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School Matters

Documentaries relating to school improvement and other topical issues.

There are 110 videos in this series.

30 mins Teenage Love and Relationships
This video, for teachers of KS3 and KS4 PSHE, looks at the role school staff can play with helping students prepare for and deal with the emotional side of sex and relationships.
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30 mins Tackling Drugs
See three young people discuss their experiences with drugs and the support they received when giving them up, in this lesson starter for Key Stage 3/4 PSHE.
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30 mins Does Class Size Matter?
Trying to answer the question "does class size matter?", this whole-school video looks at various conventional and radical approaches to class sizes.
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30 mins AfL and APP: What's Going on with Assessment
Hear current opinion on summative and formative assessment, and discover what the future might hold for Assessment for Learning in primary and secondary schools, in this whole-school video.
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30 mins Sexual Bullying
Meet two pioneers in the field of combating sexual bullying, who regularly visit schools and deliver workshops to secondary pupils highlighting ways of tackling the problem. This video supports the Every Child Matters agenda.
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30 mins Generation Y: Young School Leaders
Professor David Hargreaves looks at how digital media is working in schools, for both pupils and staff, and argues that Generation Y, those born in the digital age, should become school leaders.
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30 mins Including Parents
See the techniques that two schools use to forge stronger, more inclusive relationships between parents and teachers, with the positive effects this work is producing, in this whole-school video on parents and the community.
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30 mins Thinking Skills: Brain-Based Approaches
Recent research into brain function is inspiring pedagogical approaches utilising integrated thinking and learning techniques. Explore whole-brain learning in the classroom and the use of Mind Mapping as a brainstorming tool.
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30 mins The Trouble with Parents
Teachers complain about poor parenting and aggression, and parents complain about a lack of rights and feeling blamed. Parent and journalist Fiona Millar sees how some schools are trying to improve parent-teacher relations.
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30 mins ICT: A Vision of the Future?
To see the progress schools are making by using new technology, a group of educational consultants, teachers and a government minister take a tour. Learn how ICT learning is benefiting schools in this whole-school video.
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30 mins Every Child Matters
This video looks at the practical implications for schools of the Every Child Matters (ECM) legislation, while assessing some of the challenges to communication, workload, standards and league tables.
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30 mins Coping with Bereavement
For any schools dealing with bereavement, this whole-school resource offers valuable lessons and practical advice for primary and secondary headteachers and teaching staff, supporting the Every Child Matters agenda.
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30 mins Why Bother With Health?
This whole-school video examines the issues raised in the government's 2004 white paper on integrating health and social care, and it shows why schools should address healthy living issues as part of Every Child Matters.
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30 mins Extended Schools
Under the Labour government's Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda, by 2010 all primary and secondary schools are expected to offer extended services outside normal school hours. Find out more in this whole-school video.
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15 mins Random Drug Testing
Meet the first school in the country to introduce random drug testing - Abbey School in Faversham. Headteacher Peter Walker believes the policy will act as a deterrent while identifying pupils who are abusing drugs.
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15 mins Random Drug Testing: The Debate
The headteacher at Abbey School, Faversham, plans to implement a random drug-testing policy. He's one of three people favouring testing in the debate, while three others have serious reservations, in this whole-school video.
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15 mins Early Sex Education
Some experts now claim children should learn about sexual differences and appropriate sexual behaviour from as young as nursery age. This video reveals the sex-education policies of three different schools.
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30 mins The 48 Hour Inspection
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30 mins Escape from Special Measures
In 2002, Carlton-Bolling College in Bradford was placed in special measures. This whole-school video shows how the new headteacher turned round this failing school.
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30 mins The Select Committee and the 45 Billion Pound Question
Go behind the scenes at the Parliamentary Select Committee for Education and Skills, where a cross-party group of MPs puts party politics aside to investigate what makes a sustainable school, in this whole-school video.
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30 mins Polish Inclusion
Discover the varying effects of the arrival in Britain of children from the new EU states such as Poland, in this whole-school video for primary and secondary teachers, leaders and headteachers.
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30 mins A Taste of Secondary
Find out the best way to introduce final-year primary pupils to life in secondary school. This video for headteachers and teachers examines three secondary schools' approaches to induction and transition.
