School Season

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The BBC2 School Season has now finished.

What is the School Season?

BBC 2 School Season

In September 2010, BBC Two presents a major season on education, focusing on our schools, the tough choices parents have to make and whether we could all do better.

In Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School for Boys, Gareth becomes a primary school teacher for one term. His mission is to re-engage boys who don't like school and who, like many across Britain, lag behind their female peers.

The Big School Lottery is a revelatory year-long journey following children, parents, schools and Birmingham Education Authority through the often fraught process of selecting a child's secondary school.

Further information on the School Season and the rest of the programmes being screened can be found at which will feature specially commissioned articles and blogs on the subjects raised in the programmes, as well as links to support material from across the BBC and external sites.

The RSA/ BBC Two School Season Debate - Asking the right questions

To accompany the School Season running on BBC Two this September, the RSA and BBC Learning organised a debate to explore the issues further and to ask - where next for our children's education?

BBC 2 School Season - Dylan William

Panellists included:

  • Professor Dylan Wiliam - Deputy Director of the Institute of Education and presenter of The Classroom Experiment
  • Toby Young - journalist and contributor to Start Your Own School
  • Amanda Blue - series director and producer of The Big School Lottery series
  • Sir William Atkinson - Executive Headteacher of Phoenix High School
  • Chair: Matthew Taylor, Chief executive, RSA

The debate will be viewable online shortly along with a transcript and further information.

David Shaw from the BBC Parent Panel attended the debate and you can read his account of the event on the BBC Parents' Blog.

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