The week in audio: Two Mr Ps in a Pod(cast); Teach Me a Lesson; Schools Apart and more | Radio

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Two Mr Ps in a Pod(forged) | Podcast
Train Me a Lesson
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Faculties Aside (BBC Radio 4) | BBC Sounds
Evaluation: What Is Childcare For? (BBC Radio 4) | BBC Sounds
Drama on 3: He Do The Waste Land in Totally different Voices (BBC Radio 3) | BBC Sounds

What with all of the fuss about who has, or who ought to have, their finger on the education transient, I really feel it’s time to evaluation some teacher-y audio. First up, let’s hear from the lecturers themselves. Two Mr Ps in a Pod(cast) is a jolly weekly providing hosted by two ex-primary college lecturers who’re nonetheless concerned in education: Mr P (Lee Parkinson) and his brother, Adam, AKA The Different Mr P. Their podcast has a big social media presence and plenty of vastly enthusiastic listeners.

Although they’re wonderful at nifty on-line snippets – ICT is Mr P’s speciality – the Two Mr Ps’ podcast just isn’t as sharp as their TikToks. Most episodes might do with a very good 20 minutes being edited out. Episode 117, supposedly based mostly round Sats exams – an apparently controversial matter for each lecturers and oldsters – spent far too lengthy on the Mr Ps telling us, intimately, about their current reside gigs: one had a wonderful rider, apparently. Plus, for a podcast that sells itself on the humorous, the joke requirements are, frankly, low. The Different Mr P advised us an anecdote about his McDonald’s order being quantity 007 and him saying “the identify’s Donald, McDonald” to the server when he was known as to the counter. “It was grade-A bantz!” he insisted. Once they lastly obtained spherical to discussing Sats, Mr P had some nice factors – why Sats don’t work, how they have an effect on GCSEs – however even that might have achieved with a sharper edit. Nonetheless, their heat, up-for-a-laugh tone is impeccable, as are their observations about madly pushy mother and father, and it’s these which have gained the present its 1000’s of followers.

Greg James and Bella Mackie, hosts of Teach Me a Lesson.
‘Reminds you ways nice educating can enthuse us all’: Greg James and Bella Mackie, hosts of Train Me a Lesson. BBC

For one thing extra structured (and higher produced), you may strive Teach Me a Lesson, a podcast fronted by Radio 1’s Greg James and his spouse, writer and journalist Bella Mackie, which will get lecturers to undergo their most fascinating lesson on air. James is, clearly, a wonderful presenter, and Mackie is sweet too. However that’s not why we’re right here. The meat of the present is an abridged lesson (or an abridged collection of classes) on one matter, given by a real-life instructor. These are surprisingly fascinating. Miss Sheridan’s yr 6 lesson on How you can By no means Lose a Penalty Shootout lined historical past, geography, and a few correctly fascinating statistics and knowledge. Mr Grindrod’s Can Maths Clarify What We Discover Lovely?, a secondary college lesson overlaying the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio, can be a pleasant one. This podcast isn’t going to vary your life, nevertheless it positively reminds you ways nice educating can illuminate and enthuse us all.

Some inspiring content material in these classes, however lest we overlook, all lecturers must comply with the nationwide curriculum. A number of days in the past, an fascinating Radio 4 programme checked out whether or not this strategy serves all pupils. In Schools Apart, movie and theatre producer Anwar Akhtar went again to his old skool, Loreto faculty, in Hulme, Manchester. Although it’s a Catholic college, Loreto is a multicultural, multifaith neighborhood. A son of Pakistani immigrants, Akhtar thinks the college served him properly, and wish to see comparable mixing in different colleges. This doesn’t at all times occur: in some blended areas, colleges turn into monocultural due to pupil consumption. In Oldham, he talked to a faculty chief who solved this by merging two colleges: Counthill college, predominantly white, and Breeze Hill college, predominantly Asian, to type a brand new academy. It’s proved an awesome success. Lecturers additionally mentioned whether or not the present curriculum contains all pupils. It’s all very properly increasing the curriculum to incorporate black, Asian and minority ethnic expertise, nevertheless it’s necessary to make sure that minority life isn’t simply represented as traumatic. An fascinating programme, engagingly introduced.

Additionally on Radio 4, on this week’s Analysis, Extra Or Much less’s Charlotte McDonald took a take a look at preschool childcare. Is it for the mother and father, or the kids? Totally different governments have given completely different emphases, although it’s putting how a lot discuss is about getting mother and father to work, fairly than making certain that these very younger kids are being helped with their improvement. McDonald spoke to a public chief in Quebec the place, within the late 90s, simply 50% of girls with kids below 5 had been working. As soon as low cost childcare was created ($5 a day! Think about!), that went as much as 70%.

TS Eliot
TS Eliot, Getty Pictures

Lastly, for individuals who’d wish to be higher educated, Radio 3 has a 20-minute preamble to a specifically recorded model of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, out right this moment. As an Eng Lit dunce, I discovered it fascinating. And the studying is properly achieved too, although overly stagey at occasions. I just like the working-class sections, however the fruity, whither-me posh elements typically vanish into meaningless modulation, like a pop track the place you like the rhythm however can’t make head nor tail of the lyrics. Again to highschool for me.

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