Channel 4 star works with Kirton Lindsey students for national competition

Helen Lee (Project Officer LiNCHigher), Baasit Siddiqui, Philippa Hartley (Deputy Head at Huntcliff School) and Patrick Daley (Head Teacher at Huntcliff School)

Gogglebox star Baasit Siddiqui inspired Year 9 students at Huntcliff School in Kirton Lindsey on December 11 as part of his national Let’s Pitch It competition.

The former secondary school teacher, who has been on the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 TV show Gogglebox for five years, comes into schools around the country for his national competition, where the winning team get to travel down to London to see how the show is made.

The workshop was funded by LiNCHigher, a project that works across schools and the community in Lincolnshire to provide essential tools for children, parents, carers and teachers.

Students worked in groups of four to plan, pitch and advertise a TV show with the best pitch from each school shortlisted by Baasit, with the top three pitches from across the country judged by the creator of Gogglebox and other show executives.

The winning team receives vouchers to purchase digital equipment for themselves and their school as well as a trip down to London to see how Gogglebox is filmed and made.

Baasit, said: “The aim of the workshop is to get students thinking about how the skills that they are developing in school are used in the world of work. Whether that’s media, business, IT or any other job. If the students are confident in their ideas and how to express them then it could lead to a lot of success.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the students at Huntcliff School. The positive attitude and energy displayed by all the students was so motivating and inspiring.

“The day is designed to be fast paced, challenging and aim to emulating a bustling media environment. From start to finish the students gave it their all doing themselves and their school very proud.”

Project Officer for LiNCHigher, Helen Lee, said: “What a fantastic opportunity for Huntcliff School students to be part of this nationwide competition with Baasit Siddiqui from Gogglebox!

“The day was a great success and students were really well engaged in all of the activities. There were some really innovative ideas among the students and I’m convinced that a team from Huntcliff School will be in the final in 2019!

“LiNCHigher are delighted to be working with Siddiqui Education and hoping that other Lincolnshire schools will get involved in 2019.”