Childhood trauma and its consequences
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:06 pm 
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For those who have access to BBC 1, a new drama series on Summerhill starts 21st of January (source BBC.co.uk)

Summerhill Ep 1/4
Monday 21 January
6.00-6.30pm CBBC

Summerhill is a powerful true story and emotional drama for the whole family from BBC Children's Drama. Written by Alison Hume, it is a tale of personal transformation set against one school's battle for survival against Ofsted in 1999.

Founded in 1921 by world-renowned educator AS Neill, on the principles of self-regulation, this unique Suffolk-based boarding school runs as a self-governing democratic community. Pupils (aged five to 16), teachers, live-in
house-parents and principal Zoë Redhead (Neill's daughter) all possess one equal vote which they use during their
thrice-weekly school meetings to decide on all matters pertaining to the running of the school.

The children police themselves, dealing with infractions of their multitudinous self-imposed laws with compassion and wisdom. The only rule they cannot change is the prime principle upon which AS Neill founded the school – that no child should be compelled to attend any lesson that they do not choose freely by themselves.

In episode one of this four-part series, 11-year-old Maddie is sent to Summerhill after collapsing from exam stress. When she arrives, she can't believe it is true – a school where you don't have to go to lessons, where you're encouraged to play, where you make all the rules yourself and where climbing trees and building boats are definitely part of the curriculum.

When 14-year-old Ryan is sent there after no other school can contain his disruptive behaviour, he thinks he has gone to Heaven. Summerhill changes both Maddie and Ryan in ways they would never expect.

Maddie is played by Holly Bodimeade and Ryan by Elliot-Otis Brown Walters.

Summerhill can also be seen on BBC One on Wednesday
23 January at 4.30pm. A film version of the series is also due to be shown on BBC Four. Episode two can be seen on Tuesday 22 January and Thursday 24 January.

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"No one is wise enough or good enough to mould the character of any child. What is wrong with our sick, neurotic world is that we have been moulded, and an adult generation that has seen two great wars and seems about to launch a third should not be trusted to mould the character of a rat" -- A.S. Neill

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