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Tonight I talked through my school year, looking at what has gone well in Literacy and teaching and what has not. I also talked about the literacy initiatives that have succeeded and failed and also what has happened in teaching this year for me.Teachers Talk Radio
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Emma Leigh-Currill joins me with some fabulous tips and practical strategies that we can use to support transition within the same school e.g. Y3-4, 7-8, 9-10 and so on. She talks passionately about supporting "the humans first" - parents and school staff are just as impacted by transition as students. Let's do more to support everyone at in-school…
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Have I been wasting my time? Is asking what schools are for a distraction from the task of running schools well? My guest, David Thomas OBE, CEO of Axiom Maths, Co-Founder of Oak National Academy, and former head teacher, thinks so. Listen to our discussion as we debate this view.Teachers Talk Radio
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There are many questions surrounding Gained Time: "Is it real or just a myth?" "What can I use my Gained Time For?" "What can I do to avoid my Gained Time going to waste?" If you've been asking yourself these same questions, listen in and join the discussion to see what solutions and ideas you can take into your own context.…
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Tom is joined by HOD for Science, Joel Kenyon, whose school (Dixons Academies) is due to introduce a 9 day a fortnight working pattern, providing teachers with a full extra day off every 2 week cycle. How will this work? How will this be timetabled? What other innovative strategies is the school introducing to retain staff? Find out in this incredi…
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In this episode, Dana Mezei shares with us her journey from Romania, where she initially qualified, to Germany, where she currently teaches English at a secondary school.Teachers Talk Radio
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Sarah discusses the potential stigma around staying in the classroom. Hear from outstanding classroom teacher Aoife Barry and Principal, Sarah Curtis as they discuss the profound impact and rewards of focusing on teaching. Discover why being 'just' a classroom teacher is a powerful and fulfilling career choice.…
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Samantha discusses teaching and learning abroad: both the teachers who move from the UK to countries overseas to work in the international sector, and the students who move from other countries to the UK to study.Teachers Talk Radio
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Chris is joined by paramedic and university lecturer, Harry de Voil, discussing the inevitable rise of vaping in our schools and what must be done to stop it being used as an emotional crutch for our young people, sometimes sanctioned by the very people sworn to protect them. How can our school policies and systems prevent this surge in vape usage …
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On today's show we talked about literature for intercultural awareness and mediation. My guest, Dr. Claudia Ferradas is a teacher educator with NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education). She has worked in more than twenty countries, encouraging the use of literature and the arts in language teaching. She has published poetry collections in En…
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Becky Dawson talks to me about mental health in education and discusses the importance of a whole school approach to improving well-being alongside some small steps to make it better to be in education.Teachers Talk Radio
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Gill Batsman shares her experiences and reflections about her science technician role in a secondary school as we discuss the joys, the challenges and the graft of supporting practicals in science, and wider school life.Teachers Talk Radio
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Join Adam in conversation with Swabra Lloyd as they discuss the joys and pitfalls of being a Headteacher and what moving from Deputy to Head really entails. From setting vision and ethos to balancing staff wellbeing with unapologetically high standards, the job of Headteacher is vast and challenging, but as Swabra explains, deeply rewarding and ver…
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Cold Calling - the TLAC questioning strategy that has got everyone talking this week. Tom explores what cold calling is and why it has stirred such strong reactions from across the education world. What questioning strategies do teachers use in the classroom and where does cold calling fit in? Is it really as problematic as it's critics suggest or …
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Amanda talks to guests Sara Burns and Jess Hawthorne about their experiences during their teacher training year and the advice they would give those considering going into teaching as well as those who have been teaching for a while or are current school leaders. How can we collaborate and learn from each other most effectively?…
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Year 6-7 Transition. Two experienced SENCOs - Katie Hall (secondary) and Emily Smith (primary) share their thoughts on what works well in two very different schools. Hear from Emily about primary schools inviting secondary SENCOs in to meet students in Y5 as well as Y6 and Katie explains how she has set up a bespoke provision to support Y7s with EH…
