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    Podcast 89: How Have Schools Supported Our Young People?

    Podcast 89: How Have Schools Supported Our Young People?

    Our 89th interview is with Maezie, a year 12 student studying geography, french and English literature in East Sussex. We catch up during week 12 of lockdown...



    In this podcast, listen to Maezie and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss how Maezie has been getting on with her studies during the lockdown and how she has managed a routine at home. We ask how her school has been in communication with all students during the lockdown and ask her how she has managed her mental health.



    Maezie recommends mental health apps such as Headspace and Breath and explains the importance of using gratitude jars to help her family get through the lockdown. We also ask how she has responded to Black Lives Matter and how she deals with fake news and screen time. We end with Maezie’s hope for the future of Britain to tackle all aspects of inequality.



    Maezie is a 6th form student of Heathfield Community College, East Sussex. Special thanks to Mrs. Savage for making this happen… Thank you for listening.

    • 20 min
    Podcast 88: How Can Mindfulness Improve Pupil Outcomes?

    Podcast 88: How Can Mindfulness Improve Pupil Outcomes?

    Our 86th interview is with Amani Eke, founder of Project Yogi, a not-for-profit organisation which works with young children through Yoga and Mindfulness.



    In this podcast, listen to Amani and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss the work she is doing with students and schools pre-lockdown and how Yoga and Mindfulness benefits children.



    We learn more about the ‘Mindfulness Literacy’ program and mindfulness scepticism in others



    We explore Amani’s childhood experiences at school in London and her passion for wellbeing; an exploration of some pupil case studies and their transformation in schools. To finish, we ask Amani for her thoughts on the future of mindfulness in the education system.



    Find out more about Project Yogi and the programmes they offer young people, visit www.projectyogi.com

    • 23 min
    Podcast 87: What Can We Do To Improve Safety Online?

    Podcast 87: What Can We Do To Improve Safety Online?

    Why is cyberbullying a greater problem than real-world bullying?





    Our 87th interview is with Dr Mary Aiken, author, professor and cyberpsychologist – specialising in criminal and deviant behaviour online – and why she would like to see teachers sit at the policy table.



    In this podcast, listen to Dr Mary Aiken and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:



    Discovering cyberpsychology, chatbots and artificial intelligence.

    * Why we need a safer, online space for everyone, particularly children

    Explain ‘The Cyber Effect’ and motivation for writing the book of the same title

    The need for academics to speak up and offer an opinion before all the research is done

    Mary’s advice for parents regarding screen time and why eye-contact is critical, amongst other alarming findings

    Safer technology, including bypassing parental controls (42M results), plus

    * Cyberbullying: Content (what is being said), the direction of the traffic and the frequency and interval

    * Online Harms White Paper published by the UK Government

    Why the UK is the world-leader on safety-tech and the latest analysis from the government and,

    * Her top tips for researchers starting out in academia.

    * You can read more about Mary on her website, www.maryaiken.com



    Listen to the podcast (34 minutes)



    Should academics sit on the fence, or offer an opinion? Dr Mary Aiken suggests it could be too late to protect children…Click To Tweet



    You can read my review of Mary’s book; predicting the future risks of society at large and what may happen if we do not take immediate action to regulate our social media use.

     

    • 34 min
    Podcast 86: Life As A Teenager In Lockdown

    Podcast 86: Life As A Teenager In Lockdown

    Our 87th interview is with Lucia and Will, from Wolgarston High School in the West Midlands. Lucia and Will are head girl and head boy studying for their A-levels at sixth form. In this podcast, listen to Lucia and Will and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss their initial reactions to lockdown, exam uncertainty and media speculation. How they have developed a routine building around lockdown and how has the pandemic has affected their friends and community.



    We ask them both about America’s reaction to George Floyd’s murder and how they use social media as a credible news source, how they manage their expectations of social media as young person and how their school is supporting them during this period. We also explore race and education reforms Lucia and Will would like adults to make.



    Wolgarston High School is a mixed, 13-19 year secondary school in England. Thanks to headteacher, Jo Fairclough, for making this happen... Thanks for listening.

    • 33 min
    Podcast 85: Has School Academisation Delivered?

    Podcast 85: Has School Academisation Delivered?

    Our 85th podcast interview is with Fiona Millar, educational journalist, a school governor and author of ‘The Best For My Child’.



    In this podcast, listen to Fiona and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss Fiona's memories of her education as a child and the 11+ exam; her life into university and her early career pursuing journalism. We ask how education became Fiona’s focus as a parent and journalist and her views on the marketisation of schools and academisation and the politics involved.



    Discussing school academisation across England, we hear more about the pressure on a parent to choose the ‘best’ school and today's accountability in education in the system and solutions for parents, plus Fiona's insights from school governance and her ideas to reduce workload and stress for teachers; and her top tips for being a school governor and the print media and fake news.



    Fiona is a British journalist and campaigner on education and parenting issues. She is a former adviser to Cherie Blair.



    Thanks for listening.

    • 27 min
    Podcast 84: Perceptions Of Stay-At-Home Fathers

    Podcast 84: Perceptions Of Stay-At-Home Fathers

    Our 84th interview is with John Adams, a stay-at-home father who runs a family home and is the author of the award-winning Dad Blog UK.



    In this podcast, listen to John and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss the challenges stay-at-home fathers face and subtle sexism; John's career to date, including how the internet has reshaped journalism. We hear more about John’s own schooling experiences and growing up as a child.



    We discover how Dad Blog UK started and has become a new career, how this balances out against homeschooling during lockdown, screentime and keeping everyone happy in the home. We ask how he is making the transitions throughout COIVD-19 and hear about his concerns about going back to school, John's perceptions of teaching, homework, Ofsted and the work our teachers are doing.



    John Adams is a dad of two young daughters and lives in the South East of England. Read more about his thoughts as a father, education and parenting as a stay-at-home dad. Visit www.dadbloguk.com

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Zed da farmer ,

Teacher toolkit podcast

I will honest, I did not particularly know what to expect before I listened to the Teacher Toolkit podcasts. What I will say is that I was pleasantly surprised. I found the podcasts balanced and gave an overall viewpoint of people within education and yet there journey through their own educations to become educators. I further enjoyed the fact that it made a conscience effort to celebrate women from the first vote to how they stand strong today. I found the podcast on teacher burnout of particular interest. I cannot wait to hear the rest.

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