School's Not for Me


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School's Not for Me

Over the course of a year, cameras follow the education of some pupils who do not fit into school life.


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CHATTERING AND SHOUTING

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What the fuck is this, then?

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Michael, language!

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Argh!

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Argh, Susan!

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Don't, now. I mean it.

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INDISTINCT SHOUTING

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Guys!

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One centre is a GrEW organisation

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which offers places to kids like me

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who have been excluded from school

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or who have opted out of normal lessons.

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The film crew are going to be here for a year.

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Ah, remember when you threw that apple at that teacher?

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I don't remember it, but he said,

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"Oh, yeah, you threw an apple at the teacher," and all that.

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The only part I remember is, like, being naughty

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and setting the fire alarm off

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cos they wanted me in for food in the hall.

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Yeah, I want to get a good education,

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but I can't be arsed.

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Too much effort. Yeah, it is.

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That's me on the left. My name's Liam.

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I come to this centre in Caerphilly every day.

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I'm on the first floor of this building.

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I don't go to school any more.

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It's part of an organisation called GrEW Wales

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which run centres like this for kids like me

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who have been excluded from classrooms.

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My school pays for my placement here.

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Don't copy her word for word.

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Read through it to help you understand.

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'I knew that they were going to be challenging kids,

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'cos I dealt with some of them during the summer,

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'but it was an eye-opener the first time I came.'

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No, stop it. Stop it. Ah, ah, ah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Pffrt.

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No, they're doing work now, so don't wind them up, please.

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That's for fish.

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Filleting is like, get in and removing the bones.

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'Sometimes it can feel like it's a babysitting service.'

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'It might not look like it, but we do get some qualifications.'

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'It can be really rewarding job, but hard.'

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Susan!

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Argh!

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'I've broken down the lessons to a half hour.'

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Just to get them to sit down for a half hour,

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just to write a little bit, is quite difficult.

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This is the boss of our centre.

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She's Levi, and I think she's 25.

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Behavioural children want attention.

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They will do anything so you're focusing on them.

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Social and emotional children I find are vulnerable.

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They like to keep themselves to themselves.

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They won't really approach you

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unless they desperately need something.

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But the behavioural kids will be in your face.

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I fit into this category.

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The good thing is, with the job, it's never a dull day.

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Two days are never the same, and that's what I enjoy about the job.

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Although it can be difficult,

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it's a challenge,

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and sometimes you think to yourself, "What am I doing here?"

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INDISTINCT CHATTING

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Ryan's an assistant tutor here who was excluded from school himself

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and attended a centre like this, so he has some idea of how we feel.

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Maybe at home they can't be the child that they want to be,

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so they come here and that's their time to let off the steam.

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Now, I know that's not what we're here for,

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but we've got to look at backgrounds

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and look at things from their perspective.

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Oh, don't break that. Oh, you cock, like.

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What the fuck? We all wanted to do something with that.

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All of us, and then you just fucking...

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I've been coming here for two years,

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and as I'm 16, I finish here this summer.

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Liam, he has ADHD.

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He finds it difficult to sit down for long periods of time.

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There you go. Thank you, Liam.

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I'm trying to train, I am, right now. Cos I'm, like, skinny.

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I'm trying to train and get fit so I can go into the Army.

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He does try his best, love him.

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He does try, and he does explain why he's feeling like this

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or why he feels angry one minute, why he feels happy the next minute.

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But then I get more angry at you and I start to swing a punch at you and...

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Cos he sees his dad as being hard, he sees him as a role model.

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The camera's, like, right on you.

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It's different from school. The girls can do beauty here.

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Just file them a little, you can do the rest.

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I'm just helping you out a bit.

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This is Susan. Her school sends her here three days a week.

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Talk to your client, Susan.

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How are you, Shanice? You all right?

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Yeah. You sure?

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'I started struggling in year eight, I think it was.'

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I used to have really bad attitudes.

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Didn't want to go to lessons,

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didn't want to do anything.

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It's not very professional.

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'Sue can be quite hot-headed at times.

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'She speaks before she thinks'

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and can come across quite aggressive to people that don't know her,

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but underneath she is a really lovely girl.

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'I've got a really bad temper.'

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Teacher tells me to do something,

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but I won't do it until, like, five minutes later,

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and I keep on, like...

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having attitude, and then I end up kicked out.

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Oh, you don't have to file these down, do you? Well, it depends.

