The wives have restricted lives: bringing up children, cooking for families, or going to women-only events at the huge local mosque run by the Deobandis, a powerful sect of Islam whose most outspoken preachers have urged followers not to mix with Christians, Jews or Hindus.
"This year," he began, "the place is just abuzz...[the pupils'] mindset has changed...they're a foot taller, and they're proud".
You could sense his own pride as he said this -- and a measure of relief that his gamble in allowing the cameras to be there in the first place had paid off. Tom, who spent much of the series either misbehaving or being told off by Mitchell, now looked like a young man rather than a lost boy.
Filmed over seven weeks in a Yorkshire secondary school, using 64 mostly unmanned – and, after the first day or two, unheeded – cameras, it was insightful, funny, moving and palpably authentic.
Educating Yorkshire at Christmas - a one-off follow-up special - was a cheery reminder of all this.
With that being said, there can still be negative connotations attached to the idea.
They, like many Muslim women who live here, speak little or no English.It’s strange how a smile on a picture on a dating website has led us to where we both are now. Give yourself two hours to walk, talk and enjoy each other’s company before settling down to a picnic in the middle of nowhere.We both couldn’t be happier and have smiles on our faces each and every day! There’s a new craze of the moment – private karaoke booths.Soon the new arrivals had built the mosque which is designed to accommodate 4,000 worshippers.I have just posted a Meetup in Wakefield for singles who are looking for friendship and or dating.In spite of the obligatory festive title, worn like a paper crown by almost every programme in the schedules for the next week, it contained nary a sprig of holly.