UK election special: views from the British classroom

UK election special: views from the British classroom
By Sarah Chappell
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With elections fast approaching we bring you a special episode looking at some of the key policies and challenges facing education in Great Britain.


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.

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!

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