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30 mins First Days at Secondary
The transition to secondary school is a milestone in young people's lives. This video for headteachers and teachers sees what the first days are like, whether they live up to expectations and how pupils feel by half term.
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30 mins Preparing for Transfer
Two junior schools in Brighton and Hove are preparing Year 6 pupils for transfer to secondary school. This video for primary headteachers and teachers follows their transition preparations.
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15 mins Uniforms and Religious Dress
Burleigh Community College in Loughborough is reintroducing school uniforms, but the prospect is making headteacher John Smith apprehensive. Find out more in this whole-school video for primary and secondary staff.
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15 mins Uniforms and Religious Dress: The Debate
A meeting about a school's religious dress and uniform policy is the focus of this whole-school video. In attendance are the headteacher, teaching staff and members of the local Bangladeshi community and Muslim Council.
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15 mins Early Sex Education: The Debate
Sex-education pioneer Dylis Went joins headteachers from three primary schools in a discussion on the difficulties and controversies surrounding sex and relationship education, in this video for nursery and primary staff.
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30 mins The Academy
While the media debate the pros and cons of the academy initiative, the management team of Capital City Academy in north London is more concerned with the practicalities of turning the vision into a reality.
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30 mins Thinking Skills: Child Philosophers
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a method of teaching and learning that focuses on developing thinking skills within a group or "community of enquiry". This pedagogy video for secondary teachers examines the approach.
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30 mins Coaching in Schools
See different coaching situations in action, with this whole-school, CPD-in-school video for primary and secondary teaching staff.
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30 mins Bristol Schools - Fighting Back
Bristol's secondary schools are 148th out of 149 English local authorities for Year 11. See why schools in this affluent city are performing so badly, and how the LEA is working with Bristol's schools to turn things around.
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30 mins The Games Children Play
Amid hot debate, computer games are entering the classroom as ICT learning tools. Meet two leading academics who support the use of games in education, in this whole-school video for primary and secondary schools.
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30 mins The Trouble with Boys
Look at why boys underachieve, how their methods of learning differ from girls and what schools can do to close the gender gap, in this whole-school video on inclusion for primary and secondary headteachers.
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30 mins Challenging Racism
To combat increasing violence and racism in school, two Stoke-on-Trent schools implemented successful projects. This whole-school video for primary and secondary reveals how they brought pupils together.
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30 mins Train to Restrain
Teachers increasingly call for training in positive handling and restraint, to protect themselves from the threat of injury and litigation. This whole-school video for primary and secondary explores this divisive issue.
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30 mins Scanning for Security
With increasing fears about weapons - and knives particularly - being carried by pupils, this whole-school video looks at how primary and secondary schools should respond to this misconduct.
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30 mins Pupil Voice
In a successful innovation on evaluating teaching and learning, pupils observe and rate the teachers at George Mitchell School, east London. This secondary's headteacher believes student voice was a vital missing ingredient.
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30 mins Challenging Behaviour
The state of school behaviour in Britain is the focus of this whole-school video for primary and secondary headteachers and teaching staff. Hear from five headteachers about their approaches to tackling the problem.
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30 mins Strangers on the Shore
Watch the experiences of two young teachers just arrived in the UK from Canada and Jamaica, and starting work in two of Birmingham's most challenging primary schools.
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30 mins The Future of English
In 2006 the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) asked teachers what pupils should learn in English lessons in the future, and what skills children need and cultural experiences they should be exposed to.
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30 mins Being Different May Be Cool - On The Autistic Spectrum
Including pupils on the autistic spectrum at primary and secondary brings particular challenges for schools. This whole-school video on SEN shows an honest account of life with autism, with views from three autistic brothers.
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30 mins More Than A Special School
Anti-social behaviour in schools is at the forefront of many teachers' minds in recent years, with teaching unions placing it high on their conference agendas. Hear one primary school's story in this whole-school video.
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30 mins Creating a School
Follow the building of a brand new secondary school, north of Bristol, from the bricks-and-mortar stage to the first day of term, in this whole-school video for headteachers.
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30 mins Black Boys
Only 30 per cent of black boys achieve five good GCSEs compared to a national average of 54 per cent. Three London schools are confronting this head on, as shown in this whole-school video on inclusion.
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30 mins Special Needs: Inclusion
This video airs arguments from teachers, campaigners and parents both for and against inclusion on practical and human rights grounds.
