This observational documentary series for Channel 4 explores what really happens behind the school gates, capturing everything about school life as a group of teenagers prepare for their GCSEs.
With unprecedented access to a British school, from the classrooms to the dining hall, from the headmasterâ€™s office to detention, Educating Essex follows a group of final year students through the most important year in their education.
For seven weeks of the Autumn term sixty-two cameras were placed throughout the school, focusing on a number of Year 11 students. This ambitious series examines all aspects of teenage life from school work and exam pressure, to fitting in and growing up â€“ at a time when the next generation of school leavers face one of the most uncertain futures in decades.
Andrew Mackenzie and Peter Moore
Commissioned by Channel 4 Documentaries Commissioning Editor
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