Session 265: Schools on TV

Thursday 13th August 2015

Thursday 13th August 2015 ?#?UKEdChat? was hosted by @TLPMrsF focussing on “Schools on TV”.

SchoolsOnTVWith various TV ‘fly on the wall’ documentaries now entering classrooms, the session asked:

  1. How do you think schools, teachers and students have been presented on TV in recent times?
  2. How does what we see on TV compare to your own experience in school?
  3. Is there anything to be learned from these programmes?
  4. How do you think these programmes impact on public perception?
  5. How would you want to see schools, teachers and students presented on TV in the future?
  6. Would you allow cameras into your classroom? Why/Why not?


With ‘Educating…’ ‘Chinese School’ and ‘Sex In Class’, we’ve seen a fair bit of schools on our TV screens. Some have shown the teaching profession in a positive light but are our teenagers being poorly represented for the sake of viewing figures?

The discussion opened by asking how teachers and students have been presented in these programmes. Some suggested that it programmes give a realistic if not wholly positive picture of school life but there was a general feeling that editing was a powerful tool in telling the story the producers wanted to tell. The effect of cameras on teenagers’ behaviour cannot be ignored and @HecticTeacher suggested that teenagers have, ‘short term thinking, not considering that this TV show will live on even after it is shown on TV’.

On the question of whether there is anything to be learned from these TV programmes, @doctorhgcse said, ‘It shows the challenges and what happens when students are not afraid of consequences’. @ProffWattsMFL added that the Channel 4 programme ‘Sex In Class’ demonstrated, ‘the possibility of change and the positive impact that could be made’ to Sex Education in the UK. Another key learning point offered by @miss_ks1 is how, ‘important it is to have a supportive SLT – it makes a school’.

The discussion moved on to the impact of these programmes on public perception. @doctorhgcse suggested that they highlighted, ‘the professionalism of teachers’ and @MissAVECarter thought that, ‘young people come off worse than the teachers’. Thinking about how we’d like to see schools represented in future, @MsHMFL said that she’d like to see the cameras rolling, ‘after the bell goes at the end of school to see after school hours for staff and students’.

We ended by asking if we’d allow cameras into our own classrooms. The general consensus was that we’d be interested in the professional development opportunity of seeing ourselves teach but wouldn’t be keen to have that broadcast across the country with the potential for editing to misrepresent.

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