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Mr M's Musings: The Podcast

Mr M's Musings: The Podcast

By Mr M
If you're into education, this is the podcast for you!
Episode 21: DfE Update: July
Short and sweet this week! Read along with me by checking out the blog post over at, where you will also find the link I mention in the ep! 
July 02, 2022
Episode 20: Four Ways to Speed up Writing Reports!
This week I'm reviewing report writing software! Check out the blog post for a transcript AND some of those sweet, sweet visuals I mention. MrM'
June 24, 2022
Episode 19: Dealing with the Behaviour Problem
Have you ever had to send a child out of the room? Then you need to listen to this. Show notes available as a blog post over at MrM'
June 18, 2022
Episode 18: The REAL Reason Children Misbehave
Show notes, complete with all the referenced articles can be found at NOT in the show notes tab this week; in the blog post of the same name.
June 10, 2022
Episode 17: A Look Through the News LIVE(-ish)!
This brain-foggy week, I look at and comment on articles from a couple of newspapers. The first, from, is about pen licences. The second is from The Guardian and is about Michael Morpurgo’s dislike of how children are taught grammar. It’s a bit of a different approach this week; I’d love to know what you think of it!
May 27, 2022
Episode 16: Handwriting!
I recently opened up a can of worms over on Twitter. Here's the result! Show notes over at
May 23, 2022
Episode 15: Burning Books? Seriously?
You can find show notes over at Mr M's
May 13, 2022
Episode 14: VAK with Special Guest Lauren Headley!
A fun episode but a nightmare to edit. Show notes available over at
May 06, 2022
Episode 13: Education Update - May 2022
Everything you need to know about the Department for Education's updated policies and practices in one place! For show notes, head over to
April 29, 2022
Episode 12: Seven Skills for Successful Children
Did you know there were just seven skills you need to teach children in order for them to be successful? This podcast, along with the accompanying blog post ( reveals all seven and tells you how you are already teaching them!
April 22, 2022
Episode 11: SEND-ing a Message
This week is all about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. For show notes, head over to and click on Show Notes!
April 14, 2022
Episode 9: Overprotected
It's the Easter break here in England so I am trying something a little different. Instead of a dive into the world of education, or a commentary on the latest classroom innovations, I am sharing one of my Reading Comprehension papers... FOR FREE!! Head over to for show notes, which this week include the full examination-grade test WITH test questions!
April 10, 2022
Episode 10: The Lion... King?
It's the second week of the Easter break here in England so please enjoy the second of my free-to-my-listeners exam-grade comprehension papers! For a printable text copy WITH questions, head over to and click on PODCAST SHOW NOTES!
April 09, 2022
Episode 8: Write On, Kids!
Ever had to convince a reluctant writer to get something on the page? This week we are all over that topic! For show notes, head over to
March 25, 2022
Episode 7: A look through the news!
This week I have a look through some TES news articles. There are concerns over the achievement gaps for 7-year-olds; concerns over the experience levels of Secondary teachers in England; and concerns about the SATs going ahead this year. All in all, a positive news week! For show notes, head over to (I am working on a website to better host these notes AND tie the blog posts together with them). 
March 18, 2022
Episode 6: Logically Index-Sorted Tasks!
Welcome to episode 6, which is all about the joys of lists! In this episode, I talk about four ways that using lists can transform your teaching life. For a full (ish) script and all the show notes, head over to This might not be pretty but, until I have the time to create website to accompany this podcast, it's the easiest way to share links with you that actually work!
March 11, 2022
Episode 5: DfE Update: March 2022
A veritable smorgasbord of information for you this month. COVID-19 updates (00:30) Interactive Buying Guides for Schools (01:55) Webinars to help schools improve and maintain attendance (03:00) Help and advice for talking to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (04:05) Get the Jump – new skills content hub and toolkit (06:20) National School Breakfast Programme (07:46) Helping schools to deliver excellence in computing (09:23) And finally... (11:30) For links, head over to (Anchor won't let me add hyperlinks!).
March 02, 2022
Episode 4: World Book Day Terrible Audio Special!
