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New Jamie Oliver School Series

Friday 3rd December 2010

The Yorkshire Post reported yesterday that Jamie Oliver has recruited a team of inspirational teachers including Lord Winston, David Starkey and Alastair Campbell to turn around the lives of teens who struggled with school. Famous figures such as Rolf Harris, Simon Callow and Daley Thompson are also taking part in next year’s documentary TV experiment on Channel 4.

Jamie Oliver suffered difficulties at school himself, partly due to his dyslexia, and left at 16 with just two GCSEs, but now the chef wants to see if others like him can succeed if they have the right environment. He advertised in the summer to find teens who had failed to thrive in school. During the seven-part series viewers will see if he can persuade the youths, from 16 to 18, to try again with their education.

Other experts taking a role in the TV project include Cherie Blair, former poet laureate Andrew Motion, rapper Tinchy Stryder, round-the-world sailor turned environmental campaigner Ellen Macarthur, photographer Rankin, and former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.

Figures show 47 per cent of 16-year-olds gain fewer than five GCSEs at grade C or above, and the TV series will examine why many young people are not engaged by education at school, and what can be improved in schools to help them.


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