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BBC Headstart - Broadband Learning

Hull is the home of broadband network which allows broadcast and new media content to be used within new interactive, learning packages for schools and the wider community.

BBC HeadStart is the BBC’s exciting trial which focuses on new ways of learning using leading edge technologies.

Computers are recognised as the best way to provide interaction in schools and centres where a teacher is on-hand to support the learners.

However, Broadband to TV delivery allows learners to access content in the privacy of their own home without the expense of having to buy a computer.

BBC HeadStart is a new approach that has been developed to meet local educational needs and support the great opportunities that exist at community level.

Led by local schools, their teachers, pupils and parents; and developed with Hull CityLearning and financially supported by Hull CityVision; BBC HeadStart is being trialed for the first time in Hull’s Bransholme district.

Using BBC content and expert support in the classroom and the community, this unique partnership will deliver cutting-edge BBC HeadStart learning materials using digital media.

By exploiting the interactive facilities of broadband networks, the trial will combine materials in one place – the TV or the PC - from the BBC’s wide range of online, video and archive materials, all re-designed for broadband delivery into the home via BBC Hull Interactive TV on Kingston Interactive Television.

The trial of BBC HeadStart supplies the following to schools and homes: BBC Bitesize revision for children: the BBC’s award winning, on-demand, video-rich, interactive packages which focus on rapid improvements in attainment in GCSE English, Maths and Science.

'Becoming'Webwise' for adults: the highly innovative, on-demand, multimedia package for training in internet skills, leading to a Level 1 qualification through a range of awarding bodies.

Beyond that, further packages will be produced in line with Education Action Zone targets including pre-school learning with the Tweenies; primary school literacy and numeracy in Words and Pictures; and adult Basic skills materials to support learning for the National Tests.

Working with research organisations the results of the BBC Headstart trial in Hull will inform both the BBC and local learning organisations in Hull on how best to help learners in the City – and will assist in constantly improving learning methods and practices.


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