Education Secretary Michael Gove has praised staff and teachers from an Essex school for appearing on a reality TV show.

Passmores Academy in Harlow was thrust into the media spotlight after it appeared on the Channel 4 show Educating Essex.

The school drew some criticism from people saying the teachers were behaving like children.

But today Mr Gove visited the school and thanked staff on behalf of the Department for Education for appearing on the reality TV show.

He said it showed what a "fantastic community" Harlow is and what a "wonderful profession" teaching is.

Pupils and teachers also defended appearing on the show saying that entertainment had helped their teaching.

It was also announced that headteacher Stephen Drew, who was made famous for his discipline on Educating Essex, will be leaving the school to become head of Brentwood County High.