Posts by Mark Taylor

049: Bonus Ep. – Better Leaders Better Schools with Daniel Bauer

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I interview fellow educator Daniel Bauer from the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.

Daniel E. Bauer helps school leaders create winning cultures, focus on the essential, and lead with courage and integrity.



Better Leaders Better Schools is designed to connect excellent leaders in education and promote leadership development.  My passion is developing leaders to their fullest potential – there is nothing greater than this. I accomplish this through creating free consistent content on the blog and podcast as well as offering premium services (like masterminds) that accelerate leadership growth.

We discuss:

  • saying ‘Yes and’ and what that means
  • taking away obstacles to make things happen
  • how to support teachers
  • masterminds/mentors
  • creativity
  • FREE resources

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For full details visit his website at

Twitter @alienearbud



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048: Charanga – Best-selling online resource for primary music

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Charanga is the best-selling, modern resource for primary music — online, easy to use and great value.


  • A complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music
  • A vast library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps
  • In-depth support for assessment, SEND and personalised teaching and learning

Winner of Best Digital Resource in the Music Teacher Magazine Awards 2015

I chat to founder Mark Burke about the history of the company.

We cover:

  • How things have changed in technology over their 20 years
  • The engagement with over 7000 schools
  • Working in partnerships with over 100 Music Hubs
  • How it is used by both music specialists and non-music specialist teachers
  • International Expansion
  • FREE trials


You can listen to the full podcast at and search for Charanga in the search bar.

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047: First steps in teaching Primary Music with Carol Aveyard

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Teaching primary music is often a frightening thought for teachers. Carol Aveyard has over 25 years experience working as a music teacher for music services, primary schools and private practice in the UK and USA.

We discuss simple free ideas every classroom teacher can implement easily. Fear often comes from the unknown, so we take music back to basics and walk you through examples of lessons that will have your classes filled with rhythm and song to give a wonderful foundation on which to build a thriving musical culture in your school.

Here are some of the resources we talk about:


Interviews from this season referring to our cluster music events with Andy Williams from EWS and Hartwell Primary School please search for:

041: Our primary music project with Andy Williams – Head of Music at Elizabeth Woodville School

042: How music was embedded at Hartwell Primary School with Jayne Clancy

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046: Music and Drama Education Expo Manchester 2017

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Recorded during my visit to the Music and Drama Education Expo in Manchester 2017 I learn to play the spoons! I talk to Orchestras For All about how you can create an ensemble and perform at regional and national events. I learn about Friday Afternoons a singing project from Snape Maltings that started with songs written by Benjamin Britten, Musicals suitable to perform in your school, Nuvo musical instruments and Unistage for all your performing space needs.


To book tickets for 2018 and find out full details of the Music and Drama Education Expo



Orchestras for All has a big vision: music without boundaries.

Our mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives.



Friday Afternoons is about encouraging young people to sing. Our newly composed songs and support material aim to help teachers develop their students’ skills – as performers, listeners and composers.



Musical Instruments






Portable Staging For Your Next Performance

Unistage: The UK’s Most Flexible & Portable Staging System, for Over 20 Years. Perfect for Schools, Community & Commercial. Universal, Value for Money.




KS2 Musicals

If you are looking for School Musicals KS2, look no further! Our ever-expanding repertoire of brand new school musicals KS2, all perfectly suited to pupils in Years 5 and 6 – and perhaps even Year 4 – provide a host of memorable characters, great story-lines and unforgettable songs which children will love to sing, teachers will love to teach and audiences will love to hear. What’s more, with the children fully engaged, the rehearsal process can even be fun and stress-free.

Gospel Warm up!


Thanks to all those involved in this episode of

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045: How to use movement and dance in primary schools with Alison Swann

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Alison Swann talks about her experience in using movement and dance to support all areas of the primary school curriculum.

Alison is a Dance in Education Specialist with 30 years experience. She trained at Laban (now Trinity Laban) in Contemporary Technique and Movement Analysis.

Dance Educates strives to raise standards through a multisensory approach to learning, supporting teachers in delivering your curriculum through cross-curricular dance and movement sessions.

We believe an exciting, social and creative learning environment is the key to children and young people engaging and retaining knowledge enabling them to be confident learners and building skills for life.

What we do:

  • We offer CPD courses and INSET workshops
  • We work with EYFS through to Key Stage 5
  • We have over 20 years experience of dance in education
  • We continue to support teachers and Artists after the programmes have finished
  • We have worked with institutions such as the Royal Opera HouseTrinity LabanThe Place and the Richard Alston Dance Company


To find out more information about the ‘Music and the Arts in primary schools’ season please visit

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