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Season 1 Episode 6

The Head Teacher

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 1999 on BBC Two
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Roy is at school, King Edward VII Comprehensive in Kent. In a day where he discovers that the position of Head of Humanities seems dependant on a keen knowledge of the rules of volleyball, he also very nearly discovers the difference between pupil-centred teaching and teacher-centred learning.moreless

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      • At the end of one of the conversations with the Phys. Ed. teacher, after he tells the students that they can stop holding their breaths, it can be seen that one of them has passed out during the teacher's conversation with Roy.

      • Mallard misspelling: They call Mallard "G. Reg Nissan" and then "Greg Nissan" when he tries to correct them the first time. He had written down the make of his car in the guestbook and they thought that was his name.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • (Discussing Mrs. Pope's son)
        Mrs. Pope: But then he is only one of 1200 children.
        Headteacher: Good grief! I didn't know that.
        Mrs. Pope: Here in your school I mean.
        Headteacher: Oh, I see, yes. Good point.

      • (Janitor is moving chairs from one stack to the other)
        Janitor: People don't think about this, see? They don't realize.

      • Roy Mallard: The job of a headmaster carries with it an undeniably heavy weight of responsibility, but very little of the glamour, status or financial reward, that so often goes with senior positions in other walks of life such as fashion designing, film stunt-work or arms dealing.

      • Roy Mallard: What was it that convinced you that she was the right woman for the job ahead of both Jane and David?
        Stuart Simmons: Well first I'll just correct you, David's not a woman but more than that I think the general feeling was she had very clear and interesting ideas about where she was going, what she wanted to achieve.
        Roy Mallard: Right.
        Stuart Simmons: Whereas both Janice and David at different points broke down in tears.

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