New BBC3 documentary examines life for pupils after exclusion

The TES is reporting on a new BBC3 documentary series – starting tomorrow (Tuesday) – which looks at an alternative provision school for children excluded from mainstream schools…

Jess is a screaming whirlwind of anger, frustration and aggression. Her arms fly. Her hair flies. “Let go of me! Let go of me!” she yells. “Permanently exclude me! I don’t care!”

Jess is one of the students featured in Excluded: kicked out of school, a three-part documentary that begins on Tuesday. It is a fly-on-the-wall observation of a year inside Bridge AP Academy, an alternative-provision school in London for pupils who have been excluded from mainstream education.

Jess began acting up when her father moved out of the family home. Meanwhile, Millie – shown yelling “crustified monkey” at another pupil – was a prefect at primary school. Her problems began when her mother and her older sibling died within a year of each other…

Bridge AP Academy is the latest school to invite the cameras in, after the huge popularity of the likes of Educating Essex and Tough Young Teachers. Mr Oates was initially wary, however. “What I didn’t want was a programme making entertainment out of naughty children,” he says.

“But I wanted recognition of the work we do. A word I used a lot during filming was ‘context’. Obviously, there was a lot of negative behaviour, but I wanted them to give it context: why the behaviour is taking place and the support around it.”

Ellena Wood, the series director, hopes the BBC3 documentary will help viewers to see the human stories behind the misbehaviour…

More at: A school of hard knocks – and second chances

 

Excluded: kicked out of school is on Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC3…

 

Should be an interesting one – your thoughts? 

 

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Comments

  1. WildCreatures

    SchoolsImprove hope it gives context to behaviour as it aims to – these young people are often misunderstood.

  2. WildCreatures

    SchoolsImprove hope it gives context to behaviour as it aims to – these young people are often misunderstood.

  3. LileesCB

    SchoolsImprove Schools need to get a grip and get into the real world these teens/children have to live !! #Lilees #supportnotexclude

  4. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Blood pressuthre won’t allow me 2 watch this: can someone confirm that no-one asks kids left in sch how much better it is?

  5. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Blood pressuthre won’t allow me 2 watch this: can someone confirm that no-one asks kids left in sch how much better it is?

  6. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Blood pressure won’t allow me 2 watch this: can someone confirm that no-one asks kids left in sch how much better it is?

  7. jj

    Its a shame there are troubled kids,who are obviously angry, because of issues in there life’s growing up,these kids need understanding of their behaviour, in order to turn it around,It seems schools are using pru for kids with sen rather than supporting them in mainstream!!

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