Robin Buss selects highlights for the coming term
Citizenship, careers and PSHE are the themes of new programmes from Channel 4, while BBC Schools has its mind on black history and Shakespeare.
Teachers' TV gets an early start to its third term, with a weekend for new teachers, a full week of autism awareness and a scheme to get its core viewers more directly involved in what it does.
In three series for secondary pupils, all starting on C4 on September 19, we observe some 16-year-olds in Yorkshire as they face life after school (Sweet Sixteen), watch the attempts of five young entrepreneurs to set up on their own (Tricky Business) and meet Glaswegian comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, who takes a wry look at race, sex, religion and families (Hardeep Does).
In the following week, C4 finds out how young people relate to money at a time when they have more access to the plastic and folding stuff than their parents ever did, but also feel under increasing pressure to spend it, keeping up with their peers in clothes, iPods and lifestyle accessories (Live Now, Pay Later). And, realising the problems the younger generation must have in negotiating this pressurised environment, C4 is planning programmes on self-harm (The Cutting Club), anger management (Don't Make Me Angry) and anorexia (The Thin Club) for later in the term.
October is Black History Month on BBC Schools, and on October 28, BBC2 has two new films for secondary students about the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in Britain from the Romans to the Second World War (First Black Britons); this is showing overnight alongside a half-hour dystopian drama about racism in a future Britain and a repeat of the Hidden History episode on Mary Seacole. Then, on November 17, there are two new one-hour documentaries on racism in Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Black history also features on the primary-school curriculum, with six 10-minute programmes about the lives of Ignatius Sancho, Mary Prince, Noor Inayat Khan and others (October 7, 14 and 21). Nearer to Christmas, BBC2 is showing six films for primary pupils on Difference and Discrimination.
As for Shakespeare, October 15 sees the start of the BBC Shakespeare season on Radio 4, running through to the end of November. Before that, BBC2 is broadcasting a feature-length TV programme on October 4 for secondary schools about The Merchant of Venice, incorporating the National Youth Theatre production of Tom Stoppard's abridgement of the play. More on this and the other programmes nearer the time.
Teachers' TV aims to help newly qualified teachers settle into their new jobs with a weekend of programmes on September 10 and 11, including advice to primary school NQTs on balancing work and life and for secondary schools on lesson planning and differentiation. Then, from September 19, Teachers'
TV devotes a week to programmes on autism. Teachers' TV Associates is a new scheme from the channel which is being launched in September, designed to allow viewers to become more involved, to preview the channel's output, attend special events and help shape programmes. More details on the website.
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