Matthew Burton


Matthew Burton, or Mr Burton, rose to fame in the Channel 4 documentary Educating Yorkshire. Assistant Head and English teacher at Thornhill Academy, the documentary series explored the challenges the school faced as it attempted to turn itself around under the leadership of charismatic headteacher, Jonny Mitchell.

The relationship developed between Mr Burton and one his Year 11 pupils, Musharaf Asghar, created one of the stand-out moments of the series. Musharaf was a bright, engaging boy who struggled with an acute stammer. His impending English GCSE required him to recite a poem, an ordeal that seemed impossible until the intervention of Mr Burton. Inspired by The King’s Speech, the teacher hit upon the idea of making Musharaf listen to some music to help his delivery. The tactic worked and in highly emotionally charged scenes Musharaf read Margaret Atwood’s poem The Moment almost without a hitch.

The show then moved forward to the end of term with Musharaf standing in front of the entirety of year 11 and, again with the help of his iPod, delivering a speech thanking everyone in the school for their support in overcoming the bullying he endured in his first year and restoring his confidence.

Following on from his efforts with Musharaf and his many other pupils, Matthew has gone on to talk at a number of events and conferences about the techniques he uses to motivate those he works with as well as the many stories he has from his time spent at the front of a classroom.

To book Matthew Burton as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

“It was wonderful, Matthew was so inspirational. Everyone who attended loved it all. Many thanks to Matthew and Champions for all your help.”
Euan Bryant – Staffordshire University

“Dear Matthew, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your invaluable contribution to The Skills Conference yesterday. Feedback from delegates has been very positive, and this would not be possible without our incredible line-up of speakers.”
Giles HallBKSB

‘Everything went really well thank you, Matthew was excellent our staff thoroughly enjoyed his presentation’

“He went down brilliantly! He was so lovely and his speech was fantastic! Thank you so much for all your help and also for the bottle of bubbly!! It went down very well last night. I shall look forward to working with you again in the future.”
SarahNew College Stamford

“It went fantastic thank you! Lovely guy and really engaging for the students!”
EllieNorthampton University

“The feedback has been wonderful!! Absolutely brilliant.” – Learning Trust

“Matt was absolutely fantastic and went down a storm”
Bradford College