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The Significance of a Teacher to a Student

Musharaf Asghar, who featured in the award winning series Educating Yorkshire, shares his experience as a child with a stammer and the life changing significance of a teacher in finding his voice.
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About this module:

Known to us as ‘Mushy’, Musharaf Asghar featured in Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated and EMMY Award winning documentary series Educating Yorkshire as a 16-year-old young man with a severe stammer.

In this module Mushy, now in his 20’s, shares his journey from his diagnosis and being told he would never be able to speak, to today – as a successful keynote speaker considering a future in teaching. In this heart-warming and inspirational session Mushy shares the significance of his GCSE English teacher. With Mr Burton’s support and Mushy’s own grit and determination, hear how a young man was able to defy the odds and succeed in finding his voice.

Mushy describes how education was, and still is, a fundamental reason for the success in his life and how teachers and key staff members are everyday heroes to so many young people.

What you will learn:
  • A first-hand experience of what it is like to grow up with a stammer and the impact on the social and emotional learning, wellbeing and aspirations of the child.
  • How characteristics and actions of an individual teacher can influence the resilience and perseverance of a student and empower success.
  • The specific approach Mushy took to find his voice, a strategy he refers to as the ‘flower effect’.