This programme consists of an edited Outside Broadcast recording of the School Broadcasting Council Meeting in November 1975. The whole meeting wa.s recorded and the final programme draws on two m...ajor elements in the discussions: (1) A discussion of the Modern Language Panel recommendations for BBC Schools Radio andTelevision. (2) The post-mortem discussion on the "Scene" play, "Break-In". The programme shows the decision-making process within the SBC - the relationship between producers, education officers, and the part-time members of the SEC programme committees drawn from the teaching profession throughout the UK. Bob Bell, Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies, examines how the BBC acts as a major national resource centre for the 35,000 schools in the UK. The programme is supported by a substantial print package, including extracts from interviews by Bob Bell with four leading members of the Programme Committee.
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|E203, Curriculum design and development
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|"Break-In"; Education officers; Modern Language Panel; National resource centre; November 1975; Producers; School Broadcasting Council Meeting
|Bob Bell explains the purposes of the School Broadcasting Council over film of the Council Programme Committee III preparing for a meeting in November 1975. The chairman is seen opening the meeting. In voice-over Bell introduces the first subject for discussion by the committee: the annual proposals for BBC Schools TV and Radio of the Modern Languages Panel. A BBC producer explains the aims of the BBC's German series for schools. The BBC's treatment of German as of less importance than French is criticised in some detail. They discuss the need for equal treatment of French, German and Spanish in the future. The discussion concentrates on the position of Spanish and other minority languages, and the need for TV and Radio material on these languages. BBC policy is largely vindicated, but the dangers of economic cuts at the BBC are noted. The BBC's Russian series is supported. Programme Committee III has to adjudicate on on existing programmes as well as to plan for the future. The committee views the 'Scene' play Break-In, a controversial treatment of vandalism at school. The remainder of the programme consists of the committee's discussion that follows the viewing. Opinions vary greatly, from enthusiastic support to hostility. BBC producers explain the object of this kind of programme, and the committee considers whether it fulfuls the aims of the School Broadcasting Council.
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