Big School is a British sitcom, starring David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Steve Speirs, Frances de la Tour, Joanna Scanlan and Philip Glenister. It is set in a secondary school and follows the comedic relationships of the teachers. The first series began airing on BBC One on 16 August 2013, and was met with polarised reviews. The final episode of the first series aired on 20 September 2013. On 2 December 2013, BBC One controller Charlotte Moore announced that Big School had been renewed for a second and final series, which concluded on 10 October 2014. In June 2015, it was officially announced that Big School would not be returning for a third series.
The series follows Keith Church (David Walliams), a socially naive chemistry teacher at the fictional Greybridge Secondary School, near Watford, who falls for new French teacher Sarah Postern (Catherine Tate), who believes herself to be an inspirational teacher, in tune with youth culture and a beautiful woman. However, she is also getting attention from the arrogant and rude sports teacher Trevor Gunn (Philip Glenister). Other staff members include Ms Baron (Frances de la Tour) as the alcoholic 'no nonsense' headteacher, Mr Martin (Daniel Rigby), a music teacher with ambitions to be a singer-songwriter, Mr Barber (Steve Speirs), a geography teacher who is having a nervous breakdown and is employed as a caretaker in the second series and Mr Hubble (James Greene), the elderly and unwell head of science. The pupils at the school are portrayed as being mainly interested in social networking, texting and partying and as being bored by the attempts of Mr Church and Miss Postern to engage with them. The most prominent of them in the first series is a streetwise pupil called Manyou, played by Joivan Wade, who is asked for advice on how to succeed with women by Mr Church.
The show was written by David Walliams (who had previously produced Little Britain), along with Dawson Bros., and directed by Tony Dow. Many scenes for the series were shot at Bishopshalt School, Hillingdon, West London. The pupils gave up their school holidays to come to the school and be extras. Other inside shots were filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. The titles were scrapped in Series 2 and were replaced by simple text at the centre of the screen.
There was negative feedback to the opening of the series, with The Daily Telegraph stating: "A bit tired, perhaps, the school thing, but surely a straightforward setting for a sitcom" before concluding "Let's just put it this way: amusing it was not. Mission aborted." MSN UK said, "Like most BBC comedies aiming to please mass audiences, there were plenty of moments that didn't work, but the writing avoided being outright terrible. A family show like this (even one inexplicably broadcast post-watershed) simply can't please everyone all the time".
Mr Church is keen to be involved with Miss Postern's school trip to France, but with no places left he needs to find a way to get on the coach. Anything is possible with a hefty bribe, but things do not go according to plan in Dieppe.
Big Red is an incredibly caring friend to practically everyone. He's sweet and always puts others before himself, perhaps too often. Throughout season one, he's a great friend to Ricky and supports him through family and relationship troubles.
On the first day of school Big Red and his Best Friend Ricky Bowen ride their skateboards to school. Ricky tells him that he is going to audition for the fall musical to try to get back together with Nini, but Big Red doesn't think it will work considering he knows Ricky doesn't even like musicals.
After finding out that Miss Jenn may be getting fired at the upcoming school board meeting, Big Red invites the Drama Club over to his house to come up with a plan to save Miss Jenn from getting fired.
After the show it is revealed that Big Red was the one who ordered a bouquet of flowers for Ashlyn. During the end credits of the season, Big Red begins to tap-dance in the gym showcasing his talents and Ashlyn sees him and kisses him.
After the drama club suspects North High School stole their Beast mask, they sneak into their school and run into the North High drama club and are challenged to a dance off. Big Red gets jealous when he notices Antoine flirting with Ashlyn. He gets even more jealous with Antoine saves Ashlyn from falling.
Big Red and EJ perform Gaston in rehearsals. During the school's career day Ashlyn believes they made a mistake on his career aptitude test so she creates a vision board to help him see the big things that he could do. Big Red believes that what he wants to do isn't good enough for Ashlyn when he knows she is going to be super famous. That night, Ashlyn apologizes to him and supports what he wants to do. After breaking up with Nini, Ricky runs to Big Red and he comforts him.
