Hands Up!

Jordan Firth & Mark Tomlinson

The education podcast that takes a light-hearted look at the things that make teaching, being an educator or just being part of school, a truly unique experience. Regular segments include our Teacher Top 5, a famous fictional school review and discussion of some recent teacher talking points.

All Episodes

Being a teacher's hard, so we take a look at some top 'teacher hacks' to try and make it little bit easier. Don't say you never learn anything listening to Hands Up! In this episode:We ask Year 2: What would you do if you were prime minister?Teacher HacksThe Disney TV Show 'Recess'Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

E

Nov 23

33 min 44 sec

'Oh, you'll be fine, stick a wet paper towel on it!' This week we're discussing the tried and tested cures of the classroom. From 'take some little sips of water' to 'it's lunchtime soon you might just be hungry' - We hear why you'd all make, frankly, rubbish GPs.In this episode:We ask Year 2: What would you change about Mr Firth?Classroom CuresThe School of Hard KnocksFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

E

Oct 18

30 min 30 sec

We're baa-aack! And boy oh boy is it good to be back. In this episode:What Year 2 would wish for Your worst parental complaintsGreyfriar's SchoolFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

E

Sep 27

34 min 45 sec

Podcasts aren't great for showing but we've got plenty to tell with your stories about... Show & tell!In this episode:The politics of lining up!Your show & tell storiesBreakfast ClubFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Oct 2020

29 min 46 sec

The saying goes - Never work with children or animals. Seems like a lot of you work with both! In this episode:Little Teacher WinsClass PetsRipping YarnsFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

E

Oct 2020

28 min 31 sec

Which Podcast is going to bring you some of the cringiest teacher moments? Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller?In this episode:Things they didn't teach me on my PGCE... and that I still don't know now.Your cringiest teacher momentsFerris Bueller's Day OffFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Sep 2020

26 min 9 sec

We're back! Brand-new school year, brand-new series, classic Hands Up! Podcast format! In this episode:School-related items you could use as currencyIf someone was taking one thing from your classroom, what would you be dreading they pick up?Saved By The Bell Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Sep 2020

27 min 38 sec

Back-to-school is upon us! However that makes you feel, we're here to discuss it in this special 'pre-season' episode which, as a one-off special, moves away from the usual Hands Up! Format. In this episode:We look at advice for NQTsRemind ourselves why we got into teaching Discuss the new school yearWe'll be back very soon for Season 4 and with our usual format!Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Sep 2020

25 min 12 sec

It's another special guest episode! We have speaker, author, travelling teacher and all-round nice guy Hywel Roberts with us as a guest host for the whole of this slightly film-themed episode of our education podcast! In this episode:Jordan counts down his top 5 fictional teacher baddiesMark looks at the movie 'Carry on Teacher' for his famous fictional schoolFor our Teacher Talking Point we asked you to describe your average day teaching with a movie titleAnd of course we'll be chatting to Hywel throughout the show with an interview segment at the end.Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

May 2020

46 min 38 sec

It's a very special guest episode! We have the one and only 'ICT with Mr P' - Lee Parkinson as a guest host for the whole show! In this episode:Jordan counts down 5 fictional students he'd love to have in his classMark looks at Disney movie 'Jack' for his famous fictional schoolOur teacher talking point is talking about the strangest interview questions you've ever been askedAnd of course we'll be chatting to Lee throughout the show with an interview segment at the end. Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

May 2020

46 min 36 sec

Accio Hands Up! Podcast! Grab yourself a butter-beer, a pumpkin pasty and a chocolate frog, sit by the common room fireplace and enjoy the Harry Potter special of the Hands Up! Podcast.In this episode:Jordan counts down the things you'd overhear students say in the Hogwarts corridorsMark looks at Hogwarts, of course, in his Famous Fictional SchoolAnd, for our Teacher Talking Point, we asked you what additional thing you'd need to learn on your PGCE if you wanted to teach in the wizarding worldFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Apr 2020