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30 mins Mental Health - Supporting Young Minds
A secondary school of 1,000 pupils has on average 100 students suffering mental health problems. This video looks at strategies including peer support, counselling and a whole-school focus on pupils' emotional wellbeing.
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30 mins Refugees in Schools
This whole-school video on inclusion explores the problems facing refugee schoolchildren in Britain and sees how schools in Birmingham work with parents to help children settle in.
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30 mins Dealing with Race
Inner-city schools are seeing a new kind of racial conflict between ethnic groups. See why students divide along racial lines with case studies in this whole-school video on behaviour management for primary and secondary.
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30 mins Building Schools for the Future
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the multi-billion-pound scheme to provide state-of-the-art educational facilities to all secondary school children. This whole-school video presents the concept and the potential.
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30 mins Teenage Sexual Health
An alarming number of young people in the UK have poor sexual health. See how secondary schools can better educate KS3 and KS4 pupils about safe sex, in a whole-school video on healthy living, supporting Every Child Matters.
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30 mins A Safe Alternative
This whole-school video on safeguarding KS3/KS4 children shows Alternative Education Service (AES) staff promoting inclusion in full-time education for pupils excluded from South Tyneside's mainstream secondary schools.
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30 mins Lost for Words
The number of pupils sitting modern foreign languages (MFL) GCSEs and A-levels has declined dramatically. This video for KS2/KS3/KS4 headteachers and teaching staff examines the debate over the reasons for this.
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30 mins Taking Risks with Ofsted
Two Ofsted inspectors return to schools they've already inspected to give teachers tips on how they can take more risks in the classroom, in this whole-school video for secondary schools.
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30 mins New Thinking Skills
Two Advanced Skills Teachers (ASTs) demonstrate four thinking activities which offer pupils specific strategies to deepen their understanding and question their own thinking processes, in this whole-school video.
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30 mins Hi Tech Transition
The way two secondary schools are using ICT to take the trauma out of transition from primary and secondary teachers is the focus of this whole-school video on ICT learning.
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30 mins Action Research
Three case studies reveal the growing use of action research, a process where teachers assess teaching and learning to improve both teacher and student learning, in this whole-school video for primary and secondary teachers.
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30 mins Cash for Answers
See how three cash-for-grades schemes are working, as this video for secondary headteachers and teachers examines whether they provide a useful incentive and if schools should be spending money on the controversial schemes.
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30 mins Network Improvements
Headteachers and senior leaders discuss different types of federation, or formal agreement to share governance arrangements, in this video for primary and secondary governors and headteachers.
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30 mins Selection
Explore the kinds of selection primary and secondary schools are using and see why admission is so controversial, in this whole-school video for headteachers, teaching staff, parents and community.
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45 mins Teenage Mothers
Follow three pregnant teenagers as they prepare to give birth. This whole-school video addresses sex and relationship education in secondary schools, giving a valuable insight into what life is like for young mums.
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45 mins Michael Rosen on Literacy
Michael Rosen, author and children's laureate, asks if the current political enthusiasm for phonics, designated literacy hours and league tables is turning off young readers, in a video for Early Years and KS1.
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30 mins E-assessment - Where Next?
The radical developments in assessment and exams, which could change the face of teaching and learning forever, are the focus of this whole-school video on ICT management in Key Stages 2-4.
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30 mins White Under-Achievement: Putting Class into the Classroom
Why white working-class children are failing at school is the focus of this whole-school video for secondary headteachers, offering a provocative view of where schools are going wrong and linking with Every Child Matters.
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30 mins Protecting Children - Four True Stories
Behind the headlines and statistics of child protection is the reality of schools dealing with neglected and abused children. This whole-school video for primary and secondary depicts four true stories to provide insights.
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30 mins I am Bovvered
Headteacher Sue Tinson has risked £500,000 of personal debt to open a school for girls with complex emotional and behavioural issues. This whole-school video on inclusion in secondary reveals Sue's methods and practices.
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30 mins CRB - Checks and Balances
Get an inside view of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) with this video for primary and secondary headteachers, which assesses whether CRB checks are essential for children's safety or an invasion of civil liberties.
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30 mins Students under Surveillance
Technology offers schools unprecedented ways of surveying students' behaviour and movement. This video for primary and secondary headteachers examines the potential benefits and downfalls.
