My New Best Friend

About the Show

About the Show

The transition from primary to secondary school is one of the most significant turning points in a child’s life; it is the moment when they have to grow up fast and start facing adulthood for the first time. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, and for the first time it’s not the parents who are really going to help the children learn the rules and survive. Just in time for the new school year, My New Best Friend observes children in extreme close up – looking at how their relationships change as they leave behind the familiar and make their way into a more adult world for the first time. With the kids themselves as our guides, this series will show what a dramatic period of change this is for all children. In a recent study at Exeter University, 82% of primary school pupils cited ‘making new friends’ as the most important part of moving to their new secondary school. How you deal with friends old and new is a big part of how well you are going to ride this time of immense change. Looking at students from three very different schools – an exclusive boarding school, a multicultural city comprehensive and a remote rural school in Scotland – this series takes a peek inside the lives of these children as they transition from primary to secondary school and their modern childhood friendships that can sometimes be as frightening as it is exciting and as brutal as it is rewarding.


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