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Together with my expert guests, we share wellbeing information, inspiration and practical support for teachers, leaders and school staff around the world.

The Pursuit of Wellbeing Maria Brosnan

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Together with my expert guests, we share wellbeing information, inspiration and practical support for teachers, leaders and school staff around the world.

    Love your TAs and they'll Love You Back! with Jeremy Crook

    Love your TAs and they'll Love You Back! with Jeremy Crook

    "I love moaning! The only rule is - if you moan about something, you've got to have an idea about a better way of doing it. If you haven’t got an idea on how to make it better, then your moaning is just demoralising people, making everyone feel bad, and dropping the mood of the school. And that’s not OK."


    Jeremy Crook was a Headteacher for almost 20 years. He now lectures in initial teacher training and works as a consultant in primary schools in the East of England. 


    He LOVES teaching assistants and support staff! And in this episode, shares wise and practical ways to make your support staff feel valued and supported to do their very important work. We talk about:


    The key reason so many schools have difficult relationships or issues with support staff.

    The most important thing you need to do to build strong relationships with support staff.

    The two key things Jeremy did to improve the impact of the Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom.

    The importance of "non-negotiables."

    How training raises the status and professionalism of support staff. "If you don’t train them, you’re just setting them up to have a difficult time."

    The message across all staff is "We care for you but you've got to do a great job. Care itself is not enough."


    "The starting position has to be, if I want TAs, I want them because they do a great job in terms of supporting the core purpose of the school, which is getting children to be great learners, of course."



    You can connect with Jeremy


    Twitter @whatnqt


    Email: jnc.edu@gmail.com


    LinkedIn: Jez Crook


    His podcast is "What I wish I knew as an NQT".


    Connect with Maria


    On Twitter @Mariabrosnan


    On LinkedIn Maria Brosnan


    On Instagram @pursuitwellbeing


    Find out more about our 5-step Wellbeing Action Plan for teachers online course.


    And Maria's book, The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers, is available now.


     

    • 31 min
    Being an Authentic and Humane Leader with Dan Edwards

    Being an Authentic and Humane Leader with Dan Edwards

    “Every decision I made that was ill-informed meant that people were losing a little bit of faith in me.”


    Dan Edwards is the principal of Woodstock Primary Academy, a large primary school in the heart of Leicester City. He shares the best piece of advice he was ever given as a school leader, and how that's shaped his leadership today.

    This episode is especially helpful for those new to leadership or starting a new position in the next academic year.

    We talk about:


    How to be the most authentic and genuinely humane leader. 

    The key steps to transparent leadership.

    Building or rebuilding parental engagement.

    Creating a healthy school culture and genuine staff wellbeing.

    The single thing that makes the biggest difference to staff wellbeing.

    How to know if you're "getting things right".

    How to harness the sense of being facilitators of learning, rather than positioning ourselves at the front of the classroom as "teachers and talkers".

    And much more.


    "(New leaders...) sometimes misplace trust by professing to know everything “the saviour is here - someone’s going to give us all the answers” and that’s wrong because we don’t know all the answers."


     


    You can connect with Dan


    His website is leadinginthenow.org


    Twitter  @danedwards_77


    Woodstock Primary Academy @woodstockacad


    Instagram dan_edwardsed




    Also mentioned in this podcast


    Kate Jones @KateJones_teach


    Sinead Moxham @SineadMoxham


     


    Connect with Maria


    On Twitter @Mariabrosnan


    On LinkedIn Maria Brosnan


    On Instagram @pursuitwellbeing


    Find out more about our 5-step Wellbeing Action Plan for teachers online course.


    And Maria's book, The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers, is available now.


     

    • 37 min
    What next? The Power of Options with Tom Wheelhouse

    What next? The Power of Options with Tom Wheelhouse

    "Work is somewhere I go to do something I'm good at, but it's not who I am."

    What does an ex-police office know about teacher stress?


    Quite a lot, as it turns out. 


