BBC Two's Education Season 2010/11


BBC Two brings together a major season on education, focusing on our schools, the tough choices parents have to make and whether we could all do better?

In an ambitious new series, Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys , Gareth becomes a primary school teacher for one term. His mission is to re-engage boys who don’t like school and who, like many across the country, lag behind their female peers. His method is to bring risk, competition and adventure back to the classroom.

In Mind The Gap John Humphrys examines why the education system is still failing so many children and why the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils has stubbornly refused to narrow.

Catchment is a revelatory year-long journey following children, parents, schools and Birmingham Education Authority through the often fraught process of selecting a child’s secondary school. The series concludes with Back To School, a documentary special to air within a week of term starting, in which multiple-cameras follow the children’s first day as they enter their big school for the first time.

In The Classroom Experiment, education expert Dylan Wiliam sets up an experimental secondary school classroom to test some of the most forward-thinking ideas for revolutionising the standard of education and the well-being of school children in the UK.

Britain’s Youngest Boarders takes an exclusive look inside one of England’s most prestigious preparatory schools from the point of view of three young boys who are starting boarding school for the first time.

Father of four Toby Young feels the educational choices available for his children are so limited that he has decided to set up his own, parent-run, state secondary school. Start Your Own School follows his trials and tribulations.

And in a new drama for the Education Season, Permanently Excluded tells the moving story of a newly-qualified teacher and his relationship with a difficult boy. Acclaimed writer Brian Fillis spent 12 years as a teacher and senior manager in some of Britain’s most challenging schools. His work explores two of the key issues in education right now – inclusion and choice, because choice for some means exclusion for others.

As part of the education moment, BBC Films showcases Notes On A Scandal starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett and Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed The History Boys.


The Classroom Experiment, BBC Productions

Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys, A TwentyTwenty production

Catchment, A Blast Films production

Back To School, A Blast Films production

Britain’s Youngest Boarders, Love Productions

Mind The Gap, A Matchlight production

Start Your Own School, A Renegade Pictures production

Permanently Excluded, BBC Productions, Wales


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