It is one of those where there are multiple cues all over
1) The discussion about Jamiah's choices and how they are "supposedly" constrained by postcodes and gangs B21 Vs B19, plus the mindset of his mom. Needs to tune in so badly, but she just can't see her own impact on her sons future.
2) The abject despondency of the Sutton Coldfield mom, where her son ends up with the actually rather good choice of Plantsbrook comp, but that's seen as a failure. The discussion in the bistro in Sutton park where they all say they are not bothered where there sons go, and then simultaneously hammer College High (no shocks but they are all in catchment for Fairfax and Arthur Terry), apart from her son. Too close to Erdington.
3) Jamaih's aspiration to get college high, but he get edmund campion, because his mom is trapped by no options and a pretty negative attitude. I think he ends up at college high, or renamed NB academy.
4) The DIY tutoring relationship between Sophia and her parents, particularly her dad. The primacy of reading in their household. I actually thought she was at private school, but looks like it was a good state primary in Hall Green. Are you shocked she ends up at Camp Hill, nah not really.
5) The white kid in Saltley who is the only white kid in his school. More importantly the level of language of of him and his peers. IMHO he would had no chance at 11+ PP or not.
If this documentary is not a clear indication of how unfair the education system is and the 11+ in particular. I do not know what is.
6) The wonderfully quirky and individual mixed race lad all in his own world, that ends up at Archbishop Grimshaw. What a brilliant tuned in Mom.
7) Julie from the council......mmmmh! Do I want to press this button to do the allocations...yes I do, oh shut up Julie and just press the flipping button.
8.) The eternally positive Pakistani / Bangladeshi father, working his socks of for his sons future. So pleasing to see him get a place at Handsworth, "If you cannot fly a plane in time of war, when are you going to fly"....brilliant way to describe the 11+ challenge
9) The Smug lot from Edgbaston whose son gets into Camp Hill Boys, just personal, but when the dad starts carping on about him being in the top 120 boys in Birmingham and the mom says if King Edwards doesn't happen then we will pay, made me cringe.
They did the first term at Yr 7, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ7rWq3zvd0
school follow up.
In the dump comp, the on site copper playing with his snake?? What! Depressing.
Everywhere else are you surprised, nope
It's raw viewing, but brutally honest. You cannot help but empathise with nearly all of them, but gosh what an abject system it is.