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.
Rhys Stephenson: Discovering drama, scoring a 40 on Strictly, keeping in touch with teachers
In this My Best Teacher podcast, we chat to TV entertainer and Strictly Come Dancing star Rhys Stephenson about his time in school including:
Learning to love drama at primary school
Feeding horse on the way to school
Giving up on backpacks at secondary school
Wonderful teachers who still support him now
The joy of dancing and achieving a hallowed 40 on Strictly
Samira Ahmed: Bible stories, learning German, eating apples, day trips on trains
In this My Best Teacher podcast, we chat to journalist, author and broadcaster Samira Ahmed about her schools days including
The memorable teachers that play a crucial role in her career success
Why she was a sponge for most subjects at school
Trips out on trains and eating hot dogs
Teenage romances on skiing holidays
Why eating apples outside school was once the height of bad behaviour.
Michael Rosen: Wonderful teachers, post-war memories, learning to walk again
We chat to legendary children's writer Michael Rosen about his school days, the many teachers he recalls with fondness and the events that took place during that time including::
A crazy phrase he brought home from nursery school that baffled his parents
A frustrated actor English teacher who was a 'breathe of fresh air'
A teacher who spotted his writing abilities from a young age - and let him know about it
Why he wrote a new book about learning to walk again - and how it might help others
The importance of empathy
Simon Farnaby: Oscar Wilde, long bus trips, Paddington, Warriors and terrible trips
We chat to the actor and writer Simon Farnaby, best known for appearing in Ghosts, Horrible Histories, and The Detectorists and for co-writing Paddington 2 about his school days, including:
What it was like going to a tiny school of under 20 pupils
Winning an art competition - despite not being very good at drawing
An English teacher who said it was ok not to like Shakespeare
Why school trips were not a source of great joy
His new book, The Warrior in My Wardrobe
Gordon Buchanan: Home economics, times tables tests, visiting Germany, polar bears
We chat to wildlife documentary filmmaker Gordon Buchanan about his time in education, including
The teachers that he remembers with fondness - and what happened when he bumped into them again
Learning a love of cooking from home economics - and eating lasagna
Why he never really enjoyed times tables tests - and still doesn't
Some memorable wildlife encounters
Why a school trip to Germany remains his biggest 'wow' moment when travelling the world
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.