48 episodes

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.

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    • Education
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

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

    When the penny drops

    There have been people working on decolonizing the curriculum for a very long time now.
    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
    Thank you to Jon, Amy, Aisha and Karen for sharing their story
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    It really means a lot.
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    • 29 min
    The First 30

    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.
    This is when Stephen Steinhaus, the soon-to-be principal of this new school, caught wind they were building a new school in the borough. A school that was attempting to find a solution to their permanent exclusion problem. Making a school like that isn't easy but where there's a will, there's a way. 
    BIG thank you to Stephen and Josie for sharing her story in the episode. 
    If you enjoyed this episode please share on Twitter, subscribe, and leave a comment.

    It really means a lot.
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    • 33 min
    Intrinsic Motivation

    Intrinsic Motivation

    One of the fundamental lessons teachers learn is ‘how to motivate their class’. Historically, For many, this comes down to the Skinnerian model of behaviorism, which is essentially positive and negative reinforcement. John Camp (the Lead of the Compass trust) was taught this too. He began to see things differently when his own headteacher showed him another way of motivation. One called intrinsic motivation. 
    As Trust leader John has had the chance to share intrinsic motivation with his colleges. Katie Cutajar is the Co-headteacher of Alderwood Primary. She wasn’t sold on ‘intrinsic motivation’ at first. 
    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.
    BIG thank you to John and Katie for telling their story in the episode.
    If you enjoyed this episode please share on Twitter, subscribe, and leave a comment, out of the kindness of your heart
    It really means a lot
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    Resources
    The authors that helped inform John Camps view on reward and motivation:
    Simon Sinek Start With Why
    Alfie Kohn Punished By Rewards
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    Email our producer Jay@weareinbeta or fill out this submission form if you want to share your story on the podcast

    • 26 min
    Teaching, Teaching

    Teaching, Teaching

    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? Where do you start? What do you do when it doesn’t go to plan?
    When Josh Goodrich became the head of teaching and learning at Oasis South Bank, he was determined to bring instructional coaching to life; but it wasn’t easy.
    BIG thank you to Josh, Anna, Carly, and Sarah for sharing her story in the episode.
    If you enjoyed this episode please share on Twitter, subscribe, and leave a comment
    It really means a lot
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    Also here are the links to the Pupil premium spending plans and reviews from 19 schools and MATs and the resources from all of our other webinars 
    Email our producer Jay@weareinbeta or fill out this submission form if you want to share your story on the podcast

    • 43 min
    Ma-tour-nity

    Ma-tour-nity

    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.
    While attending an event put on by the MPTP project, for the first time she became aware that she could go on school visits during her MAT leave. 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. Frances Ashton is the Assistant Headteacher of Dicot Girls School, which is one of the schools Lucy listed. Frances tells us how to prepare for a school with a teacher on MAT leave.
    BIG Thank you to Lucy and Frances for sharing their story. This is the tweet Lucy sent to get this all started. Plus, her blog about this story on WAIB.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode please share on Twitter, subscribe, and leave a comment
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    • 28 min
    Risk and reward

    Risk and reward

    Many teachers who gravitate towards schools that have fallen on hard times, have been taught in similar schools, and in this way, Sajid Gulzar isn’t very different. 
    As a headteacher, Sajid has continued to be interested in the schools that require a lot of care; but doing this can eventually spread you too thin if you're not careful. As with most of us, there is a real tension between what needs doing and what WE can do. Sajid and Prince Albert Community Trust find themselves right in the middle of that tension.
    BIG thank you to Sajid and Phillip for sharing her story in the episode. This is the blog that started this episode and their 2015 Ofsted
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

JakeDavey ,

Asking the right questions

Great to hear someone speaking so passionately about driving improvement in education.

Bigbellowingrapper ,

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.

KitMC ,

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.

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