Everyone’s talking about Essex

It has became the norm recently to create television series about school life. From Jamie Oliver attempting to do the impossible and make the whole country healthier and fitter to the new series on our television this month.

After recently watching Educating Essex on Channel 4, I asked myself, why? Why have they chosen to pick this school out of every school in the country. There is after all over 200 schools in the whole of the UK and they are probably more similar to each other than a set of triplets. After watching the programme twice, the school is full of stereotypes from the school bully, the head teacher who tries to be the pupils best friend in a stern and strict way to the grade A student who is getting ‘cyber bullied.’

Whilst I find it entertaining as it can be easily related to people who I attended school with, I do not see why they have chosen to solely focus on this area. One of the reasons I can think of is to attempt to fight against the stereotype that The Only Way is Essex has brought to the area due to the less intelligent likes of Joey Essex and the rest of his cast members…

The guardian has done an article in yesterday’s addition about the up and coming television series and interviews the two teachers who have a main part in the show. Here is the link- http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/sep/29/educating-essex-teachers-passmores?CMP=twt_iph

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