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What If...?

Teachers and managers role-play challenging hypothetical situations to work out what the best response and actions might be. A panel discusses the implications and share their thoughts on best practice.

There are 12 videos in this series.

30 mins Stopping the Bullying
How does a school deal with bullying? Should verbal and physical bullying be treated the same? Is one always worse than the other? How should complaints from parents be handled? What if it is the teachers who are being bullied?
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30 mins Suspected Abuse
Teachers and managers role-play challenging situations, with the late Ted Wragg asking the difficult questions.
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30 mins The Incompetent Teacher
Teachers and managers role play challenging situations, with the late Ted Wragg asking the difficult questions. This week, how does a head decide when to fire a struggling teacher? When does the union move to organise an exit with dignity?
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30 mins Duty of Care
This week, how do teachers deal with the problems posed by pupils having sex? How does the division of responsibility between the school and parents work in practice?
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30 mins Policing in Schools
This programme investigates how teachers can ensure a safe school environment and prevent their challenging pupils from getting involved in crime. It considers whether having the police based full-time on school premises would help or hinder.
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30 mins Exclusion
The late professor, Ted Wragg, conducts an imaginary case study with eight expert panellists. They have to decide whether they will exclude a primary pupil who bites; a teenage girl who wilfully ignores the dress code and a Rastafarian student who both ...
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30 mins Financial Crisis
Should a cash-strapped school accept sponsorship from a fast-food company, or a firm employing child labour in the developing world? What are the least painful cuts to be made to a school budget that needs slashing by 20 per cent?
30 mins Teach or Cheat
This episode of What If...? explores how schools respond to dilemmas posed by league tables.
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30 mins Looked-After Children
Mike Baker puts an imaginary case study to eight experts in order to explore the ethical dilemmas surrounding the education of looked-after children.
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30 mins Gangs
Using an imaginary case study, Mike Baker asks an expert panel how they would tackle escalating gang-related incidents within schools.
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30 mins Meet the Parents
Mike Baker puts forward an imaginary case study involving two challenging families to an expert panel to see how they would cope with the provocation of some parents.
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30 mins Private Life v Public Role
Using an imaginary case study, moderator Mike Baker asks a panel whether teachers ought to follow higher moral personal standards than other professionals.
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