9 episodes

What happens when two experts with very different views go head-to-head over the key issues surrounding young people today?  Tension!? - disbelief!? - - The “dynamic duo” are back! Joining forces to shine a light on a wide range of topics impacting children and young people.

Each episode the duo will take turns to persuade each other to see an issue in an entirely new way. They will bring guests in to bolster or judge their position and at the end of the debate, they will ask that all important question… “Are You Convinced?”

Ndidi Okezie (CEO of UK Youth) and Laura McInerney ( Co-founder of Teacher Tapp) are back in the hot seats! The pair are known to disagree in the most entertaining of ways.

Get ready for a fun ride. Subscribe today and join in. We know you’ll be hooked from the start.

Are You Convinced‪?‬ UK Youth

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

What happens when two experts with very different views go head-to-head over the key issues surrounding young people today?  Tension!? - disbelief!? - - The “dynamic duo” are back! Joining forces to shine a light on a wide range of topics impacting children and young people.

Each episode the duo will take turns to persuade each other to see an issue in an entirely new way. They will bring guests in to bolster or judge their position and at the end of the debate, they will ask that all important question… “Are You Convinced?”

Ndidi Okezie (CEO of UK Youth) and Laura McInerney ( Co-founder of Teacher Tapp) are back in the hot seats! The pair are known to disagree in the most entertaining of ways.

Get ready for a fun ride. Subscribe today and join in. We know you’ll be hooked from the start.

    We need to stop talking about race!

    We need to stop talking about race!

    Ndidi is exhausted that race is still framed as a topic of debate. She wants to stop talking about race, and focus on lived experiences of people from Black, Asian, and ethnic minorities to better understand and improve experiences for young people and adults.
    We are joined by Jon Cornejo who is an anti-racism consultant, as well as an organiser at Charity So White. Amjad Ali is our second guest – the Co-Founder of BAMEed, a movement initiated in response to the continual call for intersectionality and diversity in the education sector. The group discuss how we need to reframe the conversation, how it compares to gender-based violence, and how the idea of race is flawed. Be prepared to be challenged, and to learn a lot from the experts!
    This week’s #AskYouth question is “Do you think we need to talk more about race? Why? – we talk to a 13-year-old rep from Brent Youth Parliament, as well as an 18-year-old student and activist.
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 45 min
    We still don't know how to address youth mental health issues!

    We still don't know how to address youth mental health issues!

    *Content warning: discussion of self-harm, suicide and other mental illness.*
     
    Please call the Samaritans on 116 123 or contact jo@samaritans.org if you are in distress or need help with any of the issues discussed.
     
    Even before coronavirus hit, many young people were struggling with their mental health. But do we know how to address youth mental health issues? Laura questions what we need to focus on when it comes to a spectrum of mental health struggles for young people.
     
    Head of Children and Young People’s Mental Health at Centre for Mental Health, Kadra Abdinasir joins us along with Natasha Devon, Founder of the Mental Health Media Charter and LBC presenter. The panel discuss whether the system is too crisis driven, and how more opportunities need to be made to address inequalities in mental health for Black and Asian young people, as well as those that identify as LGBTQ+.
     
    This week’s #AskYouth question is “Do you think there is a mental health crisis for young people? Why?” – a 23-year-old medical student and a 20-year-old with experience of the mental health system give us their views.
     
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 48 min
    We need a cross sector recovery strategy to secure young people’s futures.

    We need a cross sector recovery strategy to secure young people’s futures.

    In a post-pandemic environment, will a cross-sector strategy secure young people’s futures? Ndidi tries to convince Laura that this is vital, but Laura thinks otherwise.
    With special guests Anne Longfield, former Children’s Commissioner of England, and Jonathan Simons, Director at Public First and Head of The Education Strategy along for the ride, get ready for disagreement, persuasion, and being encouraged to step away from your siloes and join cross-sector forces!
    This week’s #AskYouth question is “What kinds of support do young people need coming out of lockdown?” – we speak to three young people aged 11-20 to get their views.
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 46 min
    Launch Trailer - Coming Soon

    Launch Trailer - Coming Soon

    Ndidi Okezie (CEO of UK Youth) and Laura McInerney (Co-Founder of Teacher Tapp) are back. Joining forces to shine a light on a wider range of topics impacting children and young people.
    Each episode our duo will take turns to persuade each other to see an issue in an entirely new way. They will bring guests in to bolster or judge their position and at the end of their time, they will ask that all important question…“Are You Convinced?”
    Subscribe to not miss an episode. You'll be happy you did!

    • 1 min
    GWMOT- Stopping Knife Crime: Ndidi thinks that Schools cannot be expected to solve Knife Crime.

    GWMOT- Stopping Knife Crime: Ndidi thinks that Schools cannot be expected to solve Knife Crime.

    Please Note: This episode is from our previous series called Go With Me On This

    In this emotional episode, Ndidi argues that ’Schools cannot be expected to solve knife crime', whilst Laura passionately seeks to convince her otherwise. This episode throws up a few surprises for both Ndidi and Laura as they try to change each other’s minds.

    • 41 min
    GWMOT- Careers Education: Laura thinks that Careers education is not a good use of school’s time.

    GWMOT- Careers Education: Laura thinks that Careers education is not a good use of school’s time.

    Please Note: This episode is from our previous series called Go With Me On This

    In this episode it’s Laura’s turn to take the stand and defend what some see as unthinkable. In this heated conversation Laura believes that there are other ways to prepare children for the world of work than careers education and that there are better ways to use the school's time.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Sammutgeshooter ,

Really thought provoking

I always enjoy this podcast - it gets beyond the oppositional “argue a complex point without nuance in 30 seconds please” which passes for much political debate on the radio and tv and gives tricky topics room to breathe. And two excellent hosts!

Gbanita ,

Awesome podcast!

So good to have Ndidi and Laura back. I really enjoy the different subjects discussed and find the different viewpoints insightful and informative. Ndidi and Laura’s candidness and passion for the education sector always shine through even when they are on opposite sides of the debate. Definitely a podcast to have in your library.

_C_J_B ,

Refreshingly different podcast

I love how this podcast tackles some of the biggest debates in education with good humour and fresh ideas. Laura and Ndidi’s energy and passion are infectious. Sometimes conversations about education policy debate get dominated by a few loud voices I really appreciate the way the hosts make topics accessible for a wider audience and the format really pushes the listener to decide where they stand on issues. Look forward to seeing more from this podcast.

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