BBC Three documentary: Tough Young Teachers
This six-part BBC Three documentary series showed the sometimes gruelling, often life-changing journey of a new teacher on screen for the very first time. The story followed the journey of six new teachers, working in schools in low-income communities, as they came to understand what it means to be responsible for a classroom of young people.
Commissioned by BBC Three and created by Victory Television, Teach First supported production of the series because we believe this story needs to be told.
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This is a story that needs to be told
Children from low-income communities in the UK are less likely to do well at school than their wealthier peers. This gap starts early and continues throughout a child's life, affecting their career prospects and wellbeing. We hope this series will generate debate and discussion about educational inequality, and highlight the inspiring work of all teachers who support young people to realise their ambitions, often in very challenging circumstances. Our priority was to work respectfully and responsibly, especially with pupils and their families, and ensure that what's a small snapshot of a national problem encourages more people to understand its complexities and take action.