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This Salford Schoolboy’s Become A TV Hero Overnight

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A new term and Channel 4 are back in a real school for their Educating series – this time in Greater Manchester.

And viewers of the first episode last night were delighted in particular at the kindness of schoolboy Jack Stanley.

The Year Seven student at Harrop Fold School was shown on Educating Greater Manchester befriending Syrian fellow pupil Rani Assad.

Rani, who was forced to flee his own country at the age of four, was targeted by bullies at his new Little Hulton high school – but Jack stepped in.

The Guardian’s TV reviewer Sam Wollaston gave words to how everyone was feeling in this review, calling Jack a “legend”.

When Rani tells teacher Miss Pearce he’s a “little bit sad, and nervous”, Jack steps in.

“I can see it’s difficult for him ’cos he can’t really bond with other people,” he says.

The review says Jack “takes Rani under his wing, befriends him, looks after him in the playground and in class, whispers answers to him in a test… And Rani’s confidence grows, his English improves, and he becomes a little bit less sad.”

The programme continues next Thursday on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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