'A Special School' Drops On BBC On Monday And 'Educating Yorkshire' Fans Will Love It
Landing on BBC iPlayer and BBC Wales, the series takes viewers inside Britain's biggest special needs school in Penarth, Wales - and we're pretty sure we're going to be left feeling all the emotions.
Ysgol y Deri caters to pupils aged 3 to 19 who live with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.
Each episode of the three-part series will follow the pupils as they go about their day-to-day lives, overcoming the challenges they face along the way.
In episode one, A Special School sees pupils overcome anxiety at an outdoor activity centre, where experiences like zip wiring and canoeing are designed to challenge the children, both mentally and physically.
Meanwhile, back in the classroom, teacher Lisa Rees-Renshaw is helping children who are nonverbal to communicate.
Viewers also meet seven-year-old Felix, who has Miller-Dieker syndrome, which means the surface of his brain is abnormally smooth. Children with his condition don't normally live past infancy.
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Using an eye gaze device that enables pupils to control a cursor using their eyes, Lisa helps Felix to make cognitive decisions.
The BBC said of Ysgol y Deri: "This is a school like no other, bursting with energy, where you can expect the unexpected. With tears and laughter, the relationship between pupils and teachers is informal, warm and built on trust."
Head teacher Chris Britten said: "When I first came into the special sector, people told me a lot about what children and young people couldn't do. I've always wondered what they might do."
A teaching assistant at Ysgol y Deri added: "Walk the corridors and you're going to meet at least 20 kids who will blow your mind every day."
We're not crying, you're crying.
A Special School will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer on 14 September.
Featured Image Credit: A Special School / BBC
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