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Are you going to have a colour over it?

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She is really capable. She's quite good with all things

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with beauty treatments,

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and she doesn't have to be supervised constantly

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cos she does know what she's doing.

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Shanice travels 10 miles each way to the centre.

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I got kicked out of school and now I come here five days a week

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to do theatrical make-up and English and maths.

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School wasn't for me. It was boring.

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Shanice and her friend Annabell were sent to the centre

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by their school at the same time.

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They've only been here for a little while.

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'Misbehaved, like, nearly every lesson.'

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We weren't allowed to smoke in school and that,

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and we were smoking. Us two got kicked out.

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We were a danger to all the year sevens and all this.

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We wasn't a danger. We just weren't setting the right example.

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Can't be a danger to little kids by running round school.

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CHATTERING Oi-oi!

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Today we're taking the students boxing

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up in Merthyr,

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to burn off some energy that they've been building up over the weekend.

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And as you can tell,

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they're very boisterous at the moment, and excited.

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Doo-ba-doo-ba-doo-ba!

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You took the wrong exit!

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No, we go the A470 way.

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Michael!

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Speak to it. No, I'm driving, Michael.

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Michael, it's dangerous what you're doing.

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I will do a U-turn

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if any of you have got your belts off,

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and I mean it.

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Put your belts on now.

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Look.

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You've been in the first aid box.

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Even though the students were very boisterous in the minibus,

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you could tell that they were very excited.

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But to see them, actually, all six students,

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give it a go, have a try, put the gloves on...

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You could also see that they encouraged one another

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and they worked as a team and they were supporting one another

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when they were in the ring.

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Liam, he was very eager.

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SHE LAUGHS

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I get confused, like, two, four, two!

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He wanted to get straight into the ring with a trainer,

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but we had to tell him first of all he has to warm up.

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Myself as a youngster, I didn't do too well at school.

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Boxing was a way of life for me,

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and I'll try and pass on the knowledge that I got.

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Keep them focused in life,

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give them something to aim for.

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Yeah, one more. There we go.

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Me and Annabell are going to go in the ring together.

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I honestly believe that it helped calm them down

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and it got all their energy and frustration out.

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That's it, protect yourself, Michael. Move around!

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You could see that Michael was really trying,

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putting all his effort into it.

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After the two minutes were up,

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he was sick.

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Their behaviour was excellent,

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and I am very, very, very proud of them.

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It's not always a good day for the staff.

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Everything was going fine.

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We had a very good morning,

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the students did their work when asked.

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We took them out for them to play football, do a bit of teamwork.

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That went really well.

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So we decided to take them to Morrisons

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to go and have ice cream.

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They were fine on the bus until Shanice and Annabell

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started shouting out the windows.

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Go on! Go on!

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'Being very abusive to passers-by.'

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You! Start raving!

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Annabell! Annabell, done.

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Ryan and I warned them a few times.

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Do not shout at people, please.

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THEY KEEP SHOUTING The police, guys. Guys! Guys!

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They saw a police car go past,

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and they were abusing them, shouting "pigs" through the window.

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Fuck the pigs. Fuck the 5-0.

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Fuck the 5-0.

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So I thought the best option was to take them

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straight back to the centre, because if they're like that

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in the van, what are they going to be like in the shop?

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I just could not risk that.

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They pure shit themselves.

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Hiya!

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Whooo!

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Start raving with your...

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Annabell, you know you're on your last legs. Don't.

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I'm turning this van around.

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'And that's when the students started to kick off.'

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Liam was punching the chair and swearing.

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BANGING Fucking shit.

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'Not one of these children scare me.

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'I think it's because I play rugby.'

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Fuck off. Liam, I mean it. Watch your behaviour.

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'From the day I started here,

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'I was not going to let any students make me feel threatened.'

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Do you think it's clever to abuse people out the window?

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Ah, my leg. One last chance.

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Look at her, she's going on a rave.

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Ryan! Are we having chicken curry?

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My legs have gone all week.

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Are we having chicken curry? Why?

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HE SHOUTS

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You told me yesterday that's what we were having.

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'When we got out of the van then,'

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the students thought it'd be OK then to pick up the cones

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that another company uses and were shouting through the cones.

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THEY SHOUT AND WHOOP

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Get in there now. Why?

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'It's been a difficult outing, but it's not over yet.'

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You OK, Ry?

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Oh, my God, Annabell and Shanice are going off site.

