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Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school

In a unique experiment, five teachers from China take over the education of 50 teenagers in a Hampshire school to see whether the high-ranking Chinese education system can teach us a lesson.

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Five Chinese school teachers stand in front of a group of teenage English school students (BBC programme use only) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC According to recent studies, China is home to one of the best education systems in the world, while Britain is trailing a long way behind. In Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school , five Chinese teachers take over the education of a class of fifty Year 9 pupils in a Hampshire school. They’re here to prove that even a high achieving British school has a lot to learn from their methods. In this unique experiment, the British and Chinese teaching styles are pitched against each other, with both sides tested after four weeks to see who comes out on top. Will the harsh regime of long days and strict discipline produce superior students? Or will the clash of two cultures create chaos in the classroom?

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The first epiosde of 'Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school' airs on BBC Two on Tuesday 4th August 2015 at 9.00PM. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk

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Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC In a unique experiment, five teachers from China take over the education of 50 teenagers in a Hampshire school to see whether the high-ranking Chinese education system can teach us a lesson. Will the harsh regime of long days and strict discipline produce superior students? Or will the clash of two cultures create chaos in the classroom? After four weeks, the Chinese and British systems will go head to head with the whole year group sitting exams to see which teaching style gets the best results. Day one of the experiment proves a shock for everyone, and there are tears when the teenagers discover just how competitive the Chinese teachers expect them to be.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Episode Three It's the moment of truth, the students at Bohunt school go against each other to see which education system comes out... Read more
Episode Two The teenagers rebel against the strict discipline and lengthy days at the Chinese school. Read more
Episode One Day one of the Chinese School experiment causes tears among the teenagers when they realise how harsh the Chinese... Read more