    Tom Wheelhouse founded Mightify in 2015 because he wasn't willing to accept that people in frontline roles across society gave so much and got so little in return. 


    He left his career as a police officer and decided he would deliver fit-for-purpose wellbeing, personal development and career transition services to frontline people.

    In this fascinating and practical episode he shares:


    The power of options - why people feel trapped, and why very often that isn't the case.



    Identity - people generally join teaching because it's a vocation closely linked to their values. It becomes all consuming and an identity. What happens when that identity no longer exists, or no longer serves a healthy purpose?



    Proactivity and planning - if we're going to spend time each year or term having a performance review, couldn't we spend that time checking in with the person rather than simply the professional role?



    What happens next? The wellbeing impacts and issues of leaving teaching.



    "It all comes back to having that vulnerability and openness to ask and be asked, what do you need right now to thrive?"




    You can connect with Tom


    His website is mightyfy.co.uk  Free content, regular drop-in sessions, Career Change Club, explore your options in an accessible and friendly way. 


    Twitter @mightifyuk


    Facebook @mightifyuk


    YouTube @mightifyuk


    Instagram@mightifyuk




    Also mentioned in this podcast


    Kathryn Grice - The Teacher Empowerment Project


    Professor Jo Clark - Petros


     


    Connect with Maria


    On Twitter @Mariabrosnan


    On LinkedIn Maria Brosnan


    On Instagram @pursuitwellbeing


    Find out more about our 5-step Wellbeing Action Plan for teachers online course.


    And Maria's book, The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers, is available now.


     

    • 41 min
    Compassion as a Survival Skill with Paul Gilbert

    Compassion as a Survival Skill with Paul Gilbert

    "People can spend their lives with an emotional bully in their head, constantly undermining them, constantly putting them down, constantly judging themselves, and then they wonder why they’re depressed!"
     
    Paul Gilbert is a Professor of Clinical Psychology with over 40 years' experience.  He has devoted much of his career to developing Compassion Focussed Therapy. “Compassion is a sensitivity to the suffering of self and others with a commitment to relieve and prevent suffering returning.” 


    With humour and great wisdom, Paul explains:


    Why it's so common for people to feel a lack of self-compassion and so much guilt, shame, and self-criticism.

    How to move from having an "emotional bully" in our head to having a friend in there.

    How to look after yourself, so that your relationship with yourself is one of compassion, courage, and wisdom to guide you through whatever darkness is ahead.

    The role of social media and social comparison in our sense of self.

    Why it's so important that we 'talk nicely' to ourselves.

    A simple practice to develop a deeper understanding of compassion for ourselves and others.

    And much more.



    "A lot of the criticism we have for ourselves is because we’re frightened. We’re frightened of being rejected.  We’re frightened of being seen as no good. We’re frightened of being marginalised. We’re frightened."



    You can connect with Paul


    His website is www.compassionatemind.co.uk


    His latest book, 'Living Like Crazy' is widely available.




    Also mentioned in this podcast


    'Civilised to Death', book by Chris Ryan


    How to Train your Vagus - Stephen Porges 




    Connect with Maria


    On Twitter @Mariabrosnan


    On LinkedIn Maria Brosnan


    On Instagram @pursuitwellbeing


    Find out more about our 5-step Wellbeing Action Plan for teachers online course.


    And Maria's book, The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers, is available now.


     


     


     

    • 44 min
    Creating Everyday Magic with Julie Hurst

    Creating Everyday Magic with Julie Hurst

    "I teach teachers to help children cope with difficult feelings. Difficult emotions can give us important messages if we're unafraid to hear and them and feel them, without becoming utterly overwhelmed by them." 


    Julie Hurst is a Positive Psychologist and the founder of the Work Life Balance Centre. She was part of a team among the first people to research work life balance and the impact of work on our lives. They ran a national survey every year for 10 years to find out what it took to have a good balance and ultimately a flourishing happy life.