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Annabell and Shanice are going off site. Have a look.

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'We're not allowed to leave the premises during school hours.'

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Yeah, but you know you'll get yourself into more trouble by going.

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'Ryan went to get them back.'

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'Annabell's already on her final warning because of her behaviour.

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'This could mean big trouble for her.'

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'We've tried a lot with Annabell.'

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We've given her chance after chance,

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but there are times where I think

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she feels that she can rule the roost.

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If Annabell was to leave, yeah, I would be disappointed,

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because I know that she is capable of going far in life.

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Annabell, is this your last day?

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SHE LAUGHS

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We don't like to just push them out the door.

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That's not what we're here for.

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We signed up to the job knowing that we were going

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to be working with behavioural students.

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They came up the other day, the teachers from our school,

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and they were like, "Annabell, if you get kicked out

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"you're not coming back to school," and stuff like that.

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I don't think she realised that it was her last chance.

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Although I explained to her, I don't know if she realised that

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there was going to be consequences this time to her actions.

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Hey, try.

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Watching but not joining in is Courtney.

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It's her second day here.

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She was bullied in school and got into fights.

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Since, like, year seven, I got picked on.

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Being called fat and, like, lesbian

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and four eyes and granny and stuff,

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cos I had a hearing aid.

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And it was hard to hear certain stuff in class,

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cos I'd be sitting at the back

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because I didn't want to sit at the front,

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cos that's where people would throw stuff at you.

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The school thinks that I'm not smart enough

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to get qualifications and GCSEs,

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and they push more towards people with higher grades

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so that the school has, like, a good reputation.

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I want to go to college to do drama,

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so I can be a drama teacher,

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but I can't do it if I'm here.

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Levi is writing a report on Annabell's behaviour.

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Her school will decide her future here.

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I know I can get through to these children.

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It is difficult, and it can be draining,

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but when you have a good day with them, sitting down,

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doing a bit of work,

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that is a sense of achievement, in my eyes.

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Annabell was excluded from the centre

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and her school refused to have her back.

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Since then she has been taught by a community tutor.

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Levi's days at the centre were also numbered.

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The end of the summer term brought some bad news.

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Changes at GrEW meant that centres across South Wales

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would have to close.

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In June 2015,

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due to falling student numbers,

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Caerphilly centre closed.

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It was tough, because I spent a year

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building up a relationship with my students,

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to be told then that

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I won't be going back to that centre.

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It's quite hard. That was quite hard to take.

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Levi is still teaching,

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but in another school-based project with younger children.

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When the Caerphilly centre closed,

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all the students left, like Courtney and Susan, came here,

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in the headquarters of the organisation

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that is near Pontypridd.

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At the beginning of last academic year,

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we had four centres open.

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This September we will start with one super-centre in Gelli-Hirion.

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So Caerphilly,

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Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend centre have now all closed.

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We simply couldn't afford to keep all the centres open.

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It's the same story throughout secondary schools,

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is they simply haven't got the funding or the money

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to be able to pay for a provision like ours,

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even though there is a demand for it.

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Over the summer,

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staff worked flat out to create the super-centre

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ready for the new term.

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Ryan from Caerphilly is running the kitchen.

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It's an exciting day today,

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because we have our new students

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coming down from Bridgend.

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Right, stop spraying her.

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They've come here for a look at the new facilities

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and to meet fellow students.

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Suzanne, a student from Caerphilly centre,

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has chosen one of the catering qualifications.

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Along with catering, hygiene and social development qualifications,

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a number of practical construction courses are on offer.

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There is also a theatrical make-up course.

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Courtney, who'd come across from Caerphilly, has sat her exams

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and now has the equivalent of two GCSEs.

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Literature, English, I had a C,

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and on my maths, I had an F, something like that,

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but I'm going to redo it and then I've got my maths tutor,

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so I can get a better score, because I want to work with kids,

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so I wouldn't be able to get the opportunity to work with them.

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Shanice, Leanne and Chloe left because they were older than me,

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so I was like, I was on my own, and then I made friends.

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I'd be happy to speak to anyone, like,

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when the people come for food,

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I'd be more than happy to ask what them they want

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and have a conversation with them, whereas before I wouldn't.

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I'd let other people do it but now I'm more upfront

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and I'll say stuff and if I want to say something, I'll say it,

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so I'm more open, coming out of my shell more, like.

