Watch: Teacher turns author to entertain his pupils

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He may well be one of the most eccentric teachers in Leeds.

During his career Jason Beresford has crossed the country on a lawnmower and attended a party at the Beckham’s house.

Date:5th May 2015. Picture James Hardisty, (JH1008/41a) Former TV Producer, now primary school teacher and author Jason Breseford at Highfield Primary School, Sandringham Green, Leeds, has written two books about fish finger characters and is now working on his third, pictured with one of his pupils Keli Shukla, aged 7.

Date:5th May 2015. Picture James Hardisty, (JH1008/41a) Former TV Producer, now primary school teacher and author Jason Breseford at Highfield Primary School, Sandringham Green, Leeds, has written two books about fish finger characters and is now working on his third, pictured with one of his pupils Keli Shukla, aged 7.

Now he teaches in Leeds where he likes to play the ukelele and teach Japanese to the children.

He is set to enjoy the latest chapter in his career as he embarks on life as an author - after inventing characters based on fish fingers.

Jason, who teaches at Highfield Primary School in Moortown, is working on his third book in a series and jokes: “I have a trapped audience of eight year olds who have to laugh at my jokes or miss playtime.”

His first book the Fabulous Four Fish Fingers was followed by Frozen Fish Fingers and both have sold well. He often entertains his own pupils with his stories.

Jason, 48, from Alwoodley, said: “I used to be a TV producer for 20 years. I reunited the last surviving Oompah Loompas, crossed Britain on a lawn mower with John Sergeant and filmed the party of the year at David Beckham’s house but spent the whole night stuck in the kitchen.”

He also worked on Emmerdale and Coronation Street before he started volunteering in a local primary school.

“I loved my job but woke up one morning and wished I didn’t have to go to work,” he said. “I remember wishing I had superpowers, then thought that knowing my luck I would end up with rubbish superpowers, like the superpowers of a slug.

“I thought I would be called something like Captain Slug or Slug Boy. The idea made me laugh so I went my laptop and began writing about a kid called Slug Boy who had the power to wobble about a bit and leave a slimy trail. It took off from there. I sent the manuscript to agents and it was picked up by someone who found me a publisher. The rest is history.”

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