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The Tes My Best Teacher podcast chats to celebrities about the teachers that had a lasting impact on their life and what made them so special. We also delve into other school memories, from great trips out to the behaviours that landed them in detention - and much more besides to show that, no matter what you go on to achieve in life, you never forget your school days.

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The Tes My Best Teacher podcast chats to celebrities about the teachers that had a lasting impact on their life and what made them so special. We also delve into other school memories, from great trips out to the behaviours that landed them in detention - and much more besides to show that, no matter what you go on to achieve in life, you never forget your school days.

    Charlie Higson: Mr White, The Fast Show, philosophical chats about the wind, school plays | #8

    Charlie Higson: Mr White, The Fast Show, philosophical chats about the wind, school plays | #8

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to comedian, writer and author Charlie Higson, best known for playing a host of hilarious characters in The Fast Show. We chat about
    His brilliant art teacher Bob White and how influenced his thinking
    He recalls his slightly strange primary school
    A new story he's written called Worst.Holiday.Ever that draws on French exchange memories - including philosophical discussions about the wind
    Putting on plays inspired by Monthy Python
    And if any teachers informed characters on The Fast Show.

    • 43 min
    Clare Balding: Ms Healey, dogs on Zoom, suspensions, the power of sport, writing books and Russia | #7

    Clare Balding: Ms Healey, dogs on Zoom, suspensions, the power of sport, writing books and Russia | #7

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to author, broadcaster and journalist Clare Balding about her school days, including:
    How her English teacher helped her recover from an early school setback
    Why dogs need to get better at video-conferencing
    Using sport to help define herself at school
    A memorable trip to Russia
    A new book she's written for children called Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going

    • 33 min
    Kate Clanchy: Mrs Smith, biology, poetry, French trips, escaping from cross-country | #6

    Kate Clanchy: Mrs Smith, biology, poetry, French trips, escaping from cross-country | #6

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to writer, author, poet and teacher Kate Clanchy about her school days, including:
    Why her biology teacher was so important to her time at school
    A very memorable - and quite long - French exchange programme
    The value of creative writing for young people
    Arguing with her teachers
    Not always being the most committed cross-country runner

    • 25 min
    Ricky Wilson: Mrs Hartshorn, art lessons, flamboyant conducting and scotch eggs | #5

    Ricky Wilson: Mrs Hartshorn, art lessons, flamboyant conducting and scotch eggs | #5

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to Ricky Wilson - the lead singer of Kaiser Chiefs and a former judge on The Voice about:
    How his art teacher helped guide his artistic talents
    Winning a conducting competition - despite not reading music
    His new show on CBBC - Ricky Wilson's Art Jam
    The joy of making your own birthday cards
    And one of the most bizarre punishments you'll ever hear

    • 32 min
    Cerys Matthews: Mrs Ellis and Mrs Bowen, poetry, music, and jumpers catching fire | #4

    Cerys Matthews: Mrs Ellis and Mrs Bowen, poetry, music, and jumpers catching fire | #4

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast from Tes we chat to music legend Cerys Matthews. She tells us about:
    The teachers who inspired her - in more ways than one
    Her love of poetry and the spoken word
    How learning the recorder opened up a world of music
    Why cigarettes and acrylic jumpers don't mix

    • 40 min
    Meera Syal: Mr Cartwright, Spanish, guitar playing and Belgium | #3

    Meera Syal: Mr Cartwright, Spanish, guitar playing and Belgium | #3

    In this episode of the new My Best Teacher podcast from Tes we chat to comedian Meera Syal about:
    Her favourite teacher and why he was so important to her
    An unforgettable school trip to Belgium
    Why a visit to London helped opened her eyes to her future career
    And why she has always held teachers in high esteem

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Carlypagewrites ,

Brill!

What a brilliant podcast! Just what I needed to get me through lockdown - great work Tes 😊

Mw1lsey89 ,

A+ podcast!

A class act. The host has obviously done his homework as he has good chemistry with all the great guests! This podcast is going to go down in history!

__H_W__ ,

A great listen!

During these tough times, I think we all need a dose of nostalgia and childhood reminiscing to lift our spirits, and this ticks all those boxes. This is quickly becoming my lockdown go-to podcast and I would highly recommend! Look forward to the next...

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