Learning World travels to the UK to examine the controversial free schools initiative introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. We also delve deep into the challenges facing British teachers and get a front row seat as a group of secondary school students fight for votes in a mock election debate.
Point of view
Knowing that I'm helping a bunch of young people learn some interesting things about the world – and hopefully giving them a better future - is for me a really exciting thing.
How ‘free’ are free schools?
These new schools are state-funded and free to attend. They have more flexibility than other British state schools over the curriculum, staffing and school hours, which has stirred up some strong opposition. We find out how they are shaking up the education landscape in the UK.
Reality bites: challenges and rewards of the teacher’s life
Learning World talks to four British teachers about their experiences. Each one is dedicated to education, but has his or her own unique story to tell. All speak of frustrations within the UK state system. Find out why.
Secondary school students fight fire with fire in mock election debate
We are in the thick of the action as a group of 17 and 18-year-olds, representing the major British political parties, campaign for votes from their peers. They are fired up and passionate about immigration, education and the voting age (18 in the UK). This is only a mock debate, but you wouldn’t know it!