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Current teaching position

Subject Leader for Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and ITT/ECT Professional Tutor; EdD candidate at the IoE, UCL.

Previous teaching experience

Previously a Digital Learning Co-ordinator.

1. Best thing about teaching?

I really enjoy engaging in discussions with students about my subject, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. I just love those ‘penny drop’ moments, especially when students make me think hard!

2. Best city you've ever visited/lived in? 

London. I used to live in Paddington and loved being so close to the West End, where I worked at the time.

3. A song you listen to when happy/sad? 

I’m more of a podcast person than music, but I do love the Hamilton soundtrack.

4. Biggest education inspiration? 

When I started my EdD, I got a copy of Flip the System UK: A Teachers’ Manifesto (Eds Rycroft-Smith and JL Dutaut, 2018). I realised that it wasn’t just me that felt something was going wrong for ordinary teachers caught up in the system. I filled my copy with highlights and sticky notes and was probably quite a menace recommending it to my colleagues.

5. Describe your TTR shows in one word


6. Favourite TTR guest (on one of your shows)

Zoe Neagle is a brilliant colleague and ‘work wife’, and it’s always great to chat to her about anything to do with education!

7. Favourite TTR episode (of yours) so far and why? 

I really enjoyed chatting to Peter Hughes about his book, Outstanding Leadership (2023).

8. Your teaching philosophy?

Critical realism and philosophy for children. And some jokes for good measure.

9. Best bit of advice you ever got?

Why you start something isn’t the same thing as why you’re still doing it. Review everything and chuck out whatever is no longer working.

10. Dream guest on your TTR show?

I have been inspired by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan over the years. I think they would make great guests!


- Kathryn Taylor

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