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A new series from the makers of Hospital takes a look at three very different schools

This six-part series, which goes behind the scenes at three Gloucestershire schools – Mangotsfield, Castle, and Marlwood – paints a worrying picture of how budget cuts are impacting education – from poor maintenance of buildings and equipment to pay cuts and reductions in pastoral care staff.

Science Teacher Andrew helps pupil Chloe

Meanwhile, behavioural problems and anxiety appear to be on the rise.

What’s not in doubt is the dedication of the teachers, so thank goodness there are also some uplifting scenes, including one teacher’s tearful goodbye to his class, and head Angie Browne (pictured top, second from right) having a potentially life-changing chat with a black girl who feels she doesn’t fit in at a mostly white school.

Please note this programme airs in Scotland at 11.15pm.

TV Times rating: ****