Jamie's Dream School

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Jamie Oliver brings together some of Britain's most inspirational individuals to see if they can persuade 20 young people to give education a second chance

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Jamie Oliver brings together some of Britain's most inspirational individuals to see if they can persuade 20 young people to give education a second chance

Series 1 Summary

Jamie Oliver left school at 16 with just two GCSEs. Now he wants to do help disaffected children who had the same experience as he did.

So he's bringing together some of Britain's most inspirational and expert individuals - including Professor Robert Winston, David Starkey, Alastair Campbell, Simon Callow, Jazzie B, Rolf Harris and Daley Thompson - to try to persuade 20 young people, with just a handful of qualifications between them, to give education a second chance.

  • Jamie's Dream School: Robert Winston

    Episode 1

    David Starkey hopes to inspire the class with some seventh-century 'bling' from the Staffordshire Hoard. He also plans to take a firm hand with bad behaviour, but this plan goes awry when he and a student trade insults.

    Professor Robert Winston, a doctor and founding father of IVF, has the kids dissecting rats and a pig. Meanwhile Rolf Harris, one of our best-loved artists, demonstrates how to paint like an impressionist and makes an instant impression on a student who loves using a spray can.

  • Episode 2

    Jamie tries to address discipline, banning mobile phones in class. New teacher Alastair Campbell thinks he can get 20 uninterested kids excited about politics by showing how they can change the world.

  • Episode 3

    Jamie wants to see if a classical education, taught by some of the most brilliant people, can reach today's disillusioned children, so he enlists the help of a Latin scholar from Cambridge.

  • Episode 4

    Top Cambridge Latin scholar Professor Mary Beard attempts to excite the kids with a subject few state school kids do any more, using David Beckham's tattoos as an unusual Latin primer

  • Episode 5

    Robert Winston has a hands-on lesson he's sure will get the kids interested in science: he wants two boys to supply a sperm sample for a fertility lesson. And he sets up Dream School's own A&E.

  • Episode 6

    Jamie enlists formidable dinner lady Nora Sands' help in the Dream School, explorer David Hempleman-Adams leads the pupils up Snowdon, and Cherie Blair brings a reformed killer into class.

  • Episode 7

    It's the last few days of term and Alastair Campbell takes the Dream School pupils to Downing Street, so they can put their points about education to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Jamie's Dream School synopsis

Jamie Oliver brings together some of Britain's most inspirational individuals to see if they can persuade 20 young people to give education a second chance

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