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I hated school. I didn't like it, I didn't like going,

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because it was just another day of, like, other people and noise

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and I couldn't really get on, but here, I prefer it.

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I'm a lot happier and I'm glad I'm here instead of in school.

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One of the new students is 15-year-old Tiegan.

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Tiegan is in with Mr Brooks, doing her maths.

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This is the first time she's gone into maths

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and she's doing really well.

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Really proud.

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So she's missed Year 10 entirely.

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She's come back to us now after a year of being off school.

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Sorry to interrupt. OK?

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How are you doing, Teeg? Doing really well. I've done maths

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and that. Well done.

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How do you feel? Good. Yeah?

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Did you enjoy it? Yeah.

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I like him, he's sound. Good.

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I didn't realise how nice that man was. He's lovely, isn't he?

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I didn't give him a chance, did I? No. But you have now, haven't you?

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But not even in primary school,

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I never gave anyone a chance like that. That's a big step for me.

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This is the most work I've done in ages in maths. Yeah, I know.

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The most work I've done in my life, probably, in maths.

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Still don't get it, though.

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But I want to go back to school.

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Yeah, I know.

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And I will go back, trust me.

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Have you noticed the school hasn't even bothered to ring me

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to see how I'm going? Or nothing.

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They would have rang you by now, trust me. They don't care.

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We'll keep trying.

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I'm holding on to something that's not going to happen.

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The only thing I want to do is

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have the feeling of being back into the school. Yeah.

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Even if it's just once a week, once every two weeks.

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That's how much I want it.

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I never wanted to leave.

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You need a red pen now for the crosses.

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Well, let's see if you'll get any crosses first, Missus! Eh?

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24 out of 24.

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Yes.

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Wonderful job.

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Stephen is hired to teach maths here twice a week.

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Some of them are very bright, very intelligent children.

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Others, then, have missed quite a lot of school throughout the years,

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they may have been excluded more than once,

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they've missed a lot of school,

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so they haven't really learnt a great deal of maths at all,

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so we've got a vast difference in ability.

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You can try and draw a cube to look like a cube in 3D.

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So what we find is the most effective

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is if you are on a one-to-one

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but obviously we can't do that with limited resources.

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Right, you don't need your phone in maths, dear. Court, come on.

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We had an incident this morning

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where one of the girls was very reluctant to come into the class.

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No, I'm not going in there, they still have my phone. Where is it?

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Nathan's got it. I'll arrange for Nathan to bring your phone.

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At this moment in time...

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'Normally she's quite keen to do maths

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'but this morning somebody had spilled a drink over her

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'and that seemed to upset her no end'

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and she had to be persuaded to come in by a member of staff.

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Quadrilaterals - any idea what that means?

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No?

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Is it another way of drawing

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a four-sided shape that's not a rectangle or a square?

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What are we drawing? We call that...

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'Some of the kids give the impression to me that'

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they want to do well at school,

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but there's so many social problems and so on that, for one thing

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and another, they haven't really had the greatest of opportunities,

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but some of them do actually really want to learn.

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'Once she was in, she was absolutely fine. She got on with her work.'

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She was asking questions. She was taking part in the lesson

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and everything was really good,

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but it's an example of how easily distracted some of these people are.

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The slightest thing which happened

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and that can divert their attention from the work.

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All right?

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What are you doing?

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OK, then, you can...

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Do I look sexy in this? Oh, I don't know about that.

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I don't want to make those kind of comments.

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I like English. I don't like maths.

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I find maths really frustrating and it's hard

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and I just don't enjoy maths, but I'll do it if I have to.

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One of the issues at the centre is that a number of students smoke.

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I don't, for one.

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We don't want them to smoke, obviously, because

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it's not good for them, but if we tell them -

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you can't smoke - they will just run off or go somewhere and hide,

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they'll find places, they'll run away from you, so the best way to do

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it is to control it, so if they want a cigarette, we go out with them.

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The day starts off with a piece of toast and a glass of pop.

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Ryan is no longer running the kitchen,

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as he left a few weeks ago.

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I'm not doing it.

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Come on then, guys. Let's go, please.

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Thank you. I'm wearing this, right?

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It's really important if we can... Obviously, you know...

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That they're here to do their courses,

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so you've got to keep them as calm as you can.

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But if you get one that's in a mood or not playing ball,

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or doesn't want to do their work, then it disrupts everybody else.

