9 episodes

Four high-achieving students redefine what it means to be successful beyond the books.

Traditionally, a wooden spoon is given to the person who comes last in a race. Instead of lingering on the failure of coming last, that same wooden spoon can be put to work and become something useful.

The Wooden Spoon is a podcast about success, but more importantly, what success really looks like after you finish school and take on the real world. It's no longer defined by a grade - it's about living a successful life that is unique to you.

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Four high-achieving students redefine what it means to be successful beyond the books.

Traditionally, a wooden spoon is given to the person who comes last in a race. Instead of lingering on the failure of coming last, that same wooden spoon can be put to work and become something useful.

The Wooden Spoon is a podcast about success, but more importantly, what success really looks like after you finish school and take on the real world. It's no longer defined by a grade - it's about living a successful life that is unique to you.

    Looking back & moving forward | Reflection, highlights and memorable moments

    Looking back & moving forward | Reflection, highlights and memorable moments

    We have arrived at the last episode of season one! This week Eve, Jade, Jack and Ruby discuss the important lessons they have learned throughout the last season, reveal funny moments from behind the scenes and chat about a prank that never made it online.

    Thank you so much for your support of The Wooden Spoon! It has been amazing seeing you enjoy the episodes each week, and we would love to hear more about what you would like next season. You can fill out our survey here: https://bit.ly/2Ip372f

    Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C



    Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards.

    • 46 min
    Lost and found | Finding your sense of self and gaining independence

    Lost and found | Finding your sense of self and gaining independence

    What do independence and sense of self have in common, and how are they different? Today’s episode of The Wooden Spoon explores this question, along with unpacking what it really means to be independent. Jade, Jack, Ruby and Eve share personal anecdotes about their own independence, explore whether your independence increases as you age, and discuss ways in which you can become more aware of your sense of self.

    Thank you to Rosetta Stone for sponsoring this week's episode! Listeners of The Wooden Spoon can get a crazy 50% discount on a Rosetta Stone language course. Get yours at http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/spoon

    Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C



    Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards

    • 41 min
    It’s okay not to be okay | Mental health, stigma and self care

    It’s okay not to be okay | Mental health, stigma and self care

    This week’s episode of The Wooden Spoon is diving deeper into the serious topic of mental health. We hear Jade, Ruby, Jack and Eve discuss the stigma surrounding mental health, how people approach mental health in comparison to physical health, as well as what schools and health care systems are doing to help. The group also share their own personal mental health experiences and insights into what they do to look after themselves on a day-to-day basis.

    Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C



    For further information on the topics in this episode, please visit the amazing websites below:

    https://www.thecalmzone.net/

    https://www.samaritans.org/

    https://www.mind.org.uk/



    Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards

    • 42 min
    Follow the leader | Responsibility, teamwork and great leadership

    Follow the leader | Responsibility, teamwork and great leadership

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    Another episode of The Wooden Spoon, and this time we're chatting all about leadership and responsibility. We hear the group discuss what makes the difference between a leader and a manager, the importance of teamwork and how you can take on a role of responsibility within your community. Can anyone be a leader? Is being bossy seen as something negative? This episode also discusses the elements of being part of a team, including taking on different roles, dividing tasks and building trust between team members.

    Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: spoti.fi/2GRft2C 



    Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards

    • 33 min
    I’m too busy! | Saying "yes", burnout and spending your free time

    I’m too busy! | Saying "yes", burnout and spending your free time

    What does hip hop and Harry Potter Society have in common? They're both extra-curricular activities that are discussed in today's podcast! This episode explores the various ways that you can spend your free time, how taking a break can improve your productivity and the numerous benefits to extra-curricular activity. We also look at how you can take on too much, and whether there is validation in being busy.

    Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: spoti.fi/2GRft2C 

    Thank you to VC Students for sponsoring this week's episode! If you are a student, sign up here to be the first to hear about #FOMO Friday every week: http://bit.ly/VCSpoon



    Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards

    • 44 min
    If not now, when? | Proactivity, productivity and seizing opportunity

    If not now, when? | Proactivity, productivity and seizing opportunity

    Episode number 3 is here! This week we hear the group discussing the difference between being proactive and being reactive. Are you a proactive or a reactive person? Eve, Jade, Ruby and Jack discuss how to improve your overall level of productivity, say "yes" to more opportunities and take steps to becoming more proactive.
    Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C
    Thanks so much to the Financial Times for sponsoring this episode. FT.com is free for secondary schools anywhere in the world. Teachers can register their schools and then 16-19 year old students can create their own login at www.ft.com/schoolsarefree

    Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards

    • 32 min

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