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'Educating Yorkshire' Fans Will Love BBC's New Show 'A Special School'

'Educating Yorkshire' Fans Will Love BBC's New Show 'A Special School'

If you loved the warmth and humour of popular school docuseries Educating Yorkshire, then a brand-new series from the BBC could be your next binge watch.

Coming to iPlayer and BBC Wales from 14th September, A Special School paints a picture of life in Britain's biggest special needs school in Penarth, Wales - and it looks like seriously emotional telly.

Viewers will be taken through the gates of Ysgol y Deri, which caters to pupils with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties, aged of 3 to 19.

'A Special School' takes viewers inside Britain's biggest special needs school in Penarth, Wales (Credit: BBC)
'A Special School' takes viewers inside Britain's biggest special needs school in Penarth, Wales (Credit: BBC)
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Promising laughter and tears in equal measure, the three-part series follows the daily lives of pupils as they conquer their fears and overcome daily challenges.

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.

"A cuddle and a high five are all part of school life and getting covered in flour on the playground is just an occupational hazard for headteacher Chris Britten."

The three-part series follows the daily lives of pupils as they conquer their fears and overcome daily challenges (Credit: BBC)
The three-part series follows the daily lives of pupils as they conquer their fears and overcome daily challenges (Credit: BBC)
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Episode one will see 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.

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Back at the school, teacher Lisa Rees-Renshaw is helping children who are nonverbal to communicate.

Seven-year-old Felix 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.

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've got our tissues ready for this one!

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A Special School will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer on 14 September.

Featured Image Credit: BBC Wales

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, TV Entertainment

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.