Could your school be the star of Educating Essex follow-up?

by Lynn Connolly

Channel 4 have announced that they’re searching for a new secondary school in order to revisit the success of Educating Essex, which featured Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex.

The series, which aired last year, was watched by an average of 2.4million viewers for each episode, which aired footage captured by 65 cameras that were placed inside the school.

C4’s press release states, “The seven-part series featured inspirational teachers working with passion and good humour and was praised for highlighting the challenges faced by the teaching profession as well as its even-handed and sympathetic portrayal of young people.”

Of the first run of the show, Mark Raphael, Channel 4’s commissioning editor for documentaries, said, “I was incredibly proud of Educating Essex. It made a real connection with younger viewers, and received huge critical acclaim…

“It was also gratifying to see the positive reaction from within the teaching profession.

“We’re funding a development to follow on from the first series and want to find another inspiring school to work with.”

And David Clews, the executive producer at Twofour Broadcast, added, “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.

“In the same way as the first series, we don’t want to shy away from the challenges that today’s teacher’s 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.”

And finally, Vic Goddard, the headteacher of Passmores Academy, said of the programme, “The individuals I worked with were compassionate and understanding of the pressures on a school.

“It has been evident that from the top down they are completely and utterly true to their word.

“I would be more than happy to speak to any headteachers who are considering putting their schools forward for the new series.”

Click here to read more about Twofour and Channel 4’s collaboration on the project.


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.