16 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 • 76 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.

    Is university worth it?

    Is university worth it?

    Is univeristy worth it? Ndidi thinks it's an important key to unlocking a bright future but Laura isn't sure on the financial balance around it
    This week's guests are Shakira Martin, Head of Student Experience at Rose Bruford College and David Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer at NCFE
    The group discuss what a degree represents, whether univeristy is important for life skills and the value of university alternatives
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced

    • 44 min
    Have GCSEs had their day?

    Have GCSEs had their day?

    Have GCSEs had their day? Laura thinks they can't be the be all and end all, Ndidi agrees but isn't sure there's a better alternative. This weeks guests are Daisy Christodoulou, Director of Education at No More Marking and Tom Sherrington, Education Consultant and author.  The group discuss whether more or less of the curriculum should be assessed, the purpose of GCSEs and what those alternatives could be.
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 44 min
    Should young people have the day off school to attend protests?

    Should young people have the day off school to attend protests?

    Should young people have the day off school to attend protests? Laura thinks so but Ndidi isn't sold on the logistics of it. This weeks guests are chief operating officer of the school student-led activist organisation Burst the Bubble UK, Eli Sassoon and founder & CMO of Thred Media, Jenk Oz. The group discuss how to encourage activism in the classsroom, whether one day makes a difference and how activist organisations could be more considerate towards young people.
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 43 min
    Season Recap

    Season Recap

    Laura and Ndidi share highlights and audience reactions to the season.  
     
    A special thank you to everyone that has taken the time to engage, tweet, rate and review us. We’ve seen all your comments and we’re excited that you love the show as much as we love making it. 

    • 4 min
    Youth workers can support young people at risk of violence better than teachers!

    Youth workers can support young people at risk of violence better than teachers!

    Can youth workers support young people at risk of violence better than teachers? Surprisingly, Laura thinks so, and Ndidi has always been behind a joined-up approach between schools and youth centres to tackle this ever-difficult issue. But how can we get tangible results that support young people in this situation?
     
    We have some impressive guests to help answer that question – our first guest is Leroy Logan MBE, Author and former Superintendent in the MET Police. He is also a former chair and founding member of the Black Police Association. Our second guest is Kimberley Campbell-Lamb, Head of Bedfordshire’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit.
     
    The group talk about the importance of youth workers in areas where gangs are prevalent, how early intervention is key, and how desperate teachers are for money to be spent on broader youth services to support young people at risk of violence.
     
    This week’s #AskYouth question is: “What services or professionals are there to help young people who are involved in violent activity, or at risk of being harmed?” We hear from a 21-year-old student and a 24-year-old assistant producer.
     
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 48 min
    Teachers and youth workers should be trained together.

    Teachers and youth workers should be trained together.

    Ndidi worked in the formal Education sector for a number of years; first as a teacher, then at Education charity Teach First before moving on to Pearson. But it’s only since she began working in the youth sector, as CEO for UK Youth, that she realised the wealth of expertise outside of the formal education bubble. She thinks teachers and youth workers should be trained together.
     
    We are joined by Reuben Moore, Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First, and David McQueen, an international speaker and entrepreneur who has explored how young people are inspired by good leadership – not just from adults but their peers too. Together, they discuss educational inequality, teacher workloads and how there needs to be a shift in approach to the way teachers and youth workers work together.
     
    This week’s #AskYouth question is: “What does youth work mean to you?” We hear from a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old who attend Wigan Youth Zone.
     
    Like educational podcasts? You’re bound to learn something new on every episode of #AreYouConvinced.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 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!

_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.

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.

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