Clenton Farquarson: Mr Hebden

Clenton Farquarson was born in Birmingham in 1964. He grew up in Birmingham and went to his local mainstream schools.

Here Clenton describes a teacher at his school.

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Transcript

And it was only a great teacher, Mr Hebden, he was a sports teacher. He taught me, took the time to get my coordination going and that's why I preferred sport then to the formal education. 'Cause once I understood that, he just really shone. So they used to pass me on to him for my learning, so my learning was through Mr Hebden. He saw me, he saw a person. I remember him saying to me when I was young, 'You just think differently.' And he said, 'There's nothing wrong with you, you're not stupid,' 'cause he used to ask me questions and I could tell him. And he was like, 'Is anyone at school helping you?' And I went, 'Well no, nobody's interested.' And he says, 'But you're not stupid, Clenton, and you've got to believe in yourself.' And I says, 'How can I believe in myself when everybody in front of me, all the teachers, are telling me I'm stupid?