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30 mins Economics of Education
Find out how England's education budget is divided between competing priorities and distributed to individual schools, in this video for headteachers on finance, performance and management.
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30 mins Firesetters
This video focuses on the ongoing problem of firesetters and the potential dangers that lie within school corridors. It also asks what's being done to prevent future fire attacks.
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30 mins Online Social Networks - Friend or Foe?
The technology behind social websites such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo is explored in this video on ICT learning and media literacy, looking also at the issues these websites raise for teachers.
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30 mins Young Carers
Hear powerful personal stories from some of Britain's 175,000 young carers, who look after relatives battling illness and addiction, in this video for headteachers and teachers, linked with the Every Child Matters agenda.
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30 mins Teacher Retention
This investigation into why some new teachers leave the profession also looks at the measures schools are taking to try and retain their staff.
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30 mins Happiest Days?
Four schools' approaches to increasing the happiness and wellbeing of pupils are shown in this whole-school video on personal and social skills in primary and secondary, linked with Every Child Matters.
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30 mins League Tables
League tables have been a fact of school life for over 15 years. Why they were introduced in the first place and what their impact has been is addressed in this whole-school video for primary and secondary headteachers.
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30 mins Early Years Foundation Stage
See a mixed range of opinions in the heated debate surrounding the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, dubbed a "baby curriculum" by the media.
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30 mins Exam Cheating
Explore the reasons behind the growth of cheating in schools, the pressures felt by teachers and pupils, and what can be done to address the problem, in this whole-school video on assessment and exams.
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30 mins Tackling Obesity
With childhood obesity hitting alarmingly high levels, take a look at what schools could and should be doing to tackle the problem, in this whole-school video on healthy living in primary and secondary schools.
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30 mins Looked-After Children
See looked-after children (LAC) and care leavers share their experiences of life in care and school, as this whole-school video on inclusion explores ways to improve their chances of success in primary and secondary schools.
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30 mins Diplomas
Get a comprehensive insight into the ideas behind the government's new diploma programme, being piloted in various schools during 2007, with this video on vocational 14-19 diplomas, for secondary school headteachers.
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30 mins Teacher-Pupil: A Good Working Relationship
Hear the personal story of Jake, who left school at 14 after being excluded from mainstream education. He reflects on the complexities of an effective teacher-pupil relationship, in this video for secondary school teachers.
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30 mins Mobile Phones, Mobile Minds
See the impact on schools and education of young people with mobile phones, in this whole-school video on the pupil voice, ICT learning and media literacy in primary and secondary.
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30 mins David Burghes on Maths
Professor David Burghes believes the teaching of maths in the UK to be in crisis and claims that countless government initiatives to improve mathematics teaching have failed.
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30 mins Every Child Matters - a Healthcheck
Discover the effect the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda is having on schools, with this whole-school video for primary and secondary teachers, which asks what it takes to make ECM work effectively.
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30 mins Every Child Matters & Multi-Agency Working
In one of the most socially deprived areas of Europe, Kingswood High School, Hull, works with numerous agencies to help its vulnerable students. See three schools' approaches in this whole-school video on Every Child Matters.
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45 mins Primary Mental Health - Daryl's Story
Daryl is a model pupil at school, but he and his mum are experiencing serious communication problems. Whether Daryl has mental health problems is assessed in this whole-school video on healthy living and Every Child Matters.
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30 mins Estelle Morris on the Attainment Gap
Schools in London and Sunderland that are successfully reducing the attainment gap between groups of pupils, are visited in this whole-school video on Every Child Matters, for primary and secondary headteachers.
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30 mins Unqualified Success?
The state sector should consider allowing people without teaching qualifications to take up headships, says a recent report for the DCSF. The proposal is investigated in this video for primary and secondary headteachers.
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45 mins Education for All - Halfway There?
The impact of the international community's target of Education for All by 2015, pledged in 2000, is examined in this video for primary and secondary headteachers and teachers.
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30 mins Private Management, State School
In June 2007 Salisbury School in Enfield became the first state secondary school to be taken over by private management. Follow the first six months of the experiment with this whole-school video for secondary headteachers.
