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kernow707 posts since 18 Jan 2006
I think it was probably the case that schools in the South were more likely to insist on only BBC schools programmes being watched and schools in the North more likely to concentrate on ITV schools programmes, though of course there would have been many exceptions.

Evidence please.

I know there are (or have been) north/south divides regarding certain things, but I've never heard of a north/south divide between the BBC and ITV.

I went to school in the South, and actually only remember watching schools programmes from ITV/Channel 4 at school, and my only memory of BBC Schools programmes was from recording the overnight bitesize revision programmes at home.
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Riaz454 posts since 6 Jan 2016
In the pre National Curriculum era schools effectively cherry picked programmes according to what the teachers wanted to teach. BBC schools might have had more prestige in the minds of many teachers than ITV schools but I find it hard to believe that there were any significant regional divides with the possible exception that ITV programmes might have been a bit more popular in the ATV / Central region because they were the biggest and most prominent producer of them.
Riaz454 posts since 6 Jan 2016
This is still the case with some schools, not all have to stick to the national curriculum

Academies do not have to follow the National Curriculum but almost all of them closely follow it. If they are primary schools then they have to teach English and maths to the standard of the KS2 SATS exams as well as science and religious studies.

Therefore academies are a far cry from the 1970s and 80s schools that often did not teach science or non-Christian religions because the teachers didn't understand these subjects or think that they were important even though schools programmes existed for them at the time.