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This week's guest is a former teacher, now Chair of Education at the University of Birmingham. We discuss his essay: 'The Evil of Authoritarian Education. Banality and Compliance in the Neo-Liberal Era'Teachers Talk Radio
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How do we create the perfect teaching partnership? Sophie invites her partner teacher Beth Ewin in to explore what makes the dream teaching team and how to manage those challenging moments when the partnership breaks down.Teachers Talk Radio
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Morgan and Tod chat with timetabler extraordinaire Rizwana Shaikh on the art of creating a great timetable. Given the demands and constraints of facilities, staffing, resources and curriculum Riz shares her insights and tricks of the trade. Timetabling is the backbone of the school and the timetabler brings the institution to life by balancing many…
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What happens when social media platforms open up the floodgates for schools to face unlimited criticism over their school policies? What impact does this have on us as a profession and what can we do about it? Join me to debate all these questions and more!Teachers Talk Radio
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Tom is joined by Dan Worker (Deputy head and History teacher), Michael Downes (Head of History), Robert Simpson (English teacher) and Helen Bradford-Keegan (a Foundation Head of Educational Research & Innovation 0-19) to discuss effective revision strategies. What are the best revision strategies? What do you use? What revision routines do you prom…
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Leading assessment in the foundation subjects. Matt Foy is an Assistant Headteacher and assessment lead. He has a particular interesting and expertise in the assessment of the foundation subjects.Teachers Talk Radio
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In this second episode from international schools worldwide, we look at inclusion and why it is just as important in the EAL classroom as it is in mainstream (English) first language classrooms. Adrienn Szlapak, my guest is an EAL specialist at an international school in Malaysia.Teachers Talk Radio
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What hacks do you use to keep on top of your workload and reduce your own cognitive overload? Samantha discusses it here from AI to old fashioned exercise books. The show ends with a special guided meditation to help you unwind from the day.Teachers Talk Radio
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Following on from last week's show on whole-school approaches to wellbeing, Darren discusses what it means to create a school culture, the danger of not being deliberate in behaviours and the differences between climate and culture.Teachers Talk Radio
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In this episode, we explore the intricacies of task design in education. Joined by Alex Bedford, Lauren Meadows, and Elliot Morgan, we unpack how well-constructed tasks can enhance learning, minimising distraction and get children to think hard. Drawing on key educational theories, this episode provides a comprehensive look at how to challenge stud…
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Got lots of EHCP applications to do? Needs assessment requests taking hours (or even days) of your time? Join me as I share some tips to help you reduce your workload around needs assessment requests and also how you can use the law to help you get your LA to agree them. I also bust some of the myths around what you 'should' do before applying and …
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Hannah Wilson is joined by Stephen Clifford-Franklin from Resus Rangers, who provide Quality First Aid Workshops, Assemblies & Educational Resources for Teachers of Primary School Children across the UK. They explore what the requirements are and what opportunities Resus Rangers can provide to meet them. Find out more at resusrangers.com.…
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Tom is joined by Alex Rawlings, primary headteacher, plus assorted teacher-callers who share their views on the recent controversy regarding this corridor. Does corridor decor matter? Is it a reflection on school culture? Where does school design fit in with school performance? Listen to this discussion to find out!…
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In this show, Adam is joined by Paul Cline, a teacher and Professional development lead from Suffolk. Adam and Paul discuss all things Instructional coaching, getting to the crux of the similarities and differences between approaches including the facilitative to directive spectrum and the crucial role of awareness and diagnostics.…
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Toby and Piers Gledhill talk about how to make pair-teaching work in the classroom, whether it's with TAs, mentees or teachers. We also look at the culture of isolation and discuss how to make teaching more inclusive and open.Teachers Talk Radio
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In this show Kirsten and I discuss definitions of well-being, key strategies that teachers can implement in their classrooms and some of the challenges that teachers face in prioritising pupil wellbeing alongside academic achievement.Teachers Talk Radio
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David is joined by Josh Perry Garry the 2022 National Diversity Award winner, Head of History, author and public speaker. In this show they discuss what diversity in the History curriculum means, what a truly diverse curriculum looks like and why it matters.Teachers Talk Radio
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