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30 mins Teenage Fathers
Investigating what more could be done about the issue of teenage fathers, meet three young fathers in this whole-school video for Key Stage 3/4 teachers. It links with Every Child Matters and sex and relationship education.
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30 mins Raising Aspirations
Gordon Brown stressed the need to raise schoolchildren's achievements, referring to "aspiration" nine times in a 2007 speech. See varous initiatives in this whole-school video on Every Child Matters for primary and secondary.
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30 mins The Business of Education
Whether schools become successful by running themselves like commercial companies is the focus of this video for primary and secondary headteachers, as BBC business presenter Adam Shaw investigates.
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30 mins Gay Teachers
Follow the lives of five inspirational gay teachers to find out how they cope with school, in this personal wellbeing video for primary and secondary teachers and headteachers.
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30 mins Teacher Mental Health
School staff talk openly about their mental health problems amid claims that one in three teachers will experience such issues during their career. Learn more in this personal-wellbeing video for primary and secondary.
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30 mins Teenage Dropouts - NEETs
Why young people end up as NEET - Not in Education, Employment or Training - and what can be done to reduce their number, is the focus of this whole-school video on Every Child Matters for secondary headteachers and teachers.
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30 mins Neuroscience, Schools and the Future
How the latest neuroscience research affects schools is examined in this video for primary and secondary teachers, asking four scientists how the common school-day structure may change due to research now and in the future.
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30 mins Primary MFL - Ready for 2010?
Medway local authority in Kent is adapting the Key Stage 2 framework to support its non-specialist workforce. Meet five primaries and one secondary trying to deliver meaningful and progressive modern languages learning.
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30 mins Communicating with Parents
Education consultant Edward Gildea helps Holden Lane High School, Stoke-on-Trent, improve its communication with parents, in this parents-and-community video for teachers.
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30 mins Adam Rutherford on Evolution and Creationism
The suggestion that the teaching of evolution is being threatened by a rise in creationism amongst religious students is investigated by Dr Adam Rutherford in this science vs. religion video for teachers.
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30 mins Girls Bullying
The problem of girls bullying other girls is explored by experts who give tips on how to identify the symptoms and tackle the causes, in this anti-bullying video for teachers linked with Every Child Matters.
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30 mins Tomorrow's Teacher, Tomorrow's School
Explore the technological innovations and trends that could bring about the biggest transformation in teaching since the beginning of mass education, in this personalised-learning video for teachers.
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30 mins Exams - Dumbing Down or Wising Up?
Exploring whether exam standards are being dragged down by the rising popularity of vocational and creative subjects, students and staff from two contrasting schools swap places in this video for teachers on assessment.
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30 mins Natalie Haynes on Comedy in Class
Teacher-turned-comedian Natalie Haynes travels the country to try and prove that pupils and staff would benefit if schools were given an injection of humour.
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30 mins School Behind Bars
Discover the many challenges involved in teaching young people in a secure unit for child criminals, in this video for teachers on inclusion and special schools.
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45 mins Battling Anorexia
Hear three teenagers, two girls and a boy, talk openly about their battle with anorexia, as staff at a school and psychiatric unit discuss how sufferers can be supported, in this human health and safety video for teachers.
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30 mins The Swedish Model - A Lesson in School Choice
See how Sweden's adoption of independent schools within the state school system has encouraged parental choice and increased competition, and hear from those who believe a similar system could benefit England.
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30 mins Conquering the Paperwork Mountain
Paperwork is a common problem for teachers, who just want to get on with teaching. See two schools reveal their solutions to the problem, in this video for teachers, administrative and support staff.
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30 mins Diplomas - A Progress Report
Six months after the introduction of the new 14-19 diplomas, teachers involved in their delivery talk about their experiences and the lessons they have learned, in this video on assessment for school leaders and teachers.
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30 mins Beating Bullying
The best anti-bullying strategies for primary and secondary remain hotly debated. Leading advocates are interviewed, including children's charity Kidscape, in this video which links with Every Child Matters.
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30 mins Challenging Homophobia
Homophobic bullying leads to more gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils playing truant and leaving school earlier than their heterosexual counterparts. Discover a secondary school's successful response in this whole-school video.
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30 mins Us and Them
Parents and teachers don't always see eye-to-eye. Find out about one incident at a primary school where this relationship became incredibly difficult, in this whole-school video.
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