The Teaching Challenge

Celebrities and experts brave the classroom to see what they can bring to education. This endlessly fascinating series demonstrated that some 'out there' thinking and a passion for a topic can really engage children.

There are 26 videos in this series, of which the following 23 are currently available to view online.

20 mins Lynne Truss
International bestselling author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Lynne Truss, tries to convince Year 11 pupils that punctuation will change their world.
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30 mins Carole Caplin
In an emotional and inspiring exercise, lifestyle guru Carole Caplin teaches a class of Key Stage 3 food technology pupils at the King John School in Benfleet, Essex.
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30 mins Tony Robinson
Tony Robinson, presenter of Time Team, hated school, but has returned to take on a history class at Shireland Language College in Smethwick, Birmingham.
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30 mins Steve Jones
Professor Steve Jones has built up a formidable reputation for his work on genetic diversity. He has written easy-to-read, bestselling books on complex subjects such as evolution and genes.
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20 mins Rick Stein
In the idyllic Cornish town of Padstow, chef and restaurateur Rick Stein shuts up shop. He is on his way to teach in a secondary school for the first time in his life. He faces a class of 15 year-olds who consider the subject of poetry to be, at best, ...
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30 mins Arthur Smith
This episode sees a seasoned performer take centre stage in front of a very different audience to his usual crowd.
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20 mins Prunella Scales and Timothy West
A fantastic treat for teachers and pupils alike, as two of Britain's most respected actors introduce a Year 11 drama class to professional theatre.
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30 mins David Blunkett
In this programme David Blunkett, former Secretary of State for Education, attempts to teach an A-level poetry class for the first time in his life.
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20 mins Simon Singh
Author of the best selling Fermat's Last Theorem and Big Bang, Simon Singh unravels the mystery of mathematics making it exciting and engaging.
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15 mins The Car Restorer
Lance McCormack, a respected car restorer, works with GCSE Graphic design students to design a new logo for his company called the Romance of Rust.
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15 mins The Nuclear Physicist
Nuclear physicist Paul Stevenson spends months examining the largest and smallest objects in the universe, but can he inspire a GCSE science class?
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15 mins The Architect
Gillian Horn is a celebrated architect, whose school and hospital designs break away from traditional ideas of form and function.
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15 mins Rachel Johnson
Novelist and columnist Rachel Johnson, sister of London Mayor Boris Johnson, takes up the teaching challenge by leading a lesson in journalism at her local school.
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15 mins John Hegley
Poet and stand up comedian John Hegley visits Eleanor Palmer Primary School in London for his Teaching Challenge and uses unconventional methods to get pupils thinking creatively.
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15 mins Michaela Strachan
Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan draws on personal experience as she teaches an RE lesson at an inner city school on the rights and wrongs of hunting.
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20 mins Suggs
For this Teaching Challenge, Madness frontman Suggs returns to his old school with the hope of passing on the songwriting skills that helped make his band so successful.
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20 mins Vanessa Feltz
Broadcaster and columnist Vanessa Feltz takes up the challenge to teach a Year 6 class from St. Edwards RC Primary School, London.
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30 mins Comedy Dave
Dave Vitty, better known as Comedy Dave from the Chris Moyles Show, has been given a teaching challenge to help lead a group of 80 inner city students on an adventure holiday in the New Forest.
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30 mins The Best Of
A compilation of the most illuminating and engaging moments of the Teaching Challenge series, as famous faces attempt to teach a lesson for the first time in their lives.
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15 mins Shappi Korsandi
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi returns to her primary school to give a lesson on refugees, as she tries her hand at teaching for the first time.
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15 mins Christian Jessen
Presenter Dr Christian Jessen, takes a lesson teaching teenagers about their own embarrassing health concerns.
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15 mins Allegra McEvedy
Founder of the Leon healthy fast-food-chain and author of Economy Gastronomy; Allegra McEvedy MBE, introduces a wary group of primary school children to the joys of bran.
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