Do you like World Book Day? Are you from anywhere other than the UK and confused as to why I am putting out a World Book Day episode 57 days early? Are you, in fact, FROM the UK and wondering why I am saying that this episode is 57 days early?  All these questions will be answered in this weeks very special episode of Mr M's Musings! Well... if I call it a 'special' then that implies that it is a one-off, right?  In this week's episode, Mr M completely forgets that he had unplugged his microphone and as a result the audio quality of the main body of the episode is pants. But I am a life-long-learner and still fairly new to the whole podcasting gig AND I have zero time to re-record so I apologise but the quality is not great this week.
February 25, 2022
Episode 3: 20 Marking Hacks (plus a bonus!)
Hello listeners!  I somehow managed to delete my previous podcast files - the entire folder has gone.  As a result, I have a brand-new opening and closing section.  I hope you like it! Marking books is the bane of every teacher's life.  I have rounded up 20 of the best tips and tricks to reduce the workload.  I have personally tried all but two of them so I can definitely recommend them. 02:24 Use a spreadsheet to create generic feedback 03:44 PARA marking - Praise, Action, Response, Acknowledge 05:01 Exit cards / Entry cards 06:45 Mark to agreed criteria 07:40 Vertical marking (works best in English) 09:30 "Marking practice that does not have the desired impact on pupil outcomes is a time-wasting burden for teachers that has to stop." (DfE) 10:00 Marking should be meaningful,  manageable and motivating. (DfE) 11:36 When do the children respond? DIRT 12:42 Limit your written feedback. 13:30 Children should receive feedback either within the lesson itself or in the next appropriate lesson 13:40 Adults should ALWAYS walk around the class with the correct colour pen to get as much as possible done on the go. 15:19 Always train children to leave books open on the page. 16:30 Use a ‘Class Marking Sheet’ 17:57 Free-writing Fridays - sit with a group. 19:29 Close the door and mark 19:56 Host a marking club for adults 20:40 Mark in class 21:35 Run a marking club for children 23:43 Pick a group and focus on them. 25:36 Coded feedback 26:54 Only mark a little bit… but mark it well.
February 15, 2022
Episode 2: DfE Update: February 2022
Your monthly digest of the Department for Education updates.  This week: Early Exam materials, Mental Health in Schools and the effects of racism on self-esteem. For a written version of this podcast, head over to my blog: Mr M's Musings. I have a cold (not COVID), so I'm sounding a little congested and my brain is a little fuggy but I made it through!  I forgot to mention that the research for the Anna Freud centre runs from March to April NEXT YEAR so there is still plenty of time to register your interest. The links in this episode are: Joint Council for Qualifications AQA's advice (foundation and higher tier maths formulae sheet) OCR's advice Pearson's advice Eduqas's advice General advice for staff and students Place2Be  Virtual assemblies. How to make a Support Balloon Mental Health Week resources Secondary schools, take part in Wellness research here Podcast series on racism and mental health. Transcripts for those podcasts.
February 08, 2022
Episode 1: DfE Update: January 2022
**EDIT!!  In the podcasts, I say that 3 in 10 children will experience some form of sexual abuse before they are 16.  This was an error, it is 1 in 10.  Having said that, it is still too many so the point stands.** I know it's late!  I will do better next time.  This is a monthly roundup of all the changes the Department for Education has made in January.  There's COVID news, advice on what do to with your CO2 monitors, invites to free sexual abuse awareness webinars and school's football information. There's also a cameo appearance from my neighbour's very loud drill. Links mentioned: The blog post:  The CO2 video: Ventilation and CO2 monitoring for schools The KCSiE Consultation: Register your interest The Stop Abuse Together website: Here Sexual Abuse and Harassment workshops: Register here Resources for health and infections: Football in Schools: Register your interest National Tutoring Programme: National and Regional webinars
February 02, 2022
Pilot (Episode 0): The very first Mr Ms Musings Podcast!
This is the first time I have ever recorded a podcast - it's kind of a trial run.  That being said, the content is relevant if you're a teacher or in any way involved in education. Join in the conversation! Email me at Tweet me @Mr_M_Musings
February 01, 2022