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Informal but informative.... Dr Pooky Knightsmith explore big questions with brilliant people each week with a wide range of topics related to education and mental health. Sometimes it's deep, sometimes it's funny, it will always make you think. Tweet @PookyH with feedback or suggestions for future guests or questions.

Pooky Ponders – Big Questions with Brilliant People Dr Pooky Knightsmith

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Informal but informative.... Dr Pooky Knightsmith explore big questions with brilliant people each week with a wide range of topics related to education and mental health. Sometimes it's deep, sometimes it's funny, it will always make you think. Tweet @PookyH with feedback or suggestions for future guests or questions.

    Why do children need to feel they belong and how can adults support? | Sarah Dove

    Why do children need to feel they belong and how can adults support? | Sarah Dove

    Today’s question is: Why do children need to feel they belong and how can adults support?
    I’m in conversation with Sarah Dove 
    Sarah is a qualified teacher who has worked in PRU and AP settings for the last 19 years, including psychiatric inpatient care settings.  Sarah’s new book is ‘Behaving Together, a teacher’s guide to nurturing behaviour.’  
    LINKS:
    Website: https://www.phoenixgrouphq.com 
    Book: https://amzn.to/3zeLVUk 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-dove-npqh-ma-fcct-78a49b5b/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhoenixEdSarah 
    The transition resource Sarah created: https://www.phoenixgrouphq.com/resources 
    If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. 
    You can connect with Pooky on:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh 

    • 41 min
    How can we build bridges between home and school for children with additional needs? | Ginny Bootman

    How can we build bridges between home and school for children with additional needs? | Ginny Bootman

    Today’s question is: How can we build bridges between home and school for children with additional needs?
    I’m in conversation with Ginny Bootman 
    Ginny is a SENCO of 2 Primary schools in Northamptonshire. She is also an advocate for the role which empathy plays in promoting home ,school links for children with additional needs.
    LINKS:
    Website: https://www.ginnybootman.com 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginny-bootman-0b7436184/?originalSubdomain=uk 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sencogirl 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC50Xl66JksnO698eAnZrk0A 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ginnybootman/ 


    Ginny also asked me to highlight the following:
    Jamil Zaki - The war for kindness: https://amzn.to/3qwEsgi  
    Peter Bazalgette - The Empathy Instinct: https://amzn.to/3qAdxAj 
    The work of Brene Brown: https://amzn.to/3y4soFM 


    If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. 
    You can connect with Pooky on:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh 

    • 45 min
    What can adults do to make the pain a child feels after losing a parent a little more bearable? | Ian & Phoebe Gilbert

    What can adults do to make the pain a child feels after losing a parent a little more bearable? | Ian & Phoebe Gilbert

    Today’s question is: 
    What can adults do to make the pain a child feels after losing a parent a little more bearable?
    I’m in conversation with Ian & Phoebe Gilbert 
    Ian and his daughter Phoebe contributed to the book Independent Thinking on Loss and Phoebe has set up an enterprise with support from Prince's Trust all about helping schools help young people dealing with bereavement
    LINKS:
    Ian’s Website: https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/ian-gilbert/
    Phoebe’s Website: https://www.cwtchycare.com/about-us  
    Book: https://www.independentthinkingpress.com/books/teachingskills/independent-thinking-on-loss/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thisiangilbert/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ITLWorldwide


    Additional links:
    BBC radio programme about the evolution of grief: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct1pq7
    Ian and Phoebe’s book: https://www.independentthinkingpress.com/books/teachingskills/independent-thinking-on-loss/ - if you  use the code 'ITL20' you can get 20% off at checkout.

     Winston’s wish: https://www.winstonswish.org
    Wish Thunks to help schools open up conversations about life and death in a safe way: to help schools open up conversations about life and death in a safe way.
    This is the link to Winston's Wish whose work Im sure you know about. And here is where we did some Thunks for them to help schools open up conversations about life and death in a safe way.
    If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. 


    You can connect with Pooky on:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh 

    • 53 min
    Why would knowing more about dying be good for us all? | Kathryn Mannix

    Why would knowing more about dying be good for us all? | Kathryn Mannix

    Today’s question is: Why would knowing more about dying be good for us all?
    I’m in conversation with Kathryn Mannix  who is a retired palliative care doctor and end of life conversations campaigner.
    LINKS:
    Website: https://withtheendinmind.co.uk 
    Book: https://amzn.to/3tlY2fK 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/drkathrynmannix 
    If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. 
    You can connect with Pooky on:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh 

    • 54 min
    How can we ensure children are happy, safe and engaged? | Paul Hodgkinson

    How can we ensure children are happy, safe and engaged? | Paul Hodgkinson

    Today’s question is: How can we ensure children are happy, safe and engaged? 
    I’m in conversation with Paul Hodgkinson
    Executive Principal of Bolton Impact Trust. Multi-Academy Trust which comprises one Special School and four Alternative Provision Academies. We look after 300 children who aren't currently accessing mainstream education.
    LINKS:
    Website: http://www.boltonimpacttrust.org.uk 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hodgkinson-paul-8763395a/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bolton_pru 
    If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. 
    You can connect with Pooky on:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh 

    • 47 min
    To what extent could gaps in learning affect chances in later life? | Victoria Carr

    To what extent could gaps in learning affect chances in later life? | Victoria Carr

    Today’s question is: To what extent could gaps in learning affect chances in later life?
    I’m in conversation with Victoria Carr
    “I am a mum, a headteacher, an army reservist, an academic doctor, a part time lecturer ...”
    LINKS:
    Website: http://www.woodlands.cheshire.sch.uk 
    TedX talk: https://youtu.be/H_Nh2UWMv8A 
    If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. 
    You can connect with Pooky on:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh 

    • 39 min

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