Gareth is a circus performer. He attends a base school in the winter and has a teacher from the travelling education service who comes to work with him in the summer. He talks about how they work together in a one-to-one situation and how it is different from going to school. Gareth talks positively about his life and how he balances his circus work with his school work.

This clip is from:
Focus, New Kid in the Class ep 2
First broadcast:
17 January 2008

The clip could be used as a starter activity to prompt a discussion on the challenges pupils face when changing schools. It could be used with groups where a new child has recently joined the school to develop empathy. Ask the pupils to mind map both the pupil's hopes and fears of joining a new school, as well as those of the children who are already in the class. Alternatively it could be used as a starting point for discussions about celebrating diversity in schools, for example, building understanding of pupils from travelling communities, pupils who live in care and so on.