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183: The power of honest feedback with Coach Steve Pfrenzinger

By Mark Taylor | January 18, 2021 |

How important is honest feedback is in your life and development?‘What don’t you know about you? Have you ever wondered if you had special skills or talents that you simply don’t know about? Some amazing ability that would change everything? That is what self-awareness helps you discover via the often-feared, honest feedback.’Imagine taking these insights into…

182: Teach Active with Jon Smedley

By Mark Taylor | January 11, 2021 |

Jon Smedley has over 20 years’ experience within education, as a senior leader, a Primary Advisor and PE consultant. He works with schools across the UK and internationally, promoting the rationale and benefits of an active school day and focusing on how this can be achieved through active lessons and active teaching and learning strategies.…

181: Challenging Learning with James Nottingham

By Mark Taylor | January 4, 2021 |

James Nottingham is the founding director of Challenging Learning, a group of companies with 25 staff in six countries. He is a world-renowned keynote speaker and author and creator of the Learning Pit®, one of the most popular ways to encourage and structure questioning, challenge, and reflection. His first book, Challenging Learning, was published in…

180: End of year review 2020

By Mark Taylor | December 28, 2020 |

This week I look back at what we have achieved in 2020. 133 countries 3 podcasts 290+ episodes GoFundMe Book Campaign Facebook Group Primary Music on Fire membership About to break 50,000 downloads Join the Education on Fire Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/326839888272595 If you would like to support our GoFundMe campaign to create a valuable…

Year review and 2021 conference – NAPE 057

By Mark Taylor | December 22, 2020 |

This week we look back at what the National Association for Primary Education has achieved in 2020 and take a glimpse into 2021. Our FREE resources have expanded for you in forms of: Podcasts YouTube e-copies of our journal Primary First TEACHING HANDWRITING BY CHRISTOPHER JARMAN There is now a new, 3rd Edition Teachers’ Handwriting…

179: Master your mind master your life with Nicholas Lee

By Mark Taylor | December 21, 2020 |

This week we explore an entrepreneurs view of how your upbringing and education can help but also limit your view of life. Understanding how to master your mind and being aware of the stories you tell yourself can be life changing. Nicholas is a Chartered Accountant, turned entrepreneur. His goal is to share information that…

178: The Sport of School with Christian Buck

By Mark Taylor | December 14, 2020 |

How to raise your game on the field, in the classroom and in your life by improving your mindset. Do you recognise yourself as one of these types of people? The Workhorse The intellectual The Rookie The Natural Talent The Spectator Today we explore how understanding who we are, where we are and what we…

177: How to improve teacher observations with Craig Randall

By Mark Taylor | December 7, 2020 |

The teacher observation evaluation process is supposed to improve teaching and learning, but research makes it clear that it doesn’t. In fact, it creates fear, which stifles teacher innovation and risk-taking. Today I chat with Craig Randall about how ‘Trust-Based Observations’ changes that.  Using emotional intelligence to build trusting relationships. Focusing on strengths. Eliminating evaluative…

176: Closing the maths attainment gap with Third Space Learning

By Mark Taylor | November 30, 2020 |

Third Space Learning was founded in 2013 with the goal of making one-to-one tuition accessible to children in need.  Closing the maths attainment gap with one to one teaching. Personalised online maths lessons from specialist tutors. Over three quarters or English Primary schools are signed up to the Third Space Platform, and the company has delivered over 800,000…

Bringing STEM to life through real-world engineering – NAPE 056

By Mark Taylor | November 29, 2020 |

Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive at EngineeringUK talks to Mark Taylor about Neon. Neon brings together the UK’s best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real-world examples of engineering.  Finding engaging activities to show where engineering is used in the real world can take time. So, we…

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