The programmes do not show the reality of school life, focusing on the "sensational" rather than a balanced picture of state education, according to Sir Michael Wilshaw.
A number of school-based shows and documentaries have been aired on UK TV in recent years, including Channel 4's "Educating..." series, which has focused on secondaries in Essex, Yorkshire, Cardiff and east London and the BBC's Tough Young Teachers, which followed a group of newly-qualified teachers. A number of pupils and teachers have become well-known after featuring in these programmes.
In his speech to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham, Sir Michael took aim at such reality shows, as he said that recruitment problems in England's schools are in part fuelled by negative public perceptions of teaching. Read more