Teacher praised as 'legend' after TV show featuring Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow

English teacher Joe Bispham was praised as an inspiration

English teacher Joe Bispham was praised as an inspiration

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A teacher has been praised as a "Legend" after the first episode of a documentary series featuring Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow.

Last night’s episode of Educating the East End followed English teacher Joe Bispham as he struggled with a rowdy Year 9 class.

Dealing with a group of girls had proved difficult enough for the 28-year-old before headteacher Jenny Smith announced that she was going along to watch one of his lessons.

With the added pressure, the teacher who described his style as "fifty percent stand up and fifty percent motivational speeches" told the class he was "having a nervous breakdown" as their behaviour continued to get worse.

But it was the students came to his aid during the headteacher's visit, exhibiting some of their best behaviour during the lesson.

They later said they wanted the headteacher to see what a good teacher he is.

Mr Bispham’s resolve won him praise on Twitter, with hundreds of people calling him a "legend" and an "inspiration".

Deborah Norwood Tweeted: “Only been watching for 10 mins & already know @MrBispham is an awesome teacher! Those kids are lucky!”

Myles Ward wrote: “#educatingtheastend was absolutely brilliant tonight to watch and what an amazing teacher, he is @MrBispham.”

Susan Nelson Tweeted: “@MrBispham nice to see such a passion for inspiring children, you clearly mean a lot to those kids!”

“Loving it already. @MrBispham is a legend "It's not the time for bantaaaaaa, it's time for workaaaaaa,” Chantelle King Tweeted.

He responded at the end of the show to say that he had been "overwhelmed" by the response he had received.

The show let viewers into the lives of Year 9 girls going through a range of personal difficulties, including student Tawny’s tears when she failed to get a place in the BRIT School while her friend Alice made it.

Scores of viewers also commented on the tough situation facing pupil Acacia Gordon, whose mother was seriously ill.

The next episode is on Thursday at 9pm.

 

 

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11:51am Fri 5 Sep 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

What fantastic viewing, the one thing that shone through the programme is the dedication and commitement that Mr.Bispham has for his job and how he puts 100% into getting the very very best out of his pupils, what an inspiration this teacher is too other young people thinking of becoming of a teacher an absolute credit too the profession he is. Fredrick Bremner is an extremely lucky school too have a teacher like this
What fantastic viewing, the one thing that shone through the programme is the dedication and commitement that Mr.Bispham has for his job and how he puts 100% into getting the very very best out of his pupils, what an inspiration this teacher is too other young people thinking of becoming of a teacher an absolute credit too the profession he is. Fredrick Bremner is an extremely lucky school too have a teacher like this SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 19

12:21pm Fri 5 Sep 14

DaveInTheForest says...

Really, what is the point of all these "educating..." series? I suspect it is so the public school boys making the programs can have a good laugh at the plebs and feel smug about sending their kids to private schools.
Really, what is the point of all these "educating..." series? I suspect it is so the public school boys making the programs can have a good laugh at the plebs and feel smug about sending their kids to private schools. DaveInTheForest
  • Score: -20

12:53pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

The teachers deserve medals dealing with the Ferals sent to be 'taught' by teachers and whose parents dump them at tge school gates expecting miracles against a back drop of a home life where discipline at home is none existent.

The attitude of some of those kids is deplorable and would soon be addressed by a clip round the ear or six of the best instead of all the striving to find any old excuse for their terrible behaviour when it is obvious that they are plainly disturbed and terribly raised at home by inadequate people who brought them into this world without parenting skills and expect everyone to deal with their problems.
The teachers deserve medals dealing with the Ferals sent to be 'taught' by teachers and whose parents dump them at tge school gates expecting miracles against a back drop of a home life where discipline at home is none existent. The attitude of some of those kids is deplorable and would soon be addressed by a clip round the ear or six of the best instead of all the striving to find any old excuse for their terrible behaviour when it is obvious that they are plainly disturbed and terribly raised at home by inadequate people who brought them into this world without parenting skills and expect everyone to deal with their problems. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -13

1:47pm Sat 6 Sep 14

dryer117 says...

I wouldn't want to be a teacher for all the tea in China. If a true betrayal of Mr Bispham then good on him. I thought he handled his class extremely well and on a level the kid's understand. A good asset to the school. The head Ms Smith, was definitely on her best behavior for the cameras as I've heard nothing but negative comments for her in the past. I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode involving the boy's.
I wouldn't want to be a teacher for all the tea in China. If a true betrayal of Mr Bispham then good on him. I thought he handled his class extremely well and on a level the kid's understand. A good asset to the school. The head Ms Smith, was definitely on her best behavior for the cameras as I've heard nothing but negative comments for her in the past. I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode involving the boy's. dryer117
  • Score: -6

5:56pm Sat 6 Sep 14

roundthetwist says...

dryer117 wrote:
I wouldn't want to be a teacher for all the tea in China. If a true betrayal of Mr Bispham then good on him. I thought he handled his class extremely well and on a level the kid's understand. A good asset to the school. The head Ms Smith, was definitely on her best behavior for the cameras as I've heard nothing but negative comments for her in the past. I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode involving the boy's.
From what I saw of the programme. Ms Smith was doing a very good job at the school.

What have you heard and have you approached her directly with your concerns? If not raising them for this first time on here is a tad unfair.
[quote][p][bold]dryer117[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't want to be a teacher for all the tea in China. If a true betrayal of Mr Bispham then good on him. I thought he handled his class extremely well and on a level the kid's understand. A good asset to the school. The head Ms Smith, was definitely on her best behavior for the cameras as I've heard nothing but negative comments for her in the past. I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode involving the boy's.[/p][/quote]From what I saw of the programme. Ms Smith was doing a very good job at the school. What have you heard and have you approached her directly with your concerns? If not raising them for this first time on here is a tad unfair. roundthetwist
  • Score: 9

2:55pm Wed 10 Sep 14

jonny mash says...

Teachers need to be hard but fair with the youths rather than trying to be their friends or David Brent style "chilled out entertainers"
Teachers need to be hard but fair with the youths rather than trying to be their friends or David Brent style "chilled out entertainers" jonny mash
  • Score: 1

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