'The Independent Teacher' is one of the UK's leading educational podcasts hosted by Susan Pallister who has over 20 years of leadership experience in educational settings. Now working as a writer and coach, in 'The Independent Teacher' podcast Susan has in depth conversations with leading educationalists from schools and universities, as well as with writers, journalists, musicians, business entrepreneurs, sporting professionals and young people.
Spread a Little Happiness with Andy Cope
Andy Cope has been described as a ‘wellbeing revolutionary’. His mission is to change the narrative and re-focus psychology away from what’s wrong with people to what’s right. His messages act as a gentle nudge towards people taking charge of their own mental health. Andy’s books are frequently on the best-sellers list. ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’, ‘Shine’, and ‘Zest’ have all topped the personal development charts. ‘The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence’ and Leadership: Multiplier Effect’ are riding high in the business charts and ‘Happiness Route Map’ was nominated as The Independent’s best self-help book of the year. Andy also moonlights as a children’s author. His ‘Spy Dog’ series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide. In this episode, Andy shares his insights on various topics that impact our daily lives, so tune in to this inspiring conversation to discover the keys to a more brilliant, balanced, and positive life. Whether you're a teacher seeking work-life balance, looking to brighten your mornings, or dealing with 'mood hoovers,' this episode has something for everyone.
Andrew Rogers: Philosophy, Creativity, Curiosity and Being a Radical in the Classroom
In this episode, we talk to Andrew Rogers the Australian Teacher of the Year (Secondary Non-Gov) in 2021 and a regular contributor to radio programmes and philosophy conferences. In our show, Andrew talks about his love of Philosophy, its role in the school curriculum, and the important skills it nurtures in young people. We find out about teaching in Australia, as well as Andrew's hopes for the future of education in the next 20 years.
The Confidence Factor with Dr Michael Bonshor
After an early career as a professional singer with international contracts, Dr Michael Bonshor developed a diverse portfolio of work as a performer, teacher, conductor, choral arranger, director, and workshop leader. He has run his own professional theatre company, opera group, and jazz ensemble, alongside maintaining a well-established private teaching practice. Michael has also taught extensively in primary and secondary schools, Further Education colleges, and Higher Education institutions.
In this episode, we learn more about Michael's book, The Confident Choir, and delve into the fascinating world of music psychology. We learn about Michael's research on overcoming stage fright and performance anxiety, as well as the best ways to cultivate confidence in musicians or anyone who has struggled with their own public speaking or presentational skills.
In our conversation, Michael addresses another curious phenomenon: why is it so challenging for performers to bid farewell to the stage? Through engaging insights and anecdotes, he unravels the complexities related to retirement. So whether you're a musician seeking to conquer your stage fright or a leader looking to cultivate confidence and creativity in your team, this episode promises a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration.
Degrees of Change with the Azmat Sisters
In this episode, we catch up with the Azmat sisters. Throughout this episode, we'll unravel the stories of each sister's academic journey, exploring the turning points that led them to change their minds about their initial chosen degree courses.
But that's not all – we'll also delve into the dynamics of sibling rivalry. The Azmat sisters will candidly share how they supported and sometimes competed with each other, ultimately fostering an environment of growth and mutual empowerment.
So, tune in as we embark on this heartwarming journey with the Azmat sisters, celebrating the power of education and the bonds of sisterhood. Get ready to be moved and motivated by their compelling stories on 'Degrees of Change'.
Teacher Wellbeing: Reimagining the Diary with Dr Lucy Kelly
Dr Lucy Kelly is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Bristol, primarily working with PGCE English trainee teachers. She advocates that trainee teachers see themselves as their own biggest resource in the classroom, and that they prioritise their wellbeing from the outset. Her main research interest is reflective practice as a positive tool for educator wellbeing, and she is Principal Investigator for the 'Reimagining the Diary' project, which uses a multimodal Diary Toolkit and ongoing wellbeing CPD to support educators across the country. The team have now launched a student Diary Toolkit, which is currently being tested by 250 Year 12 pupils. Lucy has written numerous articles on educator wellbeing and reflective practice, and presented her work on podcasts, at conferences and on the radio. 'Reimagining the Diary: reflective practice as a positive tool for educator wellbeing' is Lucy's first book.
Find Your Own Path with Fiona Buckland
In this moving episode, we talk to author Fiona Buckland, who is also a life coach, facilitator and public speaker. Fiona has worked with thousands of individuals both one-on-one and at workshops and events to influence positive change. She was previously Head of Learning at The School of Life, a global organisation helping people to lead more fulfilled lives, where she is still a faculty member, leading workshops with world-leading brands and organisations. She has also led several Guardian Masterclasses including 'How to Change Your Life' and 'How to be the Leader of your Life.' She has written articles for the Guardian, the Independent, and Psychologies. Her first book, Thoughtful Leadership, was published in March 2021. In this episode, we talk to Fiona about her latest book, Find Your Path-how to create the life you really want.