Thursday, 15 January 2009 8:35pm
The Unteachables invited a number of UK kids with serious attendance and behavioural problems in school to take part for five months in a ground-breaking educational project. Special input came from an award- winning teacher, a successful head teacher, a top educational psychologist, a professor of education and six full-time youth workers. Their goal was to help the kids to get more out of their education. 140,000 underachieving and badly behaved schoolchildren were suspended from British schools last year. Is it the system that’s at fault? Or are these kids really unteachable?
Four radical pioneering teachers search for schools willing to participate in their groundbreaking project to turn around bored and disruptive school kids. Education guru Ted Wragg and educational psychologist Vivian Hill lead the search by talking to parents, teachers and hearing stories direct from the kids’ mouths.
Once the three ordinary secondary schools were chosen, Wragg and Hill spent days observing behaviour in classrooms to choose challenging underachievers to participate in the project. Sixteen children from year nine – the year with the highest national rate of exclusion, were chosen. How did the experiment go?