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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

This Wednesday (8th June), a one off documentary programme will look at a number of fascinating case studies regarding the emotional and physical development children experience on their journey to become adults. Secrets of Growing Up (9pm, ITV) will follow a number of children and adolescents – revealing the processes that lead to adulthood.

From the ITV Guide:

This documentary looks at the emotional and physical transformations that take place over 20 years as we take the journey from birth to adulthood. The path from helpless toddlers to wide-eyed children, and from moody teenagers into adults, is often a rocky one. This film looks at how different people have dealt with the process of growing up. Scientists have revealed that parts of the brain grow larger in girls, which helps them to understand the world much faster. By the time we become teenagers, our brains go into overdrive to develop our intelligence, but the final phase of the transition to mature adulthood can be the most challenging.

This programme, or extracts from it, would be of great use to students of human biology, developmental psychology, and even sociology – who can use the programme to assess the impact ‘nurture’ can have on development.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.

You can also access curated clips through our new learning platform .To use the platform, you just need to email your request to era@era.org.uk and we will set-up a login so that you can access the site freely.

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