The BEST Episodes of Bad Education
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 25, 2020
Network: BBC Three
Bad Education, written by and starring Jack Whitehall, follows Alfie, the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system, and a bigger kid than his students. Despite his obvious shortcomings, Alfie's position at the school is stable thanks to Fraser, the school's headmaster, who tragically longs to be as cool as Alfie. He's the teacher who just wants to be everyone's 'best mate' and is prone to massive and very public mishaps. There's also Miss Gulliver, the school biology teacher and the apple of Alfie's eye. She cares deeply about the school and the students. Deputy headmistress Pickwell is less easy-going. She is an 'old school' teacher and can't stand her younger colleagues. She's a disciplinarian who wants Creationism put back on the syllabus and would prefer a school without children at all!
#1 - Prom
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 21, 2014
With exams over it's careers advice day for Form K, but it is Alfie who makes the biggest decision of all when he realises he can't go on teaching without his beloved class and quits Abbey Grove. Fraser is devastated to lose his best friend and takes the news badly. Alfie reveals he has landed himself a job at the Playstation factory and cannot be tempted back despite Gulliver and his class begging him to return. But will the truth about Alfie's new job be exposed and will they manage to convince him to return to Abbey Grove? And who will be crowned prom king and queen?
#2 - Drugs
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 1, 2013
Headmaster Mr Fraser has organised a special guest speaker for Drugs Awareness Day, much to Miss Gulliver's annoyance. Alfie's class is alarmed by the news that Stephen's parents want him to leave Abbey Grove. Can Alfie persuade Stephen's parents to let him stay or will his attraction to drugs councillor India threaten to jeopardise everything?
#3 - Politics
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 18, 2012
The Abbey Grove school election is underway and each class must put forward a candidate. Gulliver's candidate is school brainbox David Millbank. When Gulliver implies Alfie's class are all 'unelectable', he decides to make it his mission to prove her wrong. Meanwhile Fraser is suspended due to an unfortunate incident involving a very provocative internet viral, which means Pickwell has firmly got her sights on trying to get the job for herself.
#4 - Strike
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 2014
It's summer term and Alfie Wickers is back in high spirits to get his class through their exams. But there is a shock for Alfie with the revelation that his dad Martin Wickers has been appointed as the new deputy head whose first jobs are to increase class sizes and fire a member of staff after Fraser has badly invested the school's money in his own clothing range, Dolce and GaBanter. For Alfie this means a new class member, Cleopatra, and a tough decision to make - stand by his girlfriend, Miss Gulliver when she leads the teachers on strike, or sacrifice himself to save his class from failing their exams.
#5 - The American
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 10, 2013
Alfie is shocked by the arrival of a new teacher at Abbey Grove, Mr Schwimer and even more shocked to learn that he will be taking over Alfie’s own class. Desperately upset that his class seem to be having a great time and actually learning proper, real life GCSE history with their new teacher, Alfie is even more unhappy when he finds out which class Miss Pickwell has given him instead. With Headmaster Fraser and Miss Gulliver both increasingly charmed by Mr Schwimer it is left to Alfie and Jing to uncover the truth behind this American imposter
#6 - Sports Day
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 2014
It's Abbey Grove's sports day and Fraser has hired the most inappropriate new sports teacher to oversee events - Preet. Alfie sees this as the perfect opportunity to challenge Miss Gulliver's ex-boyfriend to an endurance event, which Preet offers to design. But with a steroid scandal rocking the school and Alfie desperate to win by any means possible, will he make it over the finish line with his dignity intact?
#7 - The Exam
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 2014
Fraser discovers that Alfie never passed his biology GCSE, so Alfie must go back to school himself to be taught by Gulliver and sit the exam with his own class. It should be the perfect opportunity to prove to Gulliver that he can motivate his class and lead by example, but Alfie decides there is only one real option: cheating. But, with the revelation that the notorious ball-breaking invigilator Mr Hewston will be overseeing the exam, it becomes clear that this is going to be a battle of wits. Meanwhile Martin Wickers is babysitting his girlfriend's dog and Fraser is organising the end-of-exam skip party.
#8 - Swimming Gala
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 3, 2013
Abbey Grove's new term kicks off with the annual swimming gala and headmaster Mr Fraser decides to pay homage to the fact the UK recently hosted the greatest show on earth, Splash, by ending it with their very own synchronised diving competition. Alfie and his class don't usually take part in the gala, but lured by a cash bet with deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell he decides to bribe them with a group trip to a restaurant and enter the event. The first day back is also a chance for Alfie to catch up with his girlfriend Miss Gulliver, but he's shocked to find out that he isn't in a relationship with her at all, and even more shocked to find out who she is actually dating.
