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A free, weekly podcast featuring practical advice on how to manage behaviour in your classroom, safeguarding, teaching and learning. Learn from best practice examples and submit your own questions or comments via email (podcast@pivotaleducation.com) or one of the voicemail hotlines - and get involved!

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A free, weekly podcast featuring practical advice on how to manage behaviour in your classroom, safeguarding, teaching and learning. Learn from best practice examples and submit your own questions or comments via email (podcast@pivotaleducation.com) or one of the voicemail hotlines - and get involved!

    Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248

    Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248

    Dame Benita Refson DBE







    Benita is Founder of Place2Be and a qualified counsellor. Benita was CEO for 20 years until 2014 when she stepped down and was appointed life time President and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically through her role as President.







    Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in 2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of services to education. Currently Benita is Trustee of Children of Success Schools, FORWARD TRUST and a Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney.







    This week, Mark spoke to Benita about the issues and potential solutions around child mental health. They talk about Place2Be as well as how we should be helping schools to provide as much help as they can.







    Benita believes there is a lot of wonderful practice happening today and discusses the current state of collaboration and co-ordination amongst schools and agencies.







    https://www.place2be.org.uk/

    • 20 min
    Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247

    Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247

    Professor Rachel Lofthouse







    Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education. She has a specific research interest in professional learning, exploring how teachers learn and how they can be supported to put that learning into practice. 







    Rachel joined Leeds Beckett University in July 2017, and has established the Research and Practice Centre ‘CollectivED: The Mentoring and Coaching Hub’.







    Rachel is a teaching educator and researcher. She has a particular interest in how teachers learn through approaches such as coaching, mentoring, lesson study, professional enquiry and inter-professional practice. She marries these interests with a concern for the development of innovative pedagogies and curriculum design. Key to all of these are the opportunities for that professionals at all stages of their career and in all roles have for dialogue and creative and critical thinking.







    Rachel works with student teachers and their school-based mentors, teacher coaches, postgraduate students and school leaders as well as a range of educational practitioners, including those interested in community curriculum development and professional coaching for speech and language support in multicultural early years and primary settings.







    Mark speaks to Rachel this week about her varied and fascinating background as well as her thoughts on the value of mentoring and coaching – and also what the difference is.







    There’s also, of course, time for our favourite question – “What’s the best thing you’ve ever learned from a child” and Rachel’s favourite passage from a book.







    Rachel’s Leeds Becket University page







    Rachel on Twitter

    • 54 min
    Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas – and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes – PP246

    Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas – and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes – PP246

    Gavin is a truly motivational speaker. His inspiration for what he does comes from where he started out his career—primary school teaching. He is a firm believer that we as adults can be every bit as inspired by young children as they can by us grown-ups. Gavin transports his audience back to when they were just 5 years of age, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel and you will never eat broccoli in the same way again!







    Over the past decade, delivering on themes such as Leadership, Engagement, High Performing Teams and Creativity, Gavin has inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to rediscover and embrace “that wee piece of magic”. Gavin is now regarded as one of the most talented and sought after speakers in the world.







    This week, Tara Elie speaks to Gavin about how adults need to be more like children and how we should all give ourselves permission to play and enjoy life.







    He offers suggestions for teachers on how to remain sane at Christmas with their classes and also reads his favourite book – you might be surprised to hear what it is!









    Tweets by gavinoattes









    https://gavinoattes.com/







    Tweet of the Week









    Calling all educators. If you could ONLY #change1thing4MH for teacher wellbeing what would it be? In your response let me know HOW you would go about it? Curious about the range of concerns out there. Thanks in advance. @RiscaCCS_Head @julierees100 @gdmorewood pic.twitter.com/4arzGSQU2U— Nina Jackson #Talk2MeMH (@musicmind) November 26, 2019

    • 37 min
    Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio – PP245

    Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio – PP245

    This week, Tara was invited onto Voice of Islam Radio to take part in a programme about the link between exclusions and crime, including knife crime.







    About Voice of Islam







    Voice of Islam Radio







    Voice of Islam Radio is a new Digital DAB 24hr radio station which offers news, views, discussion and insight on Islam’s Perspectives on the world today.







    It is a new channel that will inform, engage and give you a chance to express your views on a range of topics. Broadcasting 24 hours a day the station aims to give everyone a space for discussion, for people of faith, no faith or just those with an interest in social peace and greater justice.









    Welcome to Voice Of Islam

    • 28 min
    Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244

    Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244

    This week, Mark talks to Kirstie Mackey from Barclays Life Skills which provides:







    Tool tips and learning resources for you to help yourself or to support you in the development of others















    For students, educators and parents, the scheme provides City and Guilds approved activities and resources covering a huge range of work/life topics.







    https://barclayslifeskills.com/ contains an enormous range of help for student and Mark has very positive memories of working with the scheme when he was headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unit.







    Kirstie Mackey







    In 2013, Kirstie created and launched LifeSkills. From teaching CV writing skills in classrooms to hiring people for her various teams, Kirstie has years of experience in knowing what employers are looking for and how to get ahead in your chosen career. As well as heading up LifeSkills, Kirstie is a champion for young people and is leading the call for businesses to support young people get work ready.







    In her role as Head of LifeSkills, Kirstie is also a contributor to publications such as Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.







    Listen to the whole, fascinating story of how Kirstie founded and developed the scheme and find out a little bit about the amazing range of activities which are on offer – free of charge!

    • 37 min
    Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243

    Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243

    This week, Tara speaks to three guests about Maths in the classroom and how technology can help or hinder learning.







    Dr Christian Salas (below centre) is a Maths Lecturer from Waltham Forest College, Stephen Farmer (below left), is Headteacher at Cranbrook Education Campus and Dan Sandhu (below right), is from Sparx Maths.







    The conversation goes into depth about the Sparx Maths system and its benefits to schools like Stephen’s and Christian presents a slightly different point of view!































    As a socially focussed learning technology company, Sparx has spent the last 8 years reimagining the way maths is taught and learnt in schools. Our aim is to improve numeracy, and therefore life opportunities, for over 5 million learners by 2030.







    The result is not a short-term, off-the-shelf software product – it is a personalised approach to learning based on strategies that are founded in pedagogy and on the world class maths content that sets us apart. Underpinned by our sophisticated, adaptive technology platform and high levels of support, Sparx not only delivers progress and increases attainment in maths, it is also the catalyst for transformational change in many of our schools.







    So what do you think? Is technology beneficial in subjects like maths, is it all just a way to ensure non-specialist teachers can teach maths or is it something different? What’s your experience of using technology in the classroom – Maths or any other?







    https://sparx.co.uk/







    https://www.cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk/

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

Faust1515 ,

Really gets you a fair understanding

Amazing information especially for those who have just made their entry in teaching. Really gives accurate insights of how to be able to perform the role of a teacher, updated to the latest behaviour approach towards colleagues and especially towards pupils/students. Thank you so much!

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