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Panorama Broke My School, Saturday, 20.00, BBC Radio 4

Well, there’s an arresting title, and this should prove to be a fascinating programme. Back in 1977, Panorama decided to look at the current state of British education by sending cameras to Faraday High School in Acton for a controversial programme – which used to be on YouTube, but we see it’s been taken down – which led to much hand-wringing across the nation about school standards in general, and at Faraday in particular, which seemingly never really recovered from the exposure of its wayward pupils and ineffective staff and closed not long after. One of the pupils featured was Shabnam Grewal who, funnily enough, went on to work for Panorama, and in this programme they’ll be meeting up with other alumni and staff to recall the General Collapse of Secondary Education.



  1. richardpd

    September 21, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Was that the school spoofed on Brasseye as Drumlake School?

  2. Glenn Aylett

    September 21, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Could this failing comprehensive inspired Grange Hill, which became the BBC’s best children’s drama of all time? I do recall comprehensives in the late seventies being a national joke due to their often lax discipline, low standards and constant turnover of teachers. I attended one for my last two years of education, after the local grammar and two secondary moderns merged, and many of the decent teachers left, kids ran riot every day and the place made Grange Hill look like Eton.

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