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So you've got to try and calm one down,

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then you have to calm the rest down and try and...

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"Come on now. We're doing our work." You know.

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They were a bit disruptive today.

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Tiegan was taking selfies, I was asking her not to.

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Then she went out.

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What are you doing? She's fucking... Can you stop swearing?

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'With Nathan, because I sent

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'Nathan out cos he was just backchatting, being cheeky.'

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Go on then.

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Aw! Calm down, please.

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I was kicked out of school because my behaviour wasn't acceptable

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and the help they were giving me weren't enough for me

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and I wasn't mature enough to be in mainstream at that time.

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Just everything was too hard for me

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and I was just misbehaving to get attention for them to know

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that I was struggling, instead of telling them

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because I didn't want to be embarrassed.

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I felt um... I felt let down.

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Useless and just disappointment to my family, really.

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Tiegan's upset because she's desperate to go back to school.

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She's pleading with the staff to help her.

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Yeah, I will get there.

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Yeah, but to the school, like Vicky said...

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I see my sister going to the school. It's horrible, like.

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I have to learn the song.

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If I wasn't such a failure, I'd be there as well.

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Stop now. You're going down that road again. I'm... Just stop now!

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Right?

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Stop thinking negative, stop putting yourself down.

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I'd do anything to go back in to mainstream school. Anything.

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Over the next few weeks, Tiegan's behaviour goes downhill and she gets

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involved with a serious incident involving a fire extinguisher.

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When people are doing stuff, I think, "Oh, I'll do that.

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"Looks fun." But then, it's not. The consequences ain't fun.

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It's just not fun, it's stupid really.

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I...I go...

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'one of the boys done it, then I ring all the fire thing out off him

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'and threw it, but they seen it on CCTV camera,'

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but I don't know what they're doing now about it.

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Trying to exclude me when I didn't do it. Oh, well.

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'I don't blame 'em if they exclude us all, to be honest.'

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The fire extinguisher incident was turning point.

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The group manager decided that the behaviour of some students

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was a danger not to only the students,

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but also to the people working in the building.

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As a result, a number of students were told

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they could no longer attend the centre.

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There are now only nine students on the books...

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..and one full-time member of staff.

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Tiegan is barely holding on.

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Oh, I love this song, guys.

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Are you going to take your feet off the chair?

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Oh, but I'm starving!

0:28:100:28:11

You are always starving, missus.

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Gemma is now managing the class alone.

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Tiegan's behaviour is excellent as she's knuckling down to some work.

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Done.

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Well done, Tiegan.

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SOUND EFFECTS ON PHONE

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Please stand up out of my chair.

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Oh, Miss, I can't be bothered.

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No, come on.

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Come on, 15 minutes, that's all we need to do.

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Susan attends three days a week,

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but finds it difficult to sit down and work.

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I'm not reading.

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And a pen, please.

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Courtney is much more confident.

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She's a different person now and hopes to get her qualifications.

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ALARM RINGS

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'Six months ago, I had an ambition.

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'I was gutted.

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'I wanted to go into the Army, I did.'

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I, er... I went...

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I started doing fitness training

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because I really wanted to go into it, cos you have to pass,

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they put you through a test they do to see what you're like

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and you have to pass it and they practically said to me,

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which is quite upsetting, that, er...

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I wasn't allowed in the army because I've got ADHD

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and that I needed to be off my medication for at least four years

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before I could go into the army.

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'Now that my dreams of joining the army were shattered,

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'I moved on and applied for college.

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'I passed, I did, the interview,

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'so now I'm succeeding my way through plumbing'

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because I'm doing multi-skilling - I'm doing plumbing,

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brickwork, carpentry and painting and decorating, I am.

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'I now live with my father, my stepmother and my sisters.'

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INDISTINCT TALK, CHILD BABBLES

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Stop being naughty.

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'School wasn't for me,

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'but being taught at Grew, I had an opportunity.

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'I was there for two years, but now I'm in college.

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'I think I miss Ryan out of all of it because I know I argued with him

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'a lot, but I actually looked up to him

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'because he was, like, tidy to me all the time.'

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But with the changes that have happened,

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there are only nine students attending the centre now.

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They tell me money and education is tight,

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so what's the future for kids like me?

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Who will have us?

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Showing as part of How Wales Works. Some children just don't fit into school life - so where do they go to learn? This programme follows a year in the lives of pupils for whom school is definitely not for them.