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.