Matthew Burton


Matthew Burton isn’t your ordinary television celebrity. He isn’t a singer or an actor, but a teacher who won the hearts of the nation on the hit Channel 4 documentary TV show, Educating Yorkshire. An event featuring Matthew is candid and authentic, as this genuine individual’s passion for teaching is infectious. When the show started, Matthew was the Assistant Headteacher and the English teacher at Thornhill Academy, but his love for his students’ future has led to him becoming the appointed headteacher. Matthew has stated that people assume the TV show is the highlight of his career, but for him, it is his students’ success that makes his hard work worthwhile.

One of the pinnacle moments on the show was when a student with dyslexia flawlessly recounted a poem with Matthew’s help, who was inspired by The King’s Speech. When he reflected on the moment, Matthew described how it was “a symbol of the bond between a teacher and a student”. In his motivational speeches, Matthew explores this moment in his career, discussing how it was the pinnacle in his understanding of the power of teaching.

Matthew leads workshops on all things teaching – from getting the most out of an academically challenged child to maintaining order in a chaotic classroom. His hands-on presentations are honest and can drastically alter other people’s perspective. Taking examples from his own work as a teacher, Matthew will offer tried and tested strategies to ensure both success and wellbeing for students, as he believes that you can’t have one without the other. As an expert on academia, Matthew is also a popular keynote speaker, regularly booked for teaching events up and down the country. His previous events include the Professional Learning Conference at the Telford International Centre in 2019.

Matthew is a true joy to witness present live, not just because he is a talented teacher but because he is a likeable speaker with a genuine personality. He has dedicated his life to raising the aspirations of the next generation, a sentiment that he inspires in his audience. He believes that no matter where a child is from, whether born in a privileged or underprivileged area, they all deserve to have the same opportunities, pride in themselves and dreams for their future.

To book Matthew Burton as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:

When at corporate events, Matthew is known to cover the following topics:

  • Education
  • Peak Performing
  • Inspiring Greatness
  • Change Management
  • Team Management

Matthew Burton giving a motivational speech:

“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