Pupil on stammer breakthrough

One of the stars of the Channel 4 documentary Educating Yorkshire, year 11 pupil Musharaf Asghar, has described a breakthrough in his battle with his stammer as "the most amazing moment." His teacher used techniques from The King's Speech to help him

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Ed Balls praises 'fabulous example' of stammering pupil

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who suffers from a stammer, has hailed the "fabulous example" of schoolboy Musharaf Asghar whose battle against a speech disorder in a bid to gain an English GCSE was featured in the documentary Educating Yorkshire.

Mr Balls said: "For kids right across the country, I hope they watched that programme and think, 'If Musha can do a GCSE and do that speech, then so can I,' and that's the key thing."

He added: "I hope that this programme and the fabulous example of Musha will give confidence to stammerers, children and adults, across our region, across the country and their parents too.

"With the right help and support and by being open and talking about it, you can succeed and do well, it's not something that should hold you back."

Educating Yorkshire stammer story 'tip of the iceberg'

A leading stammering charity welcomed a storyline in the TV documentary Educating Yorkshire that featured stammering pupil Musharaf Asghar.

However, Cherry Hughes from the British Stammering Association said Mushy's tale was "the tip of the iceberg" about the speech disorder:

Stammering is not well understood and sometimes is mimicked and a subject of mockery in society. It is refreshing that Educating Yorkshire has highlighted the impact of having a stammer at school and provides a platform to talk about ways to support young people like Musharaf.

His school experience is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more openness about stammering is needed.

– Cherry Hughes


Stammering pupil hails 'amazing moment' in TV doc

A schoolboy whose battle against a speech disorder was featured in the TV documentary Educating Yorkshire said his nerve-wracking speech to classmates in the show was "the most amazing moment".

Mushy Asghar had to recite a poem as part of his English GCSE oral exam. Credit: Twitter / @MusharafAsghar

Musharaf Asghar overcame a stammer, with the help of teacher Mr Burton who used methods from The King's Speech film, to read a poem in front of fellow pupils in an emotional moment broadcast on Channel 4 last night.

The teenager, writing in the Guardian afterwards, said: "The most amazing moment for me was when I finally managed to speak in Mr Burton's class. The poem we were working on was called The Moment and it really was a moment I will remember for ever."

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