It's an average morning for 13-year-old Loretta Cook. Like thousands of kids, Loretta's a problem at school. Two thousand are sent home every day and 6000 are 1)expelled each year. Classroom behavior is at an all-time low.
Teacher: Loretta's on a downhill 2)spiral at the moment: lack of homework, lack of respect,3)punctuality to lessons, just a general attitude.
Now 4)at their wit's end, Loretta's mom and her teachers will attempt something that's never been tried before. They plan to transform Loretta at home.
Miss Dudley: (To Loretta) We've decided that I'm going to come and stay with you for the week.
Miss Dudley's first challenge will be how to get Loretta to start doing homework.
Loretta: I didn't actually do anything. I knew it when I'm on the start. I was 5)flicking through the books and then I just got really bored.
It's six o'clock and Miss Dudley's first dinner time with the family. After dinner, Miss Dudley is interested in who does what about the house.
Miss Dudley: What happens now? Do the girls just…?
Mother: I usually get the washing up done. Very rarely do the children do anything. Not one of them would wash up unless I asked them to, and then I probably wouldn't get it done properly anyway. If I force the issue, it will be a full-scale 6)hysterical7)outburst.
Miss Dudley: In the classroom we have rules that the kids have to stick to and stuff that they absolutely have to do. It's just a basic expectation of what we'll expect them to behave like. What she needs to know is that you're the one that's in charge.
Eight AM and the family just make it out the door on time, but when they arrive there's a problem.
Miss Dudley: Loretta doesn't want to get out the car right in front of school, so she's asking Mom to drive to the corner of the car park.