Braydon vs Mr Burton: the truth about starting secondary school

This film was recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic.

YouTuber, Braydon Bent challenges the star of Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire and head teacher, Mr Burton (aka Matthew Burton) about the realities of starting secondary school.

Braydon quizzes Matt on the rumours he has over-heard in the playground, the stories older students have shared with him and the problems he expects to find when making the move, in an attempt to get to the truth.

Q1 – I’ve heard you set homework every single night for the children – what if the footy’s on tele?

Even if you get homework every single night, it will be a manageable amount. If you get yourself organised, get home and get it done, then you can slide it to one side and enjoy your evening.

Q2 – One of the biggest worries at the minute is bullying… what’s your thought on that?

If you feel like you’re being bullied, make sure you talk to someone you trust. Now, with mobile phones and social media, bullying can happen at any time, even when you’re not in school. That’s why it’s really important that you tell someone so they can do something about it.

Q3 – People are worried about losing friends and not making new ones. What’s your opinion on that?

You’re not going to have exactly the same mates at the end of secondary school as you do at the end of primary school. Naturally, your friendship groups will change because you get to meet lots of brilliant new people who you’ve never had the chance to meet before.

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