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Gemma Collins, Bruno Tonioli, Kimberley Walsh, Jay Blades, Courtney Act, Kadeena Cox and Vick Hope among stars swapping day jobs for the classroom

Following the success of the first series of Celebrity Supply Teacher, a new roll-call of celebrities including Gemma Collins, Kimberley Walsh, Bruno Tonioli, Bobby Berk, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Courtney Act, Kadeena Cox and Sarah Gordy will take turns to inspire CBBC audiences with their favourite subjects.

Entrepreneurial spirit will be high on the curriculum in this series starting on November 16th with TOWIE star Gemma Collins giving a business studies lesson. She will be sharing the finer points of starting up and running a business and giving her top tips on how to come up with a great business idea, how to create a brand and how to be a good salesperson. In his engineering lesson, YouTube inventor Colin Furze, shows off his amazing shed where all his creations are built and gives the inside track on creating amazing inventions from scratch.

Gemma says: “I might be Britain’s number one reality star and best loved diva but being a celebrity supply teacher has been fantastic. I have been passionate about business ever since I was a child. We were quite poor growing up, we didn’t have luxuries, and seeing my father set up his own business and seeing how our lives changed really motivated me to become a business person myself. I have loved passing on my top business tips learnt over the years to the next generation of entrepreneurs!”

The language department will be staffed by Strictly judge, Bruno Tonioli, and Radio 1 DJ, Vick Hope. Bruno introduces the Italian language using common phrases that can be used to order food in local Italian restaurants, while Vick talks about how language changed her life and led to her big break in presenting before giving a rundown of her most useful words and phrases in French.

History and geography will be covered by Repair Shop guru, Jay Blades, Emmerdale actor James Moore and Neighbours star, Alan Fletcher. Jay gives a history lesson about two of his heroes of the past who left a profound and lasting impact on his community, Claudia Jones, the inspiration behind the Notting Hill Carnival, and Dr Harold Moody who campaigned against racial injustice in the UK. James talks about the history of disability while Alan’s geography lesson is all about his beloved homeland, looking at the unique animals, the indigenous Australian culture and the stunning landscape.

Over in the arts, music and drama department Girls Aloud and West End star, Kimberley Walsh, gives a unique singing lesson drawing on her many years as a professional, demonstrating vocal warm up techniques and how to sing one of her favourite songs from The Greatest Showman.

The art lesson is delivered with a touch of flamboyance by interior design guru and keen artist, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who reveals the secrets for painting the perfect portrait, while Bobby Berk, from Queer Eye, shows viewers how to transform a space on a tiny budget. Call the Midwife and The A Word actor, Sarah Gordy, gives her top tips for acting, including advice for overcoming nerves, and American actor and voice artist, Jacob Hopkins, shows how you can use your voice to greater effect.

The bell has rung and it’s time to head over to the science block where well known celebrity chef and environmental campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, talks about recycling and focusses on the harm that single use plastics do to the planet. In the classroom next door, ex-science teacher and comedian, Shazia Mirza, reveals how science is all around us by studying acids and alkalis.

Physical education and mental well-being get the star treatment as drag queen, Courtney Act, delivers a lesson on kindness, acceptance and celebrating difference. Then it’s time to get up from sitting behind a desk for a PE lesson by Gareth Thomas, who’ll deliver a unique lesson using fitness drills inspired by his life as a rugby pro.

Courtney says: “I was nervous about Celebrity Supply Teacher because of all the negative messages I had taken on over the years about queer people not being appropriate. But that is exactly why I should be teaching this lesson on kindness, acceptance and celebrating difference. I hope when people watch they realise that, however they feel on the inside they should shine on the outside, whatever that means for them. Hearing different stories fosters empathy, understanding and I think that's a perfect lesson for young people!”

Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox, talks about success on track, the nutrition that an athlete requires to get their body into peak fitness and her 80/20 rule, while young jockey, Khadijah Mellah, talks about what it was like to win a major horse race aged just 19, before giving a lesson on how to ride and look after a horse.