#9 - Funeral
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 17, 2013
Abbey Grove is rocked by the news that deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell is dead and Alfie is left particularly on edge when her suicide note clearly lays the finger of blame on him after one of his class's pranks pushes her over the edge. Haunted by guilt, will Alfie be able to put her unquiet spirit at rest with the perfect memorial service? With Pickwell gone, headmaster Mr Fraser decides to advertise for her position with less-than-successful results, which may mean Miss Gulliver is offered the role full-time. But will the power change her?
#10 - After School Clubs
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 2014
Mitchell announces he is leaving Abbey Grove, but there is the perfect opportunity for a farewell party when Fraser decides to rent out rooms to after-school clubs for extra cash. However, things get complicated for Alfie when he promises to attend Gulliver's book group, Fraser's LARPing club and Mitchell's leaving party. Alfie wants to use the book group as an opportunity to impress Gulliver, but when he gets his class to write the chapter summaries things quickly go from bad to worse. Simultaneously, he has got to help Fraser win a fantasy battle against two very self-important LARPers and survive Mitchell's leaving pranks. Will he be able to do all three without letting someone down?
#11 - Fundraiser
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 8, 2013
Abbey Grove is plunged into financial ruin when headmaster Mr Fraser gives the Nigerian Minister of Finance all their money with the promise of huge returns on the investment. With Professor Green executing an austerity drive which sees the school pillaged of resources, Miss Gulliver thinks it's time to move on. Will Alfie come up with a plan to save the school and stop Miss Gulliver from leaving? And how will he react to the big announcement Professor Green is hiding from him about his father?
#12 - Valentine's Day
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 2013
It is Valentine's Day and headmaster Mr Fraser has planned a special Abbey Grove 'Take Me Out' to help the shy kids find love. New deputy headmistress Professor Green is rubbing everyone up the wrong way, apart from Alfie's father, who happened to go to teacher training college with her. Alfie is desperately trying to persuade Miss Gulliver to come to dinner with him, but is distracted by some shock news from Chantelle. Will Gulliver turn up to dinner and who is Martin Wickers's surprise dinner date?
#13 - Sex Education
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 21, 2012
Abbey Grove School parents are worried about the impending arrival of the French exchange students, after Jean Claude and his French classmates ran riot leaving a wake of lovestruck teenagers behind them the previous year. This year, Fraser is determined to prove to the angry parents that he has got everything under control, especially with his right-hand man Alfie by his side. But is Alfie really the right man to entrust with a sex education class?
#14 - School Trip
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 4, 2012
It is the day of the Abbey Grove school field trips and Alfie and Gulliver are escorting their pupils to a petting zoo and ink museum. Fraser takes his group of pupils to a 'poetry recital' which turns out to be a rap battle, and Pickwell decides to take her class to an abattoir. Things go from bad to worse, when Alfie takes an opportunity to hijack his field trip and turn it into a Bear Grylls-esque survival course.
#15 - Football Match
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 11, 2012
It is the biggest football match of the Abbey Grove school year, as they take on the local public school, Middleton House. After the PE teacher goes missing, Fraser decides that Alfie is the ideal candidate to coach the Abbey Grove team. There are a couple of problems with this decision - firstly Alfie knows nothing about football and secondly Middleton House happens to be his childhood school, which means being reacquainted with his old games teacher and nemesis Mr Humpage.
#16 - Fundraising
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 7, 2014
Martin Wickers's attempts to teach Alfie to drive end in disaster when they run over the school caretaker. Alfie and his class start fundraising for the caretaker's urgent surgery. However, when the school bully Grayson is transferred to Alfie's class, it soon becomes clear that their noble intentions might be difficult with him around. Soon Alfie and his class find themselves no longer leading a charitable enterprise, but being taken on a joyride in a stolen ambulance. Fraser has taken up pole dancing and sees the fundraiser as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his skills.
#17 - Self Defence
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 28, 2012
A new computer game craze hits Abbey Grove School that has got the children imitating a dangerous move called the 'blitz kick'. Fraser decides to buy a copy of the game to see what all the fuss is about but inadvertently turns his staff into addicts as well. Alfie decides to support his beloved Miss Gulliver in taking a stand against all this violence by organising a weapons amnesty. While Fraser hires a very inappropriate self-defence tutor, Preet, to help demonstrate the dangers of violence.
#18 - Parents' Evening
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 14, 2012
It is parents' evening at Abbey Grove School and Alfie is under pressure from the deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell to mark his mock exam papers, otherwise she will fail his whole class. However, news that biology teacher Miss Gulliver has split from her boyfriend only serves to distract him as he becomes fixated with securing a date with her. But with the unpredictable headmaster Mr Fraser also keen to make a move on Miss Gulliver, Alfie resorts to desperate measures both to mark the papers and beat Fraser to a date.