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.
Sathnam Sanghera: Practical jokes, selling packed lunches, inspiring teachers, teaching colonialism
We chat to author Sathnam Sanghera about his school days and the teachers that inspired him, including:
How his English teacher changed the course of his life.
The problems he faced in his PE lessons.
A love of practical jokes - including one on a school trip that didn't go down well.
Developing a side business in selling his packed lunches.
Introducing pupils in school to a more detailed history of colonialism.
Gabrielle: Discovering songwriting through poetry, netball, school plays, psychology | #17
We chat to singer Gabrielle about her school days and the teachers that inspired her, including:
How her English teacher inspired a love of songwriting through poetry.
A school exchange when she had her first exposure to the subject of psychology.
A love of PE and her netball success.
Discovering a passion for performing in school plays.
Bringing music back into the classroom with https://www.big-sing.com/ (The Big Sing).
Ade Adepitan: Great teachers galore, swimming lessons, amazing trips, climate change | #16
We chat to TV presenter and former Paralympian Ade Adepitan about his school days, including:
Using sport to settle into primary school
Wonderful teachers who created lifelong memories
A school trip that opened his eyes to the wonders of the world
Discovering a love of wheelchair basketball
Teaching young people about climate change - and how to tackle it
Martin Roberts: Mr Muscutt, physics, school bands, bus journeys, helping children process emotions | #15
We chat to Homes Under the Hammer presenter and all-round TV legend Martin Roberts about his school days including:
A lovely teacher who played a key role in his school life
A very memorable school trip in more ways than one
Not always being a model pupil
His initiative to get a copy of his book Sadsville into every school during the pandemic to help children understanding their emotions
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
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
What a brilliant podcast! Just what I needed to get me through lockdown - great work Tes 😊
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!
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...