Kadeena says: “Athletes have to train hard for success and not just on the track and in the gym. We have to be smart with our nutrition and make sure our bodies are getting everything they need. But I’m also a firm believer that we deserve the odd treat too! I love to bake and I find it a great way to relax, so I wanted to show how to bake something that I love to enjoy from time to time.”

Not forgetting the core subjects, journalist and BBC Europe Editor, Katya Adler, gives an English lesson. She gives advice on how to create and write a compelling news story, how impartiality is vital in news journalism and the dangers of fake news.

Celebrity Supply Teacher is made by BBC Children’s In-House Productions. Julie Hesmondhalgh provides the voice over.

Week 1.

Monday, November 16th – Bruno Tonioli – Italian

Tuesday, November 17th – Gemma Collins – Business

Wednesday, November 18th – Jay Blades – History

Thursday, November 19th –  Courtney Act – Wellbeing

Friday, November 20th – Kimberley Walsh – Music

Week 2.

Monday, November 23rd – Katya Adler – English

Tuesday, November 24th – Gareth Thomas – PE

Wednesday, November 25th – Vick Hope – French

Thursday, November 26th – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – Science

Friday, November 27th – Bobby Berk – Interior Design

Week 3.

Monday, November 30th – Kadeena Cox – Cookery

Tuesday, December 1st – Colin Furze – Engineering

Wednesday, December 2nd – Jacob Hopkins – Drama

Thursday, December 3rd – James Moore – History

Friday,December 4th – Khadijah Mellah – Equestrian Studies

Week 4.

Monday, December 7th – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – Art

Tuesday, December 8th – Shazia Mirza – Science

Wednesday, December 9th – Sarah Gordy – Drama

Thursday, December 10th – Alan Fletcher – Geography

Friday, December 11th – End of Term Review

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He is killing it on our screens in Luther.

He could quite possibly be James Bond when Daniel Craig steps down.

But Idris Elba has a specific career path that he would like to venture down in the future…

Any guesses?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 46-year-old has revealed that he would like to try his hand at teaching at some point.

Why, you ask?

The actor said that he loves to give out advice.

He opened up about this while speaking as part of a new campaign with Squarespace.

He said, ''I think one day, in my advanced years, that I probably will end up as some sort of teacher, professor of sort.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He went on to say that he wanted to give people the opportunity to ‘learn’ from him as he ‘likes giving advice’.

So what can we expect from him in terms of pearls of wisdom?

He said, ''Don’t define yourself by one thing, take a look at a tool that can help you redefine yourself.’

Words to remember…we have a feeling that if Idris ever made it as a teacher, he wouldn't struggle to get the rooms attention.  

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26-year-old Viktoria Popova wasn’t expecting the media storm that came her way when she posed for a pin-up style photo shoot.

The Russian teacher initially found herself under fire when the modelling agency she signed with posted the swimsuit pictures on Instagram.

Viktoria was then fired by her employer, Omsk school number 7, over the images.

Omsk city hall told the Siberian Times that the photos brought ‘irreversible damage to the reputation of the teacher’.

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“By spreading frivolous images on the Internet in order to promote a commercial project she also hurt the image of the school,” they further stated, saying that her behaviour broke a code of conduct at the school.

However, other Russian educators rallied around the 26-year-old, posting their own swimsuit photos and decrying the double standards put upon them.

Many of these photos are accompanied by the hashtag ‘teachers are people too’, the Independent reports.

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One Insta user implored, “When will the insanity stop in our country?”

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Viktoria herself has spoken out on the matter, telling the Siberian Times, “I do not understand why I am getting the blame. I wasn’t posing in underwear or stockings.

“I said to them: ‘Don’t you know about American 1950s pin-up style? I’m sorry but this was not promoting some men’s saloon.

