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Educating Essex

Premier :: 2011-09-22

Airs :: Thursday 21:00 on Channel 4

Genre :: Documentary
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Summary

What is life really like for today's students and teachers? This series has unprecedented access to an English secondary school to follow a group of GCSE students, and the staff who teach them, as they face the most important year in their education. Passmores School in Harlow, Essex, is a successful school in a challenging area. Under headteacher Vic Goddard, it's been awarded Academy status and is rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. The school has been rigged with 65 fixed cameras - from the corridors to the canteen, and from the headteacher's office to the detention hall - to reveal every detail of daily life.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 7 - Episode 7
Aired - 03 November 2011

Episode summary:

As leavers' day, exams and the all-important prom approach, the school tries to prepare two very different students for the future. Fifteen-year-old Ryan, a recent arrival at the school, has Asperger's. Unsure of what the future will hold, the teachers attempt to equip him for life beyond the security of the school gates. While Ryan wishes he could stay at school forever, troubled top-set student Vinni can't wait to leave. He voluntarily went into temporary care earlier in the term and now the staff work tirelessly to keep him on the straight and narrow. Will Vinni leave the care home to move back to his family, can the teachers help him to leave with the grades and opportunities his abilities deserve, and will his behaviour improve enough for him to attend the prom? As the series draws to a close the students say goodbye to the staff and school, and nervously await their results. Perhaps more nervous than them all, however, is headteacher Vic Goddard. He finds it hard to sleep in the run-up to results day as he waits to see whether the school will achieve its targets.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 7 Episode 7 Aired - 03 November 2011
+ Episode - 6 Episode 6 Aired - 27 October 2011
+ Episode - 5 Episode 5 Aired - 20 October 2011
+ Episode - 4 Episode 4 Aired - 13 October 2011
+ Episode - 3 Episode 3 Aired - 06 October 2011
+ Episode - 2 Episode 2 Aired - 29 September 2011
+ Episode - 1 Episode 1 Aired - 22 September 2011

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