Panorama - The Best Days.  A 1977 BBC Panorama episode featuring a fly on the wall documenatary of life in a London Comprehensive School.  The film is introduced by David Dimbleby who invites to ask whether children really are experiencing their best days at school.  Claims to authenticity stem from footage of 'real' scenes.  We can contest these claims to authenticity and  consider whether a representation of reality is equivalent to the truth.

Panorama - The Best Days. A 1977 BBC Panorama episode featuring a fly on the wall documenatary of life in a London Comprehensive School. The film is introduced by David Dimbleby who invites to ask whether children really are experiencing their best days at school. Claims to authenticity stem from footage of 'real' scenes. We can contest these claims to authenticity and consider whether a representation of reality is equivalent to the truth.

Poor Man's Eton was broadcast in 1987 as part of the BBC's Forty Minutes series.  It tells the story of Woolverstone Hall School near Ipswich, Suffolk, a comprehensive boarding school for boys run by the then Inner London Education Authority.  The film portrays the school and follows the struggle to keep the school open.

Poor Man's Eton was broadcast in 1987 as part of the BBC's Forty Minutes series. It tells the story of Woolverstone Hall School near Ipswich, Suffolk, a comprehensive boarding school for boys run by the then Inner London Education Authority. The film portrays the school and follows the struggle to keep the school open.

The School Strike in London: Marching to Trafalgar Square, 17th May 1972.

The School Strike in London: Marching to Trafalgar Square, 17th May 1972.

Children from wealthier families gain 'cultural capital'

Tuition and hobbies helping richer children

Children from wealthier families gain 'cultural capital'

One Pair of Eyes: Who Are the Cockneys Now? with Georgia Brown • 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7uW7koB7pw

One Pair of Eyes: Who Are the Cockneys Now? with Georgia Brown • 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7uW7koB7pw

Many poorer children underachieving in rural and seaside areas 20/6/13

'Invisible' poor children let down by schools, says Ofsted head

Many poorer children underachieving in rural and seaside areas 20/6/13

Summerhill at 70 was a 1992 documentary produced as part of Channel 4's Cutting Edge series.  It claims to offer a 'fly on wall' representation of life at Summerhill School.  The film features a scene of pupils killing a myxomatosis infected rabbit. Painting an unfavourable picture of the school, head of the school Zoe Readhead considers the film an unfair representation.  We can use the film to consider how documentaries can construct a 'truth'  as opposed to reporting the facts.

Summerhill at 70 was a 1992 documentary produced as part of Channel 4's Cutting Edge series. It claims to offer a 'fly on wall' representation of life at Summerhill School. The film features a scene of pupils killing a myxomatosis infected rabbit. Painting an unfavourable picture of the school, head of the school Zoe Readhead considers the film an unfair representation. We can use the film to consider how documentaries can construct a 'truth' as opposed to reporting the facts.

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