“People do take pictures nowadays. They pose on holidays and post pictures online. This was just an advert for a shop.”

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Omsk Region government has now decided the teacher may return to her previous position if she likes, the BBC reports.

They stated, “The question of Viktoria’s future employment has been decided: she may decide to work as a teacher either at this school or another one.”

However, there’s a possibility that the 26-year-old could have landed herself a gig as a full-time model.  Suggestions that she has also been approach by Russian Dating Website have yet to be confirmed. Russian modelling agency Plus Size Omsk has also reached out to Viktoria.

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Many teachers go above and beyond for the students- but this teachers dedication is next level. 

When Tanya Thomas, an elementary school teacher in Ohio, found out that one of her students was sick she decided that she would stop at nothing to help her. 

That student was Eva Brown, and while she wasn't in Thomas' class, she found out about her rare kidney disease through Facebook.

Eva has collapsing FSGS, and needed a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, she has a rare O blood type. 

Thomas, having a suspicion that she had the same blood type, got checked out- she was a match. 

"There was really no question and no hesitation. I felt like it was my opportunity to say we’re going to give this a try and if it doesn't work I have to be okay with that,” she told local media.

“I kind of just have that feeling of hey I've got two, I'll give one. No sweat off my back." 

Thomas met with Eva nad her mother Alana, to tell the the good news. 

“I thought I was going to lose my baby and now I can watch her grow up," mum Alana gushed. "I can watch her play. I can see her go to prom, and get married one day, and I look forward to seeing the woman she's going to be and that's because of Tanya Thomas.”

Principle Micca Conley said that she was proud of Thomas' decision, who is extremely dedicated to her students. 

"We are mums first and teachers second and she has taken that expectation obviously to the next level,” she said. 

Through fundraising pages and speaking out, the women hope to raise awareness for organ donation. 

The transplant is scheduled for June 2018. 

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If you want a job that essentially doesn't require you to sleep under your desk (don't we all?!), then there are 25 gigs with particularly great hours that you should have on your radar. 

Glassdoor asked reviewers to rate their work/life balance on a scale from 0 to 5, and they found out some very interesting facts. 

With every year that goes by, the survey revealed that people are feeling less and less balanced every year. Back in 2009, the average rating was 3.5, but now it's down to 3.2. 

There are, however, some jobs that employees rate highly – like data scientists that ranked first on their list. They had the highest rating for a work/life balance, coming in at 4.2 out of 5. They also had the highest salary on the list, racking in nearly €155,000. 

Here's the top ten jobs, but you can check out the full 25 over here:

1. Data scientist

2. SEO manager

3. Talent acquisition specialist

4. Social media manager

5. Substitute teacher

6. Recruiting coordinator

7. UX designer

8. Digital marketing manager

9. Marketing assistant

10. Web developer

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Hollywood actor James Franco is not exactly a stranger to the classroom. Since 2006 he has attended classes and workshops at more than five colleges in the U.S, including Yale University.

He studied filmmaking, English, poetry and creative writing. So now you know where the ideas for that short story on Lindsay Lohan are coming from.

At the moment, as well as starring in plenty of film projects, he is also an English PhD student at Yale, because sleep is for the weak, apparently.

So, in the middle of his seemingly never-ending quest for knowledge, James has now decided to turn the tables. Not content with just being a student, he has taken on the role of teacher.

 

 

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According to his Instagram account, he will be bringing his passion for the arts into the classroom at the school he once attended himself.

James and his journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki have created a workshop that will run for five hours on a Sunday beginning this week. 24 lucky students will get to take part in the two month event.

The students will work in small groups to produce a film which James himself has written. Each group will focus on a different ‘episode’ of the script.

Speaking about James’ involvement with the project Esther said:

“I think that that’s his motivation – he wants to show (that) it can actually be done, to other schools around the county (that) people don’t have to wait around for new legislation or more classroom buildings or whatever.”

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Teacher’s speakerphone rule backfires spectacularly!

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