Channel 4 seeks school for Educating Essex follow-up

The acclaimed observational documentary could start a new term at a different school

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After the success of fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Essex, Channel 4 is looking for another school where it can film a follow-up series.

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The seven-part show capturing the daily lives of staff and pupils at Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex, was filmed on 65 cameras placed in fixed positions around the secondary school. 

It drew a strong average audience of 2.4 million viewers per episode and was also a critical success. Praised for highlighting the challenges faced by the teaching profession, as well as for its even-handed portrayal of young people, Educating Essex was named in RadioTimes.com’s top ten shows of 2011.

David Clews, executive producer at Twofour Broadcast, who made the show for Channel 4, said: “We’re very excited about the prospect of building on the success of Educating Essex and would like to find a school to work in partnership with us to produce a new collection of warm, honest and important documentary programmes.

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“In the same way as the first series, we don’t want to shy away from the challenges that today’s teachers face, nor avoid the awkward parts of growing up, but ultimately our aim is that these will be optimistic and celebratory films which sensitively explore the human relationships that lie at the heart of school life.”