A TEACHER who went viral, thanks to Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire has been announced as host for this year’s Worcestershire Education Awards final.

Matthew Burton shot to fame in 2013 after becoming the face of the hit documentary.

Set in Thornhill Community Academy in West Yorkshire, cameras documented many heart-warming and funny moments, but arguably the most significant involved Mr Burton.

He brought millions of viewers to tears after helping student Musharaf Asghar overcome his stammer.

His love for teaching and energetic attitude has now led him to become the appointed headteacher of the school.

On Thursday, February 24 Mr Burton is set to host the Worcestershire Education Awards which will take place live on the Worcester News Facebook page from 7 pm.

Regional Editor Stephanie Preece says she is delighted to have such an inspirational figure presenting the awards.

“It is fantastic that Matthew Burton will be presenting our winners with awards on Thursday, commending them for their fantastic efforts during what has been an incredibly tough year,” said Mrs Preece.

“We want to say a big thank you to all those involved in education that have worked extremely hard this year and to shine a spotlight on those who continue to make a difference.”

Worcester News: Worcestershire Education Awards 2022

Nominations have been made across 10 categories - Lockdown Hero, Special Educational Needs Award, Star Student, Middle/Secondary School of the Year, Early Years Education/Primary School of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Independent School, and New Teacher of the Year.

The finalists were announced in a special supplement printed in the Worcester News on Thursday, February 3.

This year the awards have received backing from several celebrities such as children’s TV legend Paul Chuckle, Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, TV presenter Ben Fogle and talk show host Jason Manford.

The awards, now in their fourth year, are run in partnership with The University of Worcester.