEEK 4w/c 13 Oct '08 WEEK 5w/c 20 Oct '08
TUE 04:00 4:00 The Writing House 4:00 Sarah Moves On 4:00 Just Write 4:00 Book BoxAlice Through the Looking Glass 4:00 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
04:15
04:30
04:45
05:00
05:15 5:15 The Writing HouseMore Adventures 5:15 Rat-a-Tat-Tat
05:30 5:30 All About UsCrunch Time 5:25 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
05:45 5:45 Rat-a-Tat-TatThe Word Machine 5:45 We Are FromCroatia
06:00
WED 04:00 4:00 The Writing HouseMore Adventures 4:00 Write Away 4:00 Rat-a-Tat-TatThe Word Machine 4:00 Book BoxOff with Mcgough 4:00 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
04:15
04:30 4:30 Just Write 4:30 Book BoxRosen's Poetry Attic 4:30 EurekaAncient Egypt
04:45
05:00
05:15 5:20 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
05:30
05:45 5:45 We Are FromGreece 5:45 We Are FromGermany 5:50 Making It 5:50 Making It 5:45 Making It
06:00


WEEK 6w/c 3 Nov '08 WEEK 7w/c 10 Nov '08 WEEK 8w/c 17 Nov '08 WEEK 9w/c 24 Nov '08 WEEK 10w/c 1 Dec '08
TUE 04:00 4:00 Victorian Scots 4:00 Blue Dragon 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 1 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 3 4:00 EurekaRoman Britain
04:15
04:30 4:30 Maths MansionPart 1
04:45
05:00 5:00 Star MathsStar Maths 4 5:00 How We Used to LiveA Giant in Ancient Egypt
05:15 5:15 Blue Dragon 5:10 Puzzle Maths
05:30
05:45 5:40 Star MathsStar Maths 2
06:00
WED 04:00 4:00 Blue Dragon 4:00 Puzzle Maths 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 2 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 4 4:00 ForumOnce Upon a Planet
04:15
04:30 4:30 Puzzle MathsPuzzle Maths 2
04:45 4:40 When the Romans Came to Wales
05:00 5:00 We Are FromThe Netherlands / Denmark / France / Sweden
05:15 5:20 Star MathsStar Maths 3
05:30
05:45 5:45 Making It 5:40 EurekaRoman Britain
06:00

Programmes ran from Tuesday 23rd September to Wednesday 3rd December 2008. There were no broadcasts in the week beginning 27th October due to half term.

Many, but by no means all, broadcasts this term had in-vision British Sign Language interpretation. There was no apparent logic to the signing schedule, for example The Writing House was signed but More Adventures from the Writing House was not. Perhaps only programmes which already existed with signing in the Channel 4 library were shown with the signing. There was apparently no publicity stating which programmes would be signed, and listings information was incomplete.

There were no new programmes.


S4C (Wales)

There were no schools programmes broadcast on S4C this term. S4C dropped its schools service - which was mostly a relay of Channel 4 schools programmes with some additional Welsh series - at the end of the 2007-8 academic year. Its last schools broadcast was an episode of the secondary schools series Vocation, Vocation, Vocation on Friday 13th June 2008. The last Welsh-produced schools programmes had been repeats of Campyfan (Campervan) and Bobinogi (Bobinogs) in the autumn term 2007. Both of these series are aimed at pre-school and reception age children and continue to be shown as part of S4C's children's strand Planed Plant and on the digital channel S4C Digidol.

The schools programmes which would previously have been broadcast on S4C were still available in Wales, as Channel 4 is broadcast on digital platforms including on Freeview terrestrial television throughout Wales. S4C pointed out that they took the decision to cease broadcasting schools programmes...

"...in view of the fact that in 2009 digital switchover begins in Wales. Once this process is complete, Channel 4 will be freely available across Wales and it will be possible to watch schools programming directly on Channel 4.
"After switchover, S4C’s analogue service will no longer exist. In its place, S4C digidol, the stand-alone Welsh language digital channel, will be the main service. Welsh language nursery programmes are already broadcast on S4C digidol, and many are used as a learning resource by schools.
"During the run-up to digital switchover, it was decided to use the hours normally allocated to schools programming on S4C's analogue service to broadcast other programmes and promote S4C’s other services."[2]

Teachers' TV

Teachers' TV, offering mostly documentary programmes aimed at teachers and staff working in schools, also included several programmes each day which were suitable for use with children in schools. These were billed as InClass TV on the teachers.tv website, but not particularly identified or given any special branding on TV broadcasts.

The drama All About Me was broadcast for the first time on Teachers' TV on Thursday 4th December. This 60-minute drama about a teenager who was conceived with donor sperm searching for his father and his identity, was first shown as part of the BBC schools series Scene and has also been shown as a single play on BBC One. Teachers' TV broadcast three short documentaries to accompany the drama, on the same topic and also with the title All About Me, in January 2009.

Teachers' TV also broadcast episodes from the Channel 4 schools series Science in Focus during December 2008.

Sources & References

  1. Quotation about the rescheduling of the BBC Blast programme extracted from an email from the BBC Blast Team, received 16th January 2009.
  2. Quotation about the decision to remove schools programmes from S4C extracted from an email from the S4C Viewers Hotline / Gwifren Gwyleyr S4C, received 5th January 2009.