36 min 15 sec

Tell me about the skills from your previous job that will help you in the classroom... Not a job interview question, but something we look into in this episode! Were you you a farmer? Herding 120 sheep into one place is great prep for getting your class into assembly. Actor? Best nativities ever! Hostage negotiator? A sure-hand at dealing with parents.In this episode:Jordan counts down the things you hear in every Zoom meetingMark looks at Waterloo Road in his Famous Fictional SchoolAnd, as mentioned, our Teacher Talking Point looks at your careers before teaching and how they set you up for the wild word of education and all that is throws at youFollow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Apr 2020

31 min 58 sec

If you want an honest opinion on something - ask a five year old! In this episode:Jordan counts down 5 classic playground insultsMark looks at the New York School of Performing Arts from Fame in his famous fictional school Our teacher talking point this week is the most memorable insult you've heard a child sayWe discuss our experience of when we were interviewed on the American education podcast 'Unprofessional Development'Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.ukThe Unprofessional Development episode we feature on can be found here: https://unpro.podbean.com/e/ep-14-hand-up-guys/And they can be found on Twitter as: @unprocast

Apr 2020

27 min 43 sec

It's a music special and one of our favourite episodes yet! Join Jordan & Mark as they go through their usual format but each with a music theme! Jordan will count down the 5 different sorts of people you see when you have to sing in assembly, Mark will be looking at how schools are portrayed in pop music and for our Teacher Talking Point we were asking you for your best teacher-themed band names. Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Apr 2020

24 min 29 sec

We see how Jordan & Mark are getting on in lockdown in their first ever remote podcast! We have a (brief) COVID-19 catch up and then get on with the show! Jordan counts down 5 Top Teacher Hacks, we ask; what would teacher job adverts look like if they were honest? And Mark looks at at BBC Sitcom 'Big School' Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Mar 2020

31 min 3 sec

Need some positivity in your life at the minute? Who doesn't right? Come join us on this COVID-free podcast where we continue to make light of the educational world, just the remedy you need! Jordan counts down the Top 5 Playground Games, our teacher talking point this week is looking at the funniest/most outrageous interactions you've ever had with a parent, Mark will be looking at the school from CBBC show ‘Class Dismissed’ in his Famous Fictional School and our guest this week is Year 6 teacher, reading lead, book reviewer and all-round children’s-book guru, Emily Weston! Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Mar 2020

33 min 30 sec

Jordan counts down the top 5 things that happen in schools in movies but that never happen in real life, Mark looks at the career of South Park's Mr Garrison as part of his Famous Fictional School and we'll be finding out what YOU got in trouble for at school.We were interviewed on the radio this week about the podcast and, following feedback from a podcast review about wanting to know more about the Hands Up! hosts (keep these coming in by the way), we decided that this week's guests would be... us! So we'll look closer at our radio interview.Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Mar 2020

31 min 31 sec

There's no Mark in this week's podcast! He's had to stay in at playtime and think long and hard about what he's done but he has pre-recorded an actual review of TV show 'Teachers' this time. Jordan is instead joined in the studio by this week's guest. She's a deputy headteacher, the manager of a primary initial teacher training provider (and, side-note, also Jordan's wife!) Antonia Firth! Jordan counts down the top 5 school dinners and we discuss how to spot a teacher in the wild, featuring your tweets! Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Mar 2020

31 min 37 sec

Love is in the air and we're back for a third season with another slight format change! In this episode Jordan ranks the school holidays from best to worst, Mark (kind of) looks at the TV show 'Teachers' as part of his Famous Fictional School and we'll be charming the socks of each other as we look at the #EduValentinesLines trend.We're also thrilled to announce our new guest segment! Where we’ll ask fellow educators about their experiences. In this episode we're joined by wellbeing award winner Cate Knight! aka @MissyMusician81 on Twitter, aka the girl who threw up in a recorder, if you're familiar with the podcast.  Follow us on Twitter (@HandsUpPod) to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Mar 2020

