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Inspirations

Inspiring stories about school projects that make a difference

There are 95 videos in this series, of which the following 93 are currently available to view online.

15 mins Inspirations - Designing your own Prom Dress
Secondary design and technology students with a passion for fashion, design and make their own prom dresses as part of a vocational project at Key Stage 4, in this inspirational teaching idea.
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15 mins Quentin Blake - The Power of Illustration
Celebrated book illustrator Quentin Blake takes us through the story, ideas and illustration techniques behind two of his own books, Clown and The Green Ship.
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15 mins Where Maths Grows On Trees
Find out how one school in Morocco is using a grove of olive trees planted in their school playground to teach students about maths.
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15 mins Bringing Education to the Himalayas
How an NGO is working in the Indian Himalayas to help teach the children of a nomadic tribe.
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15 mins ICT Fun for Free
Headteacher John Row uses free software for use across a range of subjects to challenge and develop the ICT skills of pupils at St Mary's CE Primary School, Shropshire.
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15 mins The Scary Guy Does Primary
Anti-bullying and behaviour expert The Scary Guy uses his unconventional appearance to challenge the assumptions and behaviour of primary pupils.
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15 mins The Scary Guy
The Scary Guy, a tattooed, giant of a man, talks to secondary students about taking responsibility for their behaviour, using his unconventional appearance to reinforce his anti-bullying message.
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15 mins A Very Special Circus
The Christoph-Tornee School in Germany caters for pupils with mild to moderate learning difficulties. This week, the have some rather unusual visitors.
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15 mins Dads Matter
Headteacher Steve Davies is pioneering novel ways to encourage fathers to take a more active role in their children's education.
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15 mins Orchids
The Writhlington School Greenhouse Club was set up in 1994 by Simon Pugh-Jones, a former engineer and now head of physics.
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15 mins Sante
This programme looks at a French healthy food scheme, called the Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Sante project. Run by Agnes Lommez, it has not only helped to drastically reduce the level of childhood obesity but has also succeeded in creating an understanding of ...
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15 mins Science Ambassadors
In this programme, three science and engineering professionals volunteer their time and expertise to work alongside teachers at Royal Kent school in Surrey.
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15 mins Blogosphere
Blogging is now a worldwide phenomenon with weblogs reaching a potential audience of hundreds of millions.
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15 mins Building Sights
Lanlivery Primary School in Cornwall raised their own funds and commissioned and built an eco-friendly extension for their reception area and more classroom space for Key Stage 1 pupils.
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15 mins A Lesson From The Best
Philip Beadle, the 2004 Secondary School Teacher of the Year, teaches two lessons in classrooms where the climate for learning is infectious.
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15 mins Transforming Textiles
Inspiring stories about school projects that make a difference. Stella O'Toole has succeeded in turning textiles into one of the most popular subjects at Heywood Community School by bringing to her work energy, enthusiasm and a bag of rags from a local ...
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15 mins Dinner Granny
An innovative programme that combines healthy school meals and environmental awareness education has blossomed in a Gloucestershire special needs school.
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15 mins Drumming Up Success
Steve Dawson has transformed his music department and has improved behaviour and achievement throughout his school by introducing African drumming.
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15 mins Teachers' Pets
Ralph Rayner, the charismatic and enthusiastic head of agriculture at Redborne School in Bedfordshire, describes the growth and development of his farm, from its early beginnings to the present, where all pupils get a taster lesson in agriculture in Year 9.
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15 mins Carry On Teaching
When 80-year-old Mary Jackson began teaching in 1944, she had 54 children in her class - three to a desk - and a bell rang every fifteen minutes to announce a change of subject. And parents were banned.
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15 mins Teachers in the Arctic
In this programme, three teachers exchange their classrooms for berths on an adventurous sailing trip to the high Arctic.
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15 mins Electric December
Electric December gives primary and secondary schools the opportunity to work on challenging ICT and animation art projects alongside media professionals.
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15 mins Sporting Heroes (Special Schools)
This programme explores teaching media studies and filmmaking to children with varying levels of learning ability.
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15 mins Going Green
Going Green follows two schools where, through dedication and hard work, staff and pupils are finding ways to help the environment. Both schools demonstrate their own unique approaches in "going green".
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15 mins Lessons from the Horse Whisperer
Steve Taylor, a teacher at Kingshurst School in Birmingham, noticed similarities between the needs and behaviour of the children he teaches and the horses he looks after.
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15 mins Juggling with Success
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15 mins Pupil Teachers
Dartington Primary School have devised a unique aspect to the curriculum for their Year 5 pupils: they are being taught how to teach!
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15 mins Saintly Site Managers
This programme hears the stories of two site managers who are devoted to making their schools comfortable, safe and vibrant places to learn in.
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15 mins Return of the Mummy
Uplands Community Technology College in Wadhurst has a real life skeleton in the cupboard, in the form of an ancient Egyptian mummy. It was discovered this year by a student when he was tidying up a cupboard.
