165 episodes

"Naylor's natter...just talking to teachers"

Naylor's Natter is the brainchild of Phil Naylor , created initially to share musings on evidence, research and CPD. The podcast has grown significantly since its first episode in early 2019 and is now proudly independent. We have no sponsorship or affiliation.

As the podcast has evolved so has its reach, we feel passionately about diversity of opinion and representation of our profession. To ensure we better reflect teaching , we are now proud to add more hosts to the podcast. Opinions are guests and hosts alone.

Naylor's Natter Podcast 'Just talking to Teachers‪'‬ Phil Naylor

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 53 Ratings

"Naylor's natter...just talking to teachers"

Naylor's Natter is the brainchild of Phil Naylor , created initially to share musings on evidence, research and CPD. The podcast has grown significantly since its first episode in early 2019 and is now proudly independent. We have no sponsorship or affiliation.

As the podcast has evolved so has its reach, we feel passionately about diversity of opinion and representation of our profession. To ensure we better reflect teaching , we are now proud to add more hosts to the podcast. Opinions are guests and hosts alone.

    The Grand Finale. The Behaviour Manual with Sam Strickland and High Noon.

    The Grand Finale. The Behaviour Manual with Sam Strickland and High Noon.

    The Behaviour Manual – An Educator's Guidebook offers over 100 strategies, approaches and teaching methods that will help any school, leader, middle leader, teacher, ECT or ITT to pro-actively lead on behaviour. It has been designed to help the entire profession and anyone at any level and all ranges of experience.

    The book is divided into three broad sections. Section one examines the role of the Mothership (the school) and the role that leaders at any level can play. Section two looks at the role of the Satellites (the key areas that make up the school) and the integral role that middle leaders play. The final section looks at the micro level, focusing on the role that teachers play and offers a plethora of approaches teachers can employ.

    Each of the 100+ strategies is unpacked over a one or two-page spread. Within each spread is an outline of what the approach is, it is then unpacked to detail how it works or can be applied and each spread finishes with a cautionary warning and an advice tip. This book is deliberately written to help, to offer support, to offer advice and there is, bluntly, no waffle, no padding and no fluff.

    If you want a book that you can pick up, easily read and digest a key approach or strategy in less than 5-10 minutes then this is for you. It is grounded in expertise, experience, research and deliberately written in a clear, straightforward and open style that leaves you in no doubt regarding how any of the given approaches works and could be employed in your school setting.



    Inspired by interviews from the popular education podcast of the same name, Naylor’s Natter brings together a wealth of advice from the most influential voices in education today.

    In this exciting, one-of-a-kind book, Phil Naylor revisits the very best interviews from four years of education podcasting, drawing on the advice and opinions from some of the world’s most innovative educators, including Doug Lemov, E. D. Hirsch, Pritesh Raichura and Mary Myatt.

    Divided into five key areas – behaviour, leadership, pastoral care, CPD, and the future of teaching and learning – this book is perfect for primary and secondary ECTs, teachers and school leaders looking for new takes on hot topics, as well as tips and strategies to improve their practice. There are QR codes throughout linking to the episodes discussed, so you can listen to the interviews and explore the topics in even more detail. Full of valuable insights into the current state of education, and what the road ahead may look like, this is an indispensable tool for starting conversations and transforming the way you teach.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Simplicitus with Emma Turner

    Simplicitus with Emma Turner

    Primary curriculum design has been in sharp focus in recent years. After leading on curriculum design and effective subject leadership for 24 years across multiple schools, Emma has written the handbook for both the complex thinking which underpins primary curriculum design and provided the practical models to make it work. There is much advice out there for primary schools but much is often dominated by voices not trained or experienced in primary practice. Emma outlines the unique considerations needed for designing and implementing a rich, high-quality curriculum which serves our youngest learners – a blend of academic thinking, educational research, the wisdom of decades of primary experience and a true love of the unique nature of primary. Primary curriculum design is a unique knowledge domain of its own and Emma explains and explores how this knowledge and the thinking around it needs to be championed and implemented through both academic and child development lenses. Rooted in experience, underpinned by successful approaches implemented in hundreds of schools – curriculum design in primary is complex and nuanced but it can also be 'Simplicitus'.

    @naylorsnatter and Naylor's Natter no longer have any association with rED Blackpool following the cancellation of the 2022 event. We wish the organisers well with future events. 

    • 59 min
    Why I'm ending the podcast- T and T crossover special

    Why I'm ending the podcast- T and T crossover special

    A great discussion on why after 3 years , Naylor's Natter is coming to an end. I am now focussing on writing. We discuss the new Naylor's Natter book and how to design your own #cpd 



    Inspired by interviews from the popular education podcast of the same name, Naylor’s Natter brings together a wealth of advice from the most influential voices in education today.

    In this exciting, one-of-a-kind book, Phil Naylor revisits the very best interviews from four years of education podcasting, drawing on the advice and opinions from some of the world’s most innovative educators, including Doug Lemov, E. D. Hirsch, Pritesh Raichura and Mary Myatt.

    Divided into five key areas – behaviour, leadership, pastoral care, CPD, and the future of teaching and learning – this book is perfect for primary and secondary ECTs, teachers and school leaders looking for new takes on hot topics, as well as tips and strategies to improve their practice. There are QR codes throughout linking to the episodes discussed, so you can listen to the interviews and explore the topics in even more detail. Full of valuable insights into the current state of education, and what the road ahead may look like, this is an indispensable tool for starting conversations and transforming the way you teach.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tools for Teachers with Ollie Lovell

    Tools for Teachers with Ollie Lovell

    If the sky was the limit, what would you do to become the best educator that you can be? In 2016, Ollie Lovell asked himself this same question, and concluded that asking the world’s foremost leaders in education what they do would be a great place to start.

