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Teachers' TV launches in new year
Television studio
The channel will broadcast for 18 hours a day
Teachers are going to have their own television channel from next year.

The channel, the first of its kind in Europe, will broadcast training programmes and teaching tips.

A contract to run Teachers' TV has been awarded by the Department for Education and Skills to a consortium of broadcasters and education experts.

After a pilot scheme in February, the channel is planning to run for 18 hours a day from the new school term in September.

Teachers' TV, which will be available through digital, cable and satellite television, is to be run a consortium including Carlton Communications and the University of London's Institute of Education.

Television studio
The channel will broadcast for 18 hours a day
Editorial control

The Department for Education and Skills says that the channel will "support the whole school workforce by providing training and development, resources, and insight into good practice".

But the consortium, Education Digital, will have editorial control over the output and commissioning.

"Research shows that teachers are likely to tune into the channel during work planning and development time. Therefore it should help to cut down their workload, as well as support them in raising standards," said School Standards Minister, David Miliband.

Among the programmes which are to be screened will be "Against the Odds", in which teachers will tell how their schools overcame serious problems and crises, and a fly-on-the-wall depiction of how "gifted teachers bring the curriculum alive".

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