15 episodes

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.

    YolanDa Brown: Mrs Hart, music and jazz, Spanish, business studies, EuroDisney | #14

    YolanDa Brown: Mrs Hart, music and jazz, Spanish, business studies, EuroDisney | #14

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to jazz musician, broadcaster and children's TV show host YolanDa Brown about:
    Attending an all-through school and the benefits this provided
    Her lovely primary teacher and thought-provoking media studies teacher
    How her music teacher introduced her to the power of jazz
    A very business-like trip to Disneyland
    The joy of teaching children about music through her show, YolanDa's Band Jam

    • 36 min
    Ben Ainslie: Mr Pierce, PE and sailing, school ghosts, making money from packed lunches, | #13

    Ben Ainslie: Mr Pierce, PE and sailing, school ghosts, making money from packed lunches, | #13

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to Olympic sailor Ben Anslie about his school memories including:
    The lessons in resilience he took from his PE teacher
    The tricks he used to fool his physics teacher into thinking he was working
    The importance of school trips
    How school lunches became a money-making venture

    • 30 min
    Cressida Cowell: Ms Mellows, the joy of writing, libraries and public speaking | #12

    Cressida Cowell: Ms Mellows, the joy of writing, libraries and public speaking | #12

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to children's author Cressida Cowell about her school memories including:
    The vital role her primary teacher played in her development as a writer
    The perils of not being a very organised pupil
    The importance of primary school libraries
    Her love of art - and why it's such an important subject
    How to develop confidence in public speaking

    • 45 min
    Doon Mackichan: Mr MacKay, acting talents, comedy impressions, bagpipers | #11

    Doon Mackichan: Mr MacKay, acting talents, comedy impressions, bagpipers | #11

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to comedian and actress Doon Mackichan about her school days, including:
    A wonderful English teacher who set her on the path to stardom
    Doing impressions to win over other girls at school
    A very surreal visit back to her former school
    Using teachers to inspire comedy characters
    The importance of learning from tough times

    • 35 min
    Shappi Khorsandi: Mrs Gadd and Ms Kingston, writing plays, learning English, getting an A, children's names | #10

    Shappi Khorsandi: Mrs Gadd and Ms Kingston, writing plays, learning English, getting an A, children's names | #10

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi
    Her amazing primary school - and the teachers that made it so special
    Being the narrator in schools plays - and not always enjoying it
    Why writing a play boosted her social stock at secondary school
    The difficulty of picking your own children's names
    Why getting an A for her English A level remains one of her proudest moments

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mehreen Baig: 'Ms Honey', loving school, wayward teenage years, teacher secrets | #9

    Mehreen Baig: 'Ms Honey', loving school, wayward teenage years, teacher secrets | #9

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to TV presenter, author and former teacher Mehreen Baig to discuss:
    The huge influence a single story a teacher told her had on her life
    A sneaky way to avoid detentions
    Loving school - until her wayward teenage years
    Why TV presenting is a doddle compared to teaching (sort of)
    Why she's taken the views of teachers to the masses with a Radio 4 show
    She reveals her own teaching secret

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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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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