The We Are In Beta Podcast tells the positive, practical and personal stories of inspirational school leaders tackling big challenges in their schools. Each episode takes a deeper look at a different topic through the eyes of the people we speak to, capturing a range of voices - colleagues, parents and students - along the way.
When the penny drops
In early 2020 after George Floyd’s death decolonizing the curriculum came to the forefront of the discussion. People who had never considered it, or even understood what it meant, had to grapple with its implications. This whole episode is about exactly that.
Havelock Primary school was by no means behind the curve when It came to things like this but when they decided to decolonize their curriculum (starting late 2019) they realized just how deep-rooted the problem was
The First 30
A few years ago Solihull was a small, relatively affluent borough in Southeast Birmingham, but they had one big problem. Many factors had aligned to create a situation where Solihull had more permanent exclusions than 90% of the country.
They were building a new school in the borough. A school that was attempting to find a solution permanent exclusion problem. Making school like that isn't easy but where there's a will, there's a way.
John Camp is the Trust leader for The Compass partnership Trust. His views on how reward and punishment have changed over his career. When Katie Cutajar (Co-HT of Alderwood Primary) joined the CPT this was new to her.
In this episode, we'll talk about the negative effects of relying on rewards and punishment, How John and Katie have changed their thinking, and what it looks like in their schools.
Classically, CPD brings all the staff together to learn about a single subject of improvement. By contrast, Instructional coaching has aspects that make bespoke to what each teacher needs at the moment.
So this all sounds good in theory but how does it work?
When Josh Goodrich became the head of teaching and learning at Oasis Southbank, he was determined to bring instructional coaching to life; but it wasn’t easy.
During Lucy’s first maternity leave, she felt alienated from her profession. People would tell her that she would lose interest in working full time but she didn’t. In her second MAT leave, she was determined not to be on the outside looking.
Over the next couple of months, Lucy goes on several school walk-throughs with her young child Roland. She learned a lot about how to make this happen and the benefits of visiting schools during her MAT leave.
Risk and reward
Many teachers that find themselves attracted to schools that have fallen on hard times, have come from the same kinds of schools
And in this way, Sajid isn’t very different.
As a headteacher, Sajid has continued to find himself interested in the schools that require a lot of care but doing this can eventually spread you thin if you're not careful.
Asking the right questions
Great to hear someone speaking so passionately about driving improvement in education.
Real stories being told
Thank you @NiallAlcock and the We Are In Beta team. Being able to listen to real stories from Educationalists who are making a difference and really doing things in their field has been inspirational.
Relevant to any industry
Extremely well produced, with thought provoking stories and interviews. It’s like an episode of radiolab!
I’m not in education but there are so many relevant and transferable lessons and insights which can be applied to any industry. Love the new structure of the second series and can’t wait to hear more.