    So he did just that! Over the past five years, Ollie has spoken to sixty of the world’s most prominent teachers, leaders, and education researchers.

    Based upon interviews with Tom Sherrington, Anita Archer, Dylan Wiliam, John Hattie, Judith Hochman, Jay McTighe, Tom Bennett, Bill Rogers, Daniel Willingham, and many more, this book summarises the most useful techniques, strategies, and mental models from sixty in-depth conversations, and presents them in a clear and actionable form for you to start improving your teaching and learning from the first page.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Wellbeing and Leadership with Headteacherchat

    Wellbeing and Leadership with Headteacherchat

    Welcome to HeadteacherChat-A Professional Network for School Leaders. 👋
    The Network for School Leaders. Hosted by Lucy & Jonathan Coy

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    https://shop.headteachers.org/



    Naylor's Natter

    Inspired by interviews from the popular education podcast of the same name, Naylor’s Natter brings together a wealth of advice from the most influential voices in education today.

    In this exciting, one-of-a-kind book, Phil Naylor revisits the very best interviews from four years of education podcasting, drawing on the advice and opinions from some of the world’s most innovative educators, including Doug Lemov, E. D. Hirsch, Pritesh Raichura and Mary Myatt.

    Divided into five key areas – behaviour, leadership, pastoral care, CPD, and the future of teaching and learning – this book is perfect for primary and secondary ECTs, teachers and school leaders looking for new takes on hot topics, as well as tips and strategies to improve their practice. There are QR codes throughout linking to the episodes discussed, so you can listen to the interviews and explore the topics in even more detail. Full of valuable insights into the current state of education, and what the road ahead may look like, this is an indispensable tool for starting conversations and transforming the way you teach.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naylors-Natter-collective-teachers-education/dp/1472992466/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1IVHBGLD9U6I0&keywords=naylors+natter+book&qid=1653225460&sprefix=Naylor%27s+n%2Caps%2C121&sr=8-1

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Parklands- A School built on love with Chris Dyson

    Parklands- A School built on love with Chris Dyson

    If anything can bind together nearly 400 pupils and 100 school staff in challenging circumstances, it’s love. And love is in plentiful supply at Parklands.

    The pupils at Parklands Primary School, located on the Seacroft estate in Leeds, often face significant hardship. Children start at the school significantly behind their peers nationally, especially in terms of their language and literacy. Yet the school is famed for outstanding learning – both in terms of Ofsted judgement and, more importantly, in achieving amazing outcomes for its learners.

    In this inspiring book, head teacher Chris Dyson shares the story of how he has steered the school towards the seemingly impossible educational dream of high achievement, personalised support and complete inclusion. He explains how the school setting can be a place where there is love but also hope and relentless ambition for children, and reflects on the steps that he and his staff have put in place to make this a reality for Parklands’ pupils.

    Chris delves into how this culture and climate of love drives behaviour and decision-making throughout the school – and, as a result, how this creates a safe, loving environment in which all of its learners can thrive.

    Chris also provides insights into how the leadership team goes about raising funds for the school, and how they choose to spend it on both curricular and extracurricular projects. And, furthermore, how the school broadens its pupils’ experiences and cultural capital by means of residential trips, in-school productions, and sports and arts provision.

    An uplifting read for all teachers and school leaders.

    Chapters include:


    Chapter 1: Love
    Chapter 2: Leadership
    Chapter 3: Learning
    Chapter 4: Fun Day Friday and the Best Seats in the House
    Chapter 5 Looking After Your Staff
    Chapter 6 Achievement
    Chapter 7 Parents, Community and Family
    Chapter 8 Taking Care of Business

    Naylor's Natter- the book:



    Inspired by interviews from the popular education podcast of the same name, Naylor’s Natter brings together a wealth of advice from the most influential voices in education today.

    In this exciting, one-of-a-kind book, Phil Naylor revisits the very best interviews from four years of education podcasting, drawing on the advice and opinions from some of the world’s most innovative educators, including Doug Lemov, E. D. Hirsch, Pritesh Raichura and Mary Myatt.

    Divided into five key areas – behaviour, leadership, pastoral care, CPD, and the future of teaching and learning – this book is perfect for primary and secondary ECTs, teachers and school leaders looking for new takes on hot topics, as well as tips and strategies to improve their practice. There are QR codes throughout linking to the episodes discussed, so you can listen to the interviews and explore the topics in even more detail. Full of valuable insights into the current state of education, and what the road ahead may look like, this is an indispensable tool for starting conversations and transforming the way you teach.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Hugh Jonathan Smith ,

What a Brilliant Podcast!

This podcast is very informative with great content and sound quality.I highly recommend to anyone interested in education podcasts.His new video podcast on Spotify is definitely one to check out.

TommyWhittle ,

Rekindled Interest in Edu-Research

Naylor and his colleagues are excellent hosts, they make every conversation feel warm and insightful.

I had to admit, I found it difficult to digest any more educational research or literature after a full day of school but this is perfect for the drive to and from school. It has re-kindled my interest in pedagogy and school culture.

SaraLouiseHawkins ,

Great ideas, poor sound

This is a very informative podcast with so many fabulous ideas that you can take away and apply to your classroom. I especially loved the running the room episode. The sound quality is really poor though. I find it hard to hear both sides of the conversation clearly and the stings are really loud in comparison.

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