    Julie is a wonderful storyteller and in this wide-ranging conversation, she shares;


    The 3-part model developed from their research;

    The ingredients needed for resilience;

    The 3 kinds of 'skillfulness' she teaches in schools and the powerful impact it has on behaviour;

    Research showing that one of the biggest dips in children's wellbeing happens in the first year of secondary, and what to do in primary to reduce or eliminate this dip;

    The 'recipe' for the neurochemical mix that most children need and how to get that in your classroom;

    Positive Psychology is not 'positive thinking' and how to use this knowledge to help deal with ALL of our emotions;

    And Julie guides us through a lovely practice called the Compassion Break.


    "Your experience of work, and indeed life, depends more on what’s going on between your ears than any external circumstance.  And that is a viewpoint that has been upheld over and over and over again."



    You can connect with Julie


    Her website is www.thewlbc.com


    Email Julie@thewlbc.com


    Twitter @juliewlbc


    LinkedIn Julie Hurst

    Youtube channel is Positive Education with animations explaining Positive Education.


     


    Also mentioned in this podcast


    Martin Seligman


    Sonja Lyubomirksy


    Maya Angelou Poetry Foundation
    “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”



    Sharon Salzberg


    Joseph Goldstein



    Professor Kristin Neff Self-Compassion.org  - a lot of free content on this site


     


    Connect with Maria


    On Twitter @Mariabrosnan


    On LinkedIn Maria Brosnan


    On Instagram @pursuitwellbeing


    Find out more about our 5-step Wellbeing Action Plan for teachers online course.


    And Maria's book, The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers, is available now.


     


     

    • 39 min
    Stress, Resilience and the Pursuit of Happiness with Professor Jo Clarke

    Stress, Resilience and the Pursuit of Happiness with Professor Jo Clarke

    "We have the potential to lead stress-free lives. We know that it’s possible because we have evidence and training."


    Professor Jo Clarke is a Forensic Psychologist and worked in the criminal justice (prison) system for 23 years. She's the Founder and Director of Petros, a not-for-profit company dedicated to helping people of all ages live more resilient, balanced and productive lives.


    In this episode, Jo shares fascinating insights into:


    human behaviour, in both adults and young people;

    'resilience' and defining it in a practical and meaningful way;

    managing challenging situations and emotions, and how to 'file them away neatly with courage and honesty';

    what our emotions are  communicating with us and the best ways to respond to them;

    her research (with colleagues at York University) into the one thing that teachers find most stressful;

    how we can thrive in high-risk jobs;

    a wonderful philosophy from Ross Greene that “kids do well if they can, not if they want to";

    THE fundamental human need we all need to be met, and how to meet it;

    the 4 powerful principles that underpin her training around stress (one of them is "Stress is a choice"!)

    epigenetics, and how to not to be a victim to your genetics;

    and so much more!


    "We fall asleep to the pressures that we’re under. Be awake, not sleepwalk through life.”


    You can connect with Jo 


    Via their website for information about their training www.petros.org.uk


    Via her PA Laura Laura@petros.org.uk


    Also mentioned in this podcast


    The Rudyard Kipling poem, If
    "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same..."

    Ross Greene (website) - Lives in Balance

    Ross Greene (books) Lost at School and The Explosive Child


    Connect with Maria


    On Twitter @Mariabrosnan


    On LinkedIn Maria Brosnan


    On Instagram @pursuitwellbeing


    Find out more about our 5-step Wellbeing Action Plan for teachers online course.


    And Maria's book, The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers, is available now.


     

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

jeffyboob ,

Love the show

Very easy to listen to and really helpful for me as a teacher.

Marilyn Chapman ,

Practical and relevant support

This is an excellent resource. So many useful ideas! I would highly recommend.

1Cal1 ,

Lots of helpful and useful info

I've been dealing with a lot of stress at school recently so I found this very relevant to my situation.

Lots of helpful information and practical tips which I'm putting into practice now to help deal with a difficult situation.

Thanks!

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