And already this show seems like it’s going to cause a stir.
Viewers were quick to jump to Twitter to share their opinions.
So what did people have to say about the first episode and the experiment? Here’s a rundown of the most controversial Tweets and debates that kicked off…
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What happened in episode 1?
After 13-year-old Kiran and Lucas struggled to understand each other, it showed viewers how challenging this experiment could be.
Kiran, from a traditional Muslim background, and Lucas who identifies as bisexual and transgender, struggled to meet eye-to-eye.
And Twitter users were quick to point out the double-standards in prejudice that became apparent.
But at the end of the first episode, both Kiran and Lucas had apologised to each other and hopefully, they will continue with the experiment together.
For someone who was claiming islamophobia to then come out with 'i just don't like gay people' is shocking. If you know what it's like to feel discriminated against for being who you are, why would you then do that to somebody else?!?! #GreatBritishSchoolSwap
— Louise Needham (@LouiseNeedham22) April 16, 2019
#GreatBritishSchoolSwap is angering me already; casual racism from 13/14 year olds and homophobia. What hope do they have when they're fully functioning adults?!
— Katie (@Katie_Lewis_) April 16, 2019
Twitter reactions: positive
Many jumped at the opportunity to highlight the show’s positives; namely that the show is breaking down these children’s preconceptions and stereotypes of other cultures.
But viewers were also keen to defend education as the way forward and not to judge these children on their learned ideas, as with Kiran and Lucas.
In fact, many of the pupils were already building bridges and forming friendships.
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#GreatBritishSchoolSwap has got me thinking. You just don’t see these barriers, misconceptions, preconceptions and difference in EYFS children. They just don’t see it. So when does it kick in and how can we stop it? So much more work to be done on inclusion, equality and cohesion
— Clementine Stewart (@CStewartSHS) April 16, 2019
#GreatBritishSchoolSwap is such a good movement but it’s content makes u realise how much needs to be done in bridging the gap between our communities. The curriculum is so far from the education that is really needed in our schools
— Jessica🌻 (@jessie95x) April 16, 2019
At the end of the day #GreatBritishSchoolSwap is about 13/14 year olds learning about a community that they have never experienced/interacted it. They will make mistakes. They may cause offence. But they will learn from them, which is the whole point of the show.
— Mr Roughley (@MrJRoughley) April 16, 2019
Twitter reactions: negative
But there were also plenty of viewers who were shocked by the show.
This was not just over Kiran and Lucas, but because of some of the parents’ views featured on the show, which made clear where these kids had got their ideas from.
And also because of the way the teachers were handling the experiment.
Hopefully, this will improve as the pupils and teachers develop more of an understanding of one another.
— Demi (@Demi55470431) April 16, 2019
don’t understand why the teacher is forcing the transphobic person to talk to a trans person when they’re still continuously being transphobic and not willing to change and actually displaying bullying behaviours #GreatBritishSchoolSwap
— lauren ♡ (@Iaurenn) April 16, 2019
The parents of all these kids have completely failed them 🤦🏻♀️ How can you not teach your children about other cultures and beliefs, all going on in your own city! #GreatBritishSchoolSwap
— Lucy Elizabeth (@lucyewynn) April 16, 2019
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