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Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire star Mathew Burton will be visiting Birmingham’s Highbury Hall in November to take part in a Celebration of Excellence by English Speaking Board (ESB).

He will be presenting ESB’s ‘Young Speaker of the Year’ Awards to eight youngsters from around the country, in recognition of their outstanding spoken language skills. The students, selected from thousands of candidates, will receive their prestigious awards on Saturday 7 November 2015.

Matthew, who enthralled TV viewers with his inspirational approach to helping Musharraf Asghar overcome his debilitating stammer, will also be recognised as ESB’s ‘Speaker of the Year’. ‘Mushy’ will be reunited with Matthew to see his former teacher receive his award.

ESB’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Wren, said: “From the thousands of candidates who have been awarded ESB qualifications this year, our examiners have chosen 8 youngsters for special recognition. All of them have displayed exceptional communication skills and are great ESB ambassadors. The event is supported by our Christabel Burniston Fund, established in honour of our founder, to promote the merits of clear, effective communication.”

Matthew Burton added, "I feel very proud to be singled out by ESB for their ‘Speaker of the Year’ Award. ESB has an ethos of success for all and that is the approach I have always tried to take as an English teacher.  Mushy’s breakthrough on national TV was hugely inspirational for viewers and I feel privileged to have been be part of his success story. I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony in Birmingham immensely."

If you require more information about ESB’s Speaker/Young Speaker of the Year Awards, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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