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Educating Manchester promises more heartwarming stories

By Staff Reporter

The critically acclaimed Educating series has provided viewers with many great moments and memories over its four series so far. Who can forget Asperger’s sufferer Ryan making a speech in Educating Essex about how his time at Passmores Academy was the best of his life, which made Mr Goddard and many pupils cry?

Then there was the plight of Year 10 student Tom in Educating Yorkshire, who, despite being hit with the heartbreaking news that his stepbrother had died, continued to work hard towards his future.

But perhaps the Bafta and NTA-winning series’ most famous and heart-warming moment was when inspirational Musharaf Asghar stole the hearts of the nation by overcoming his stammer with the help of English teacher Mr Burton.

Educating the East End and Educating Cardiff followed and viewers will be hoping for more heartwarming stories as the show returns after a two-year break.

Channel 4’s Head of Documentaries Nick Mirsky believes this new run, Educating Greater Manchester, will be just as good as its predecessors.

Cameras are set up at Harrop Fold Secondary which is at the heart of a changing community in Salford, and in the first visit we get to know a fresh intake of students from a range of foreign countries, including Rani (11), from war-torn Syria who quickly strikes up a friendship with fellow Year 7 pupil Jack.

The mood becomes sombre as the school responds to the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert, which eight pupils and one teacher attended.

Despite the challenges the staff and students face, headteacher Drew Povey is nevertheless looking forward to sharing his school’s story with the nation.

“We have been given the opportunity to share our story through the Educating series,” he says.

“Team Harrop has been galvanised by its significant challenges, but unswerving commitment to making the difference.”

  • Educating Greater Manchester is on C4 on Thursday at 9pm

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