Continuing the BBC / Open University series following students excluded from mainstream education, exploring how alternative provision acadmies try to help turn their lives round.
In the second programme of this series set inside the Bridge Academy in West London, one of the country’s largest alternative provision academies, we follow students who are hoping to return to mainstream school. If reintegration is to happen, it needs to take place before students start their GCSEs, and only then if they can get their behaviour under control. Around 30 students are assessed for a possible return to mainstream school each year, but on average just 7 will do so successfully.
13-year-olds Shannon and Taylor are both new arrivals. Taylor is initially keen to return to mainstream, but soon starts to find the Bridge more appealing.
Shannon on the other hand is determined to leave and pursues a place at a sought after secondary school. She is academically able and the school is interested in her, but her challenging behaviour starts to put the place in jeopardy.
Meanwhile 14 year old Craig is also hoping to get reintegrated, but can he avoid confrontations and rein in his bad language?
Excluded: Kicked Out Of School episode two is first broadcast on BBC Three, 27th January 2015 at 9pm. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.