Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Editorial - Yorkshire Has Made Teaching Fans of Us All: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Editorial - Yorkshire Has Made Teaching Fans of Us All: Opinion

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I read a lot of words about education every week. Lots and lots. Part of the job. Some of them are good, some bad, some depressing, some uplifting.

But this week one thing really jumped out at me: the news that Educating Yorkshire is returning to our screens for a one-off Christmas special (see page 9). Cripes, but I was chuffed.

Don't get me wrong. I am, of course, a hardbitten, cynical hack who views everything through cold, dead eyes that look for nothing more than a decent headline.

Well, this was true - at least until I watched the famous "Musharaf episode", the one with the lad with the unfathomably bad stutter whose teacher coached him through the speaking-and-listening part of his English exam. The episode that was like The King's Speech, only better.

I swear I had something in my eye.

It will come as no surprise to learn that I am a big fan of Mr Mitchell and his staff, just as I was of their predecessors, the protagonists in the equally wonderful Educating Essex.

First and foremost, I am a fan of the show as a casual viewer of great television, but I also tuned in every week because I am a big fan of teachers.

It may be unfashionable, but I believe - the TES believes - that teachers do a hard job in often tough circumstances and they mostly do it exceptionally well. And their thanks? To be maligned the world over.

All too often the media is chief detractor. This is true in huge swathes of the world, including in the US and in dear old Blighty.

As such, to settle down and watch a mainstream channel - normally a purveyor of tabloid freak shows dressed up as serious documentaries - uncynically celebrating teachers, teaching and students has been fantastic. …

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