Jack, Year 8

The school and learning experience of Hove Park School’s Jack What’s it like being on the receiving end of the education system? What’s it like being in Year 8, when progress can dip? This revealing series follows four Year 8 children, from Hove Park School in Sussex, offering snapshots of their perceptions and experience of school. The programmes interweaves intimate classroom footage with frank video diary recorded by the children at home.

Jack’s experience at school is mixed. In some subjects such as history in which students dramatise a slave auction, and art, he is very motivated, but is frustrated in French, where his refusal to work because ‘the work is too easy’ results in him being sent out of the lesson. Jack’s lack of self confidence emerges as the programme continues – he is reluctant to adopt role models since he believes he will always fall short of them.

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