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15 mins Cardboard School Room
The Cardboard Building, at Westborough Primary School in Westcliff, took four years to build and is Europe's first building made from exclusively recycled cardboard materials.
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15 mins Lessons from the Tsunami
This programme follows the staff and pupils of Filton High School in Bristol as they revise their regular curriculum for a week and focus all lessons on issues related to the tragic events of the 2004 Asian tsunami.
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15 mins Second Chance
Second Chance takes a look at the Valued Youth Scheme which places permanently excluded pupils in primary schools as tutors.
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15 mins Ed the Con
Edward the Confessor was born in Islip in 1005 and, 1,000 years on, the local community are celebrating.
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15 mins Something Fishy in the Classroom
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15 mins Keep the Aspirations Flying
Through the Flourish project, early years lessons at Haseltine Primary School in Lewisham can now offer so much more.
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15 mins Off Sick But In School
Off Sick But In School features Great Ormond Street Hospital School, where education is delivered on the wards and in dedicated classrooms.
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15 mins A Shropshire Christmas
It's time to "Sheik, Rattle and Roll" at Saint Lucia Primary School in Shropshire. The end of term production is underway and everyone's busy.
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15 mins Battersea v Eton
Having beaten Eton College 5-1 in their previous encounter, Battersea Technology College have a lot to live up to.
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15 mins Magic Science and Maths
Watch how inspirational magic can help make maths and science fun, exciting and creative. Also, learn how to do the tricks yourself.
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15 mins Breakthrough in Oldham
Oldham is a divided town. Some of its primary schools cover a 100 per cent white catchment area whilst others are 100 per cent Asian.
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15 mins A Passion for Physics
In our 1000th programme, we meet Andy Smith of Woodchurch High School in the Wirral, whose infectious passion for physics inspires all he teaches.
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15 mins Grangeton Town
This programme takes a look at how one innovative school in Nottinghamshire is making education fun and improving performance.
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15 mins The School Is Alive
This programme looks at how whole-school singing can improve children's behaviour, raise esteem and help to develop a strong sense of community.
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15 mins Corridors Through Time
Imagine having to walk through the Jurassic age just to get your classroom; that's what the children of Charlemont Primary School encounter everyday!
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15 mins Everyone A Winner
Primary Teacher of the Year 2005 Trevelyan May is a young teacher fully enthused by the possibilities that both his job and pupils offer.
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15 mins A Love of Languages
As winner of The Guardian Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2005, it's clear that Mike Ullmann has that something extra.
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15 mins Mind Your Languages
In many ways Greenhill Primary School is a primary like any. Yet here, the learning of modern foreign languages is embedded within the school's ethos.
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30 mins From Cheshire to Soweto
A look at how a group of teachers from Cheshire, used to whiteboards and broadband, react when they take a teaching trip to Soweto, South Africa, where their resources are limited to just a piece of chalk.
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15 mins Refugee Kids
Refugee and asylum-seeking children from around the world tell their own fresh and moving stories straight to camera.
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15 mins Verbatim: Latin in Primary Schools
This programme takes a look at a number of east London schools' techniques in a scheme to teach Latin to their pupils.
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15 mins Woodlands Wonderful Website
This programme focuses on the popular website set up by Woodlands Junior School in Tonbridge.
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15 mins Golden Gilroy
In this programme Sue Gilroy explains how she's overcome prejudice and disease to be both a teacher and a sports champion.
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15 mins Top Bananas
This programme looks at the ways in which one headteacher managed to transform her school, raising it to the top of the 2005 value-added SATs League Tables.
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15 mins Ruff Behaviour
This programme focuses on a group of excluded school children undertaking a pioneering behaviour management course at Cheltenham Animal Sanctuary.
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30 mins Robot Challenge
In this programme, a team made up from two schools from Yorkshire design, build and test a robot before travelling to America to take part in a competition against hundreds of other schools.
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15 mins Lead Learners
Lead Learners explores a novel classroom scheme that has helped a Lancaster secondary school emerge from special measures.
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15 mins Going Global
Pupils at two UK schools gain knowledge and understanding as they interact with their twinned schools in Jamaica and Uganda.
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15 mins Poe-tree
Andy Croft attempts to get the Year Nine pupils at The Meadows Special School excited about poetry.
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30 mins A West African Story
This programme looks at the work of the Carolyn A. Miller Elementary School in Ghana. Located in the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp, the school offers pupils education against a backdrop of war, brutality and poverty.
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15 mins Performing Wonders in South Africa
According to teacher Faith Bikitsha, most of the children who attend Usasazo Secondary School in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town, come to school hungry.
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15 mins Bollywood Christmas
This film follows Cranford Infant and Nursery school during their Christmas celebrations and the nerve-wracking build up to their unique nativity performance.
