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New BBC Series about highly able children with low income backgrounds

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MEDIA: Fri 28-Oct-16 12:52:38

Dear Parents

Blast! Films are making a BBC series about children aged 12 – 14 who are receiving free school meals, and are academically able. The point of the series is to follow their progress over the next three years, to see what opportunities and challenges face them.
Is your child on a “gifted and talented” / “highly able” scheme at school, or did they get high grades in their SATs? And are they currently receiving free school meals? If so, we would love to talk to you, to explain more about our project, and to hear our experiences. All conversations are strictly confidential – and for background research in the first instance. But ultimately, we will be looking for a small number of children around the country to feature.
Please do get in touch with us on the following email: with your Name and phone number and we will call you back promptly.


Production team at Blast!

Blast! Films is one of the foremost producers of high-quality documentaries in the UK, and our output currently ranges from Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse to Saving Lives At Sea. We have worked twice in schools before, making Beautiful Young Minds for BBC2 in 2007, about young mathematicians, and The Big School Lottery in 2010.
You can visit our website at:

LadyLapsang Tue 08-Nov-16 22:51:49

I hope you will be considering the educational backgrounds of the parents too. There can be a huge difference between a graduate mother with a professional background whose children are eligible for FSMs because of divorce / decision not to be economically active, but are still living in a nice home and have many of the advantages of middle class life - ex husband taking children on expensive holidays abroad, grandparents underwriting the family's expenses and family able to access high performing schools etc. Contrast this with a child growing up in a family with parents who have little or no qualifications and may not speak much English, who have no social capital and live in poor rented housing and the child attends an inadequate / RI school where few children attain good qualifications. On paper it can be hard to differentiate between the two - both children will show up as FSM /PP. Very interesting study with some girls attending GPDST schools many years ago that identified many of the issues (but of course not the poor school).

WonderWine Mon 14-Nov-16 11:49:34

Have you considered talking to independent schools who offer 100% means tested bursaries? My DCs school has about 20 pupils who would fit your description and won scholarships/100% bursaries. The fundraising for the bursary foundation is all about 'life chances'.

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