TV teacher: How pupils can be ‘big’ winners at school

TV teacher: How pupils can be ‘big’ winners at school

THE inspirational teacher who won the hearts of TV viewers in Educating Yorkshire has penned a book on how to survive secondary school.

Matthew Burton, now headteacher at Thornhill Community Academy – which featured in the hit show – is set to launch ‘Go Big’ early next year.

It’s a guide on the best ways to survive high school and how to achieve ‘big’.

Mr Burton, inset, said: “I’m so excited to be able to write a book that I really hope is helpful for young people approaching that ever so important time in their lives – the big move from primary to secondary school.

“As a headteacher, I am lucky enough to see the brilliant things young people do every single day but I’m also there to help ‘pick up the pieces’ when things go wrong.

“Go Big is about acknowledging that things can, and do, go wrong and making it clear that it’s absolutely normal.

“Not only that, though, it’s about giving children a ‘heads-up’ about what’s to come, how to best prepare for it, what to do when it arrives, and above all, helping them to feel positive about the big move.”

Mr Burton shot to fame as the English teacher who helped student Musharaf ‘Mushy’ Asghar overcome his chronic stammer.

The pair won the hearts of viewers in the final episode of the Channel Four programme when Mushy stood up in front of his classmates to deliver a speech at the end of term.

In the book, which is to be released in February, Mr Burton covers everything from exam stress and messy relationships to stressful homework and bullying.

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