Devoted to professional development, teacher wellbeing and all things positive in education - The aim is simple: to share the positive voices of teachers and school leaders from around the world. Each podcast covers a different topic, with guests sharing personal stories and their views on what can help. Although based in the UK, the themes of curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, behaviour and pastoral support are universal and can help to promote connected open dialogue with teachers around the world.
Rights Respecting Schools, with Dr Kulvarn Atwal
In this episode Dr Kulvarn Atwal shares his fascinating insights into how schools can become safe and inspiring places by placing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their community. Drawing on real-world experience and his vast expertise in successful school improvement strategies, Dr Atwal demonstrates how we can give children a voice through authentic, compassionate leadership with transformational results and outcomes for schools.
He talks about behaviour, exclusions, curriculum and values-led approaches to leadership.
Teaching Poetry, with Leah Crawford
In this episode I talk to Leah Crawford, an English in Education consultant, tutor with Let's Think in English and Opening Doors author. She explores how educators can teach poetry and the challenging aspects of pattern-finding, interpreting mood, music and rhythm. Leah also introduces us to the poem 'Sympathy', by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Through this rich and challenging text, pupils can explore different layers of meaning and begin to see how they could use similar linguistic devices in their own creative writing, poetry and storytelling.
We talk about differentiation vs whole-class teaching, 'catch up' and the effectiveness of some of the approaches Leah has experienced through her role.
You can find out more about Leah by following her on Twitter - @think_talk_org or contact her via her webiste - leahcrawford.com
Leah is also a co-author of the Opening Doors series of books, published by crownhouse.co.uk or visit Bob's site - Searching for Excellence – Home of the Opening Doors Educational Book Series
Support for ECTs #2: authority in the classroom, with Karl Pupe
Support for ECTs #2
What is the difference between personal and professional authority? How can we approach behaviour management with confidence?
Karl Pupé is a qualified classroom teacher with 10 years’ experience across the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. Specialising in Behaviour Management, he worked as a Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) Co-ordinator teaching students with severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. Karl is also the author of “The Action Hero Teacher” & founder of the http://actionheroteacher.com & his blog was voted one of the "Top 10 Education Blogs" in the UK by market research company
This episode originally appeared in 'Tiny Voice Talks' by Toria Bono. For more support follow her on Twitter: @Toriaclaire or visit tinyvoicetalks.com
Support for ECTs #3: resources for outstanding Science, with Tom Holloway
The third episode of our support for ECTs series - we hear from Tom Holloway from the Primary Science Teaching Trust. He shares a wealth of ideas to inspire and engage pupils in outstanding Science learning. We discuss a range of topics, including teaching the Sustainable Development Goals through Science, Biomimicry and finding the true purpose of Science education for all.
Support for ECTs #1: a knowledge-rich curriculum, with Natalie Wexler
Support for ECTs - episode 1
What is a knowledge-rich curriculum? Why is it so important?
In this episode Natalie Wexler shares a wealth of insight into her book 'The Knowledge Gap: the hidden cause of America's broken education system - and how to fix it.' In doing so we learn about the distinct parallels between the US and UK education systems when it comes to overcoming the 'achievement gap' that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent peers. We also discuss 'The Reading Wars', Knowledge vs. Skills and the important features of a knowledge building curriculum.
Covering Dewey, Piaget, teacher training and more, we look at the impact of this approach for schools in the USA and UK and find out how pupils and teachers are re-discovering a love of education and the profession.
(Credits: Natalie Wexler - www.nataliewexler.com, Scott Buckley - www.scottbuckley.com.au)
British Council Schools Ambassadors MENA Webinar: Mental Health and Wellbeing
In this episode we feature a live recording from the Learning 2021 - British Council Schools Ambassadors MENA Webinar which took place on Wednesday 9th June, 2021.
The theme was Mental Health and Wellbeing, and participants from around the world shared authentic whole-school and class-based strategies to support children and young people.
Speakers included Mayssa Dawi, John Rolfe, Carl McCarthy, Suzi Bewell, Yvette Hutchinson, and eight country presentations from representative International Schools Ambassadors from: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Yemen.
You can find out more about the British Council Schools projects at https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/schools
Fascinating and beautiful story
I hope everyone listens to this story of Russian Jew, Mendel Beilis told by his grandson, Jay Beilis. We can all learn from this, especially in today’s world. Thankfully there was kindness that saved Mr. Beilis.
My great grandfather was Jewish and born in Russia. I was raised Catholic by my Irish Catholic grandmother which proves we can all love and respect each other.
A very powerful story
This is a very powerful story that needs to be told and shared , especially in today’s world . I am profoundly grateful it is being told. I am friends with Jay Beilis, who is the grandson of Mendel Beilis, and had read the book first, which was mainly in the words of Mendel Beilis himself. Very powerful. So is the podcast. I learned much more hearing what Jay Beilis shared in this podcast . Because of the shear determination and courage Mendel Beilis had , despite horrific suffering endured due to the terrible lies , one cannot but feel tremendous appreciation and admiration for him. From the podcast I also learned more about after his release, and what the family faced afterwards
I am extremely grateful that through his grandson Jay , this platform came forth as a way to further tell this story which begs to be told. Anyone listening cannot help but be very moved by this amazing man’s story!
Very compelling story of a Russian jew, Mendel Beilis, put on trial for “ritual” murder of a child in early 1900’s Tsarist Russia. The trial received worldwide condemnation for exploiting the debunked myth of jews performing religious sacrifice of christians. Fortunately, the strength of character of the accused and the common good of the Russian people triumphs. Anyone interested in social justice will enjoy this broadcast.