Channel 4 heads to Wales for next “Educating” series

UK pubcaster Channel 4 will head to Wales and follow the teachers and students of a Cardiff high school for the fourth installment of its Educating... docuseries, set to air next fall. (Pictured: Educating Yorkshire)
December 9, 2014

UK pubcaster Channel 4 will head to Wales and follow the teachers and students of a Cardiff high school for the fourth installment of its Educating… docuseries.

The pubcaster’s prior series include Educating the East EndEducating Essex and Educating Yorkshire (pictured), the latter of which picked up an International Emmy Award last month. Twofour Group – which oversaw the three series – will return to produce the as-yet-untitled 9 x 60-minute series, focusing on Cardiff’s Willows High School.

Students attend Willows from three local areas, and under the leadership of head teacher Joy Ballard, the school has transformed from one of Wales’s worst performing schools to one of its strongest. The series will focus on the relationships between teachers and students as they prepare for exams, as well as the friendships between pupils.

“We’re thrilled to be heading to Wales and Willows High for the fourth installment of one of our best-loved series,” said David Brindley, Channel 4 commissioning editor, in a statement. “Following on from Essex, Yorkshire and most recently the East End, under the stewardship of Mrs. Ballard, this Educating… promises to unearth more inspirational, humorous and moving stories from the corridors of this characterful Cardiff school.”

David Clews, an executive producer for Twofour, added: “Willows High is one of the most improving schools in Wales, led by the inspirational head teacher Joy Ballard. You can really feel the charm and character of the place as soon as you walk through the gates and start talking to the students.”

The series – set to air next fall - will be overseen by Channel 4 commissioning editors Madonna Benjamin and Brindley. Meanwhile, executive producers for Twofour are ClewsAndrew Mackenzie and Gyles Neville, while the series producers and directors are Alex Kohler and Nicola Brown.

About The Author