32 min 14 sec

We recorded a podcast the day after an Ofsted. Good idea? Bad idea? Genius move? Total disaster? You tell us. In this episode Jordan's countdown is the 5 stages of emotion you feel after an Ofsted call, Mark is looking at 70's TV show 'Playschool' as part of his Famous Fictional School and they both discuss your feedback from our two featured discussions:As teachers we’re quite often guilty of the phrase ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ - What are you hypocritical about to your own class? #WhatTheyDidntTeachMeOnMyPGCEFollow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Feb 2020

37 min 21 sec

Confession, it's good for the soul... right? In this episode Jordan's countdown translates what your work emails really mean, Mark's Famous Fictional School is the one from the classic move 'Kes' and they both discuss your feedback from our two featured discussions:Teacher confessionsThe argument for and against David WalliamsFollow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share!www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Feb 2020

35 min 50 sec

Make this podcast your alternative 'Get Into Teaching' advert! Jordan counts down the Top 10 teacher phrases you said you'd never say, Mark's Famous Fictional School is The School of Rock and they both discuss your feedback from our two featured discussions:What would be featured on a realistic Get Into Teaching advert?The problem with 'non-negotiables' Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodAnd don't forget to subscribe, review and share! It's non-negotiable 😉www.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Jan 2020

38 min 13 sec

It's our funniest episode yet, and it's all down to you and your stories! Jordan counts down the Top 5 Bible stories we somehow think are appropriate for 5-year-olds, Mark looks at Summer Heights High and, more specifically, Mr G and  they both discuss your feedback from our two featured questions:There was no rescuing my lesson after...What gift would you get a soon-to-be-teacher for a 'teacher shower'Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodwww.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Jan 2020

35 min 17 sec

If your 'Teaching New Years Resolution' is to listen to more education podcasts then do we have the one for you! Lighted-hearted, funny and a bit silly - it's practically cheating! We count down the Top 5 Different Types of Teacher's After The Christmas Break, we look at Bash Street School and it's pupils from the BEANO and discuss your feedback from our two featured questions:Which famous person, who has never taught, should have been a teacher?What teacher-statistics would you like to know at the end of each year?Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodwww.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Jan 2020

34 min

It's the Christmas Special! Sit back and laugh with us at the ridiculousness that is the Christmas half term. We count down the Top 5 Pros & Cons of Putting On A School Nativity, focus on the school, or more specifically, the staff from the school featured in the movie Nativity! and look at a festive Primary Rocks Twitter Q&A. We discuss the most unusual presents you've ever received, your teaching and learning new-year's resolution and your teacher moment of the year! Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodwww.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Dec 2019

29 min 28 sec

In episode 3 we count down the Top 5 Things You Hear On Every Training Day, step into Grange Hill and look at a Primary Rocks Twitter Q&A. We discuss the best part of your school day, whether working walls are actually any good, which children’s character you'd most like to have a brew with and whether or not children should have a say in what they learn. Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodwww.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Dec 2019

26 min 52 sec

In our second episode we count down the Top 5 Job Perks People Who Aren't Teachers Take For Granted, take a 'deep dive' into Rydell High and look at a recent Primary Rocks Twitter Q&A. We discuss the best assemblies, the covert operation that is 'smuggling glue sticks from the supply cupboard,' where we'd like Ofsted to take a Deep Dive and do superhero costumes really count on World Book Day?Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppodwww.HandsUpPod.co.uk

Dec 2019

30 min 17 sec

In our first episode we count down the Top 5 Assembly Songs, review Springfield Elementary and look at a recent Primary Rocks Twitter Q&A. We discuss whether or not worksheets are the work of the devil, the pros and cons of the recorder, what exactly is a purple headed mountain and what have SLT ever done for us? Follow us on Twitter to join in the conversation and get featured on our next podcast! twitter.com/handsuppod

Dec 2019

31 min 54 sec