24 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.

    Rhys Stephenson: Discovering drama, scoring a 40 on Strictly, keeping in touch with teachers

    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

    • 45 min
    Samira Ahmed: Bible stories, learning German, eating apples, day trips on trains

    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.

    • 44 min
    Michael Rosen: Wonderful teachers, post-war memories, learning to walk again

    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

    • 45 min
    Simon Farnaby: Oscar Wilde, long bus trips, Paddington, Warriors and terrible trips

    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

    • 38 min
    Gordon Buchanan: Home economics, times tables tests, visiting Germany, polar bears

    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

    • 40 min
    Sathnam Sanghera: Practical jokes, selling packed lunches, inspiring teachers, teaching colonialism

    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.

    • 33 min

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