Chickenshed's production "Day 1 - Big School" was created and devised around the words and opinions of 1000 children of primary school age about what would make schools and communities safer for children from negative influences, bullying and being exploited.
The show is amazing. I told the Chickenshed staff member Michael. Those kids - all 150 of them were completely "in" the experience. I was watching them with the Form teachers. Totally engaged. And that's their best chance of learning. Their only chance. If they are hooked in. Then they learn. It's hard hitting but it needs to be. These Yr 6 kids are going to be challenged and tested by these issues of gang grooming and finding safe role models. Some of them are already having to go through it on their streets even before Secondary school starts. This kind of show and workshop will do so much good and is badly needed.
The project was highly appreciated by teachers with a strong response plus ideas around individual school needs. For instance, a school in Newham felt the casting and content would need to reflect their main demographic of high numbers of Asian students. We were able to address this through extending the existing cast to embrace wider diversity already existing within our student and membership body.
I just watched the transition video which I enjoyed very much. I thought the song at the end was particularly fun and the young people performing it were lively and positive. I thought the variety of talking heads worked well too. I wonder whether you would want to include some teachers if you did it again another time as I remember when I was going to secondary school feeling that changing from one teacher who knew you well to lots of teachers who all seemed very remote and frightening was quite intimidating!
We uploaded five episodes covering topics such as what to expect on day one, peer pressure, gang involvement and advice on different people to talk to about issues of concern. These were distributed as pilots amongst schools in Enfield and Newham. The Newham secondary school, (Little Ilford), distributed these to all their feeder primary schools. Within Enfield, the schools used them directly with year 6 pupils who had returned to the classroom environment.
To date the videos have been downloaded and viewed over 300 times through the Newham school initiative. Figures for Enfield are not available yet, but teachers indicated the films would be used extensively within the classroom both at the end of Summer term and during the Autumn term.
As long as athletic departments at large universities want to recruit the best prospects and turn a profit, and as long as they do not have to worry about paying their players in the process, games between mismatched opponents will continue and less famous teams outside of Division I will retain the opportunity to upset schools like Michigan and Oregon State University. After all, getting paid to lose is what has helped teams like Florida State become relevant, so there may even be an upside in taking one for the team.
 Playing teams that are less than mediocre allows teams to become steps away from bowl eligibility before playing a division game. Also, by paying smaller schools to come play less money than bigger named schools, universities are able to drive a bigger profit from home games. =all&_r=0.
This random assignment impact study of Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring involved 1,139 9- to 16-year-old students in 10 cities nationwide. Youth were randomly assigned to either a treatment group (receiving mentoring) or a control group (receiving no mentoring) and were followed for 1.5 school years. At the end of the first school year, relative to the control group, mentored youth performed better academically, had more positive perceptions of their own academic abilities, and were more likely to report having a "special adult" in their lives. However, they did not show improvements in classroom effort, global self-worth, relationships with parents, teachers or peers, or rates of problem behavior. Academic improvements were also not sustained into the second school year.
It's only the midway point in the season for many of the 6A, 5A and 4A schools, so don't freak out over these initial rankings. As the weeks pass on, then things start to make sense. But if there is something that really shouts out for criticism by the final week of the regular season, then have at it.
Tempe Corona del Sol would be the top seed in the 6A playoffs if they started today and would open against Phoenix Union district school Laveen Cesar Chavez. That would be a great matchup of 1 against 16 and show how wide open the tournament would be. The second spot is Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor with the third spot belonging to Peoria Centennial. That makes Friday's showdown between the two teams at O'Connor huge in a battle for the top spot in the 6A tournament. They also have to be pretty happy that they're not in the Open eight at this point. But that can change. And these are the kinds of games that can elevate a team into the Open. 2b1af7f3a8