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Derek McMillan's blog
Sunday, 24 April 2005
Film of disruptive pupils on Channel 5
If I put a camera in my class on a good day and filmed them working away for an hour that would not be good television. It would be an accurate reflection of what goes on in a lot of schools a lot of the time. It would not help Michael Howard's moral panic over school discipline being "out of control"

I would of course get the parents' written consent before selling it to any really bored TV company interested in buying it, and I would never film pupils without *their* consent either.

Sensationalising this issue is wrong. Filming pupils who want attention and putting it on national television is wrong.

If anyone thinks that means I tolerate disruption in my lessons I suggest you spend five minutes in my classroom before making any such rash assertion!

Posted by derekmcmillan at 6:21 PM BST

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