My top downloaded education podcasts in seasons 1-4


So as I am finishing up my season 4 I thought it would be interesting to look back at the Education on Fire journey so far with my top downloaded education podcasts in seasons 1-4.   We have people listening in over 65 countries around the world from the UK to New Zealand. Wow I really didn’t realise we would reach so far around the globe, thank you.   Just to give a sense of how far we have travelled here are the top downloaded podcasts in each season. I would be interested to know if these were your favourites or if the conversations really supported you in anyway?


  • Season 1.

My interview with Janice Mardell – Headteacher from Overstone Primary School.  If this environment could be created in every school then I think we would have some very inspired children on a path of discovery.


  • Season 2.

ICT with Mr.P Mr Parkinson is a primary school teacher who specialises in the use of technology to raise standards across the curriculum. His training and INSET provides teachers with a wealth of knowledge on the most engaging and inspiring ways to improve standards in Literacy, Numeracy and the NEW primary Curriculum using modern technology.


  • Season 3.

Men of Abundance podcaster Wally Carmichael and his son Dalton talked to me as I continued to ask ‘What do children think about their schooling? We get some great insights from Dalton about selling old toys to create income and Wally talks about his own experiences and those of his older sons. We discuss practical learning as well as traditional academia and how this can help learning skills for trade jobs and not just degrees. The different ways  that we all learn and how the personalised approach is supportive for everyone not just those who seem to be struggling. How education can still be linked back to the ideals of the industrial revolution and what is needed to help children prepare for the workforce of the future .


  • Season 4.

Jayne Clancy was Headteacher of Hartwell Primary School for 13 years. I spoke to her at the end of the summer term 2017 in her final weeks before retiring. I wanted to interview Jayne because living locally I know what a fabulously musical school Hartwell is. I didn’t realise at the time Jayne was retiring, so this is a really fitting look back at how  music in the school has played such a big part in creating a rich environment for the pupils. I wanted to share how it is possible for you to put music at the heart of your school to aid the whole curriculum, not diminish it.


  • Bonus Episodes.

Listen to Bruce Langford host of the Mindfulness Mode Podcast  interview me about my thoughts on education and how my schooling supported me to follow my dreams and become a professional musician.


I really appreciate you listening and for all the comments and emails. If you have any thoughts on what season 5 should focus on please drop me a line at

Don’t miss the last episode in season 4 next week. I will reveal my biggest takeaways and have a limited time musical offer for your school that you won’t want to miss. If you enjoy listening to education podcasts please share some of your favourites for us all to explore.

Thanks for inspiring and keep up the great work.

Mark Taylor – Creator & Host

Education on Fire

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Sir Ken Robinson

A TED talk video about creating a movement of change for education. If you want to make a difference please take a look.

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Start Your Day With Gratitude & Change Your Life

I hope this podcast can help you create the daily experience that supports you to be the best ‘you’ you can be for all those you teach.

Georgian Benta – Gratitude Podcast

Inspiring 100,000 People to Live Grateful Lives Gratitude is the one thing that helped me most in my life from all the personal development and spiritual practices that I did and that’s why I want to inspire 100.000 people to discover how to feel grateful more often and live a happy life. “It’s not happiness that makes us grateful; it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” – David Steindl-Rast I do this by interviewing successful people and getting them to share fascinating stories about how gratitude has helped them get to where they are now, what they did when it was hard to feel grateful and what they do to be grateful consistently as a habit for a beautiful life. The Gratitude Podcast is meant to be your weekly source of inspiration, to lift you up when you feel down, to help you find new ways of making gratitude a habit, so you’re life is filled with more and more reasons to be grateful and happy.




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Teacher Development Fund from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

If you are a school or arts organisation that would like to apply for funding to support teachers deliver arts in our primary schools this is available now from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


The Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

Each year we expect to make around five grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years.

There will be a single annual deadline for the Teacher Development Fund. The next deadline is 23 March 2018.

Our focus is on:

  • Primary schools
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts
  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning
  • Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
  • The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
  • Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.

In order to understand the context of teacher continuing professional development and learning across the UK, PHF has funded seven pilot projects (June 2016 to July 2018). During the pilot phase, we have worked in partnership with the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) who has undertaken formative evaluation and delivered a programme of grantee learning. An evaluation report on the first year of the pilot phase is available here.

The films and blogs included in this area of the site give further detail about the purpose and priorities of the Teacher Development Fund and the work of the pilot projects.

If you would like to receive details of future deadlines for the Teacher Development Fund, please e-mail


Teacher Development Fund

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