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.
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.
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".
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."
The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has spoken in detail about how he copes with a stammer.
He told Daybreak he only realised he suffered from the speech impediment when he became a Cabinet minister, and admitted there were a number of occasions he found it upsetting, particularly during heated Westminster debates.
Mr Balls was promoting a new initiative launched by the British Stammering Association to encourage those who suffer from a stammer to talk openly about it and to encourage employers make sure they look beyond the stammer during an interview.
Today is International Stammering Awareness Day. Around 1% of the population lives with a stammer, with men are four times more likely to be afflicted than women, according to the NHS.