The School: Ed­u­cat­ing Es­sex

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.35pm, SBS One I sup­pose it had to hap­pen. In fact a re­al­ity-TV pro­gram about fi­nal-year high school students is prob­a­bly well over­due. Did you en­joy your school days? Ac­cord­ing to this pro­gram, love them or loathe them, you never for­get them. At this school in Es­sex, Eng­land, 660 students are in their fi­nal and most im­por­tant year. Their head teacher has grand am­bi­tions. His mantra is: ‘‘ No­body leaves with­out enough qual­i­fi­ca­tions to take the next step in their lives.’’ Eas­ier said than done, mate. The chil­dren here are teenagers and there­fore are expected to be emo­tional, ex­citable and a con­stant chal­lenge to their teach­ers. So have things changed since you went to school? The se­ries re­veals what it’s like in a mod­ern sec­ondary school for teach­ers and for the kids of to­day at the very be­gin­ning of their adult lives. It made me want to run scream­ing for the exit.

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