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15 mins The Teachers' Club
Dublin Teachers' Club has played an important role in Ireland's education system since the early years of the independent Irish state.
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15 mins Can Do Kids
With the help of their teaching assistant, six pupils at Broadford Primary School in Havering demonstrate how they can have a positive effect on the local community.
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15 mins Sustainability - A Lesson from Tanzania
The Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School in the city of Arusha, Northern Tanzania, is doing a great deal to preserve energy, water and raw materials.
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15 mins Danscience
An inspirational project to create a contemporary dance exploring the science of epigenetics; the ways in which genes are affected by environment.
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15 mins Reaching Ricky
Phoebe Caldwell visits Ricky, an 11-year-old with severe autism, to use a communication method called intensive interaction to improve his learning.
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30 mins Oasis of Peace
This programme looks at the work of Reem Nashef, an Arab, and Hezzi Schouster, a Jew, co-teachers at a remarkable school in Israel.
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15 mins Computer Generated Enterprise
Liverpool's status as European Capital of Culture 2008 is celebrated as a group of Year 11 pupils create a computer game for a school enterprise project.
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15 mins On Yer Bike
A secondary school and its local community take an holistic approach to reduce the environmental impact of the school run.
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15 mins Animal Healers
A look at the teachings of Green Chimneys in New York, where children learn alongside rehabilitated animals.
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15 mins Hurricane House
Teacher Annette Jankowski is determined to turn a succession of hurricanes in Florida into something positive for Surfside Elementary School.
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15 mins The Community School
A high school in New Hampshire, USA, has developed a curriculum that revolves around working with the local community, as students carry out 150 hours of community service a year.
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30 mins PSHE Through Performing Arts
Solihull Music Service brings together 24 schools to take part in performing arts project called Ten Tribes, exploring PSHE issues such as inclusion and belonging.
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30 mins European Expressionists
A focus on the European Union's Lifelong Learning programme, which offers teachers and other school staff opportunities for European professional development.
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15 mins The Circus Comes to School
Using a power drill, a basketball, a smelly sock, and a range of other bizarre props, Dr Ken Farquhar hosts a science workshop for Year 9 pupils at Bishop Ramsey C of E School in Middlesex.
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15 mins Project Crunch
Pupils at Thomas Alleyne's High School are set an enterprise project to launch a healthier brand of crisps, with the help of local manufacturer Glennans.
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15 mins Inner-City Forest
With the help of a park ranger, Highters Heath Primary School in inner city Birmingham, has converted a nearby patch of abandoned woodland into their very own natural setting.
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15 mins Pupils as Researchers
Victoria Junior School in Barrow-in-Furness has been piloting an after-school research club to teach children what makes valid and reliable research.
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15 mins Anyone for Yoga?
Dianne Elithorn at Lowercroft Primary is mad about yoga and, since qualifying to teach it to children, has introduced it throughout the school.
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15 mins Refugee Arts
Refugees and new arrivals in Lambeth get the chance to develop ICT, literacy and numeracy skills, as well as expressive language skills.
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15 mins Lowestoft Energy Challenge
Two schools and a college from Lowestoft implement energy saving techniques into their learning environments.
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15 mins The Peace Makers
This film explores the untold story of how the power-sharing political transformation in Northern Ireland was partly the result of decades of work by teachers in Ulster's schools.
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15 mins A Taste of the Sea
Year 9 pupils at Sandown High School take a trip on board the research Vessel Callista in which they learn about sea life and oceanography.
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15 mins Paralympic Hopes
The story of visually impaired, young swimmer Michael Reeve, who is undertaking a strict training regime to keep on target for his goal of representing Britain at the 2012 Paralympics.
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15 mins Urban - Rural Exchange
Two groups of students from vastly different backgrounds find out what life is like for the others, in an urban-rural school exchange.
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15 mins Pupil Voice in Special Schools
Two special schools reveal how they enable students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (MLD, SLD and PMLD) to express their choices about their lives and their learning.
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15 mins Supporting Young Carers
A charity shows how it works with teachers to help them support the young carers in their schools, and young carers themselves talk about how the support helps them.
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15 mins Making the News
Follow a group of students as they find out what it's like to be a professional journalist as they take part in the BBC's School Report project.
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15 mins Cheerleading
Grangehurst Primary School, Coventry, shows how it incorporates cheerleading into PE lessons, encouraging healthy competition, and offering pupils the chance to perform and work as a team.
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15 mins Primary Shakespeare - An Active Approach
St Marks C of E Primary School in the West Midlands has developed innovative and engaging approaches to Shakespeare by working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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15 mins A Love of Learning
The winners of Teachers Tv's Tomorrow's Teacher competition, demonstrate what makes their schools so special.
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15 mins Let's Face the Teacher and Dance
A look at how dancing has taken off at Perryfields High School in Oldbury, after it was introduced into the curriculum.
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