Episode 8
First Broadcast: 9PM Thu 24 October 2013

It's the final months of school and the Year 11 students are preparing for life beyond Thornhill.

English teacher Mr Burton is one of a kind. He's an Assistant Head at just 30 years old, and music, fancy-dress and jumping on tables are all part of his teacher's toolkit. This year, he has his most challenging C/D borderline class so far, and two of his students pose very different challenges.

Musharaf has a severe stammer, and anxiety about leaving Thornhill seems to have made it worse. As Musharaf prepares for his GCSE English oral exam, Mr Burton is prepared to try any tactic, no matter how unusual, to help improve his fluency.

Meanwhile, Hannah would be capable of A grades, were it not for her aversion to staying in class. The school staff are concerned about her not achieving her potential, and wish she'd devote more energy to staying in lessons than finding excuses to escape them.

Can Mr Burton's unique teaching style help his students make the grade?

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    1. Educating Yorkshire Episode 8 Thu 24 Oct 2013

      It's the final months of school and the Year 11 students are preparing for life beyond Thornhill.

      • Strong language
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. S1-Ep8: Last Words This video is a clip S1-Ep8: Last Words Video duration: 2:18 minutes

        Musharaf finally manages to defeat his stammer
      2. S1-Ep8: Siege Mentality This video is a clip S1-Ep8: Siege Mentality Video duration: 1:42 minutes

        Exam time puts a weight on Mr Burton's shoulders
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      Musharaf finally manages to defeat his stammer Watch Educating Yorkshire Episode 8
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