Teacher Training Opportunities this Summer at the Royal Opera House

Dear Teacher,

The Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programmes place creative learning at the centre of every child’s education, attainment and experience. Our online resources, written by experienced teachers, are high quality, inspirational materials that can be adapted to all classrooms and student abilities.

Explore the programmes and develop your skills at our CPD Days at the Royal Opera House in July!

• imaginative classroom creative activities based on dance and singing

• digital resources to use in ways that suit the needs of your students

• a 10, 5 or 2 week scheme of work aligned to the National Curriculum


Create and Dance Nutcracker
Thursday 05 July; 9.00-4.00pm

To develop your skills in dance pedagogy and choreography

NB. The Nutcracker programme costs £150 for 1 teacher and a class of 30 to complete and includes the INSET, mid point support, a creative challenge with prizes and cinema visit to see The Nutcracker ballet.

For more information or to sign up email create&dance@roh.org.uk or call 0203 772 6373

Create and Sing Carmen
Friday 06 July; 9.00-3.30pm

To develop skills in singing, directing and conducting working with a vocal lead and a director in a series of classroom activities inspired by Bizet’s Carmen. This CPD is FREE.

For more information or to sign up email Createandsing@roh.org.uk or call 0203 772 6291


For further information about our other Learning programmes, please visit our online learning platform here.



‘It has been one of the best things I have done with my class! The use of appraisal and listening to each other has trickled through into other subjects; not just this project. I’ve felt the impact even on their writing, they are much more open to feedback and evaluation.’
Create and Dance Nutcracker Class Teacher, Helpringham Primary School

“Teaching Opera… not as something high, elite and exclusive – it’s very accessible and has very tangible skills to take away.”
Create and Sing Carmen Class Teacher, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Greater London

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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.   https://www.educationonfire.com/003-nurture-aspirational-ambitious-curious-learners-janice-mardell-headteacher-overstone-primary-school/


  • 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.   https://www.educationonfire.com/023-ict-with-mr-p-using-technology-to-raise-standards/


  • 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 .   https://www.educationonfire.com/036-men-abundance-podcaster-wally-carmichael-son-talk-schooling/


  • 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.   https://www.educationonfire.com/042-embed-music-primary-school-jayne-clancy/


  • 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.   https://www.educationonfire.com/032-bonus-episode-bruce-langford-interviews-mark/


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 mark@educationonfire.com

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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