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EdQuarter Presents: The Education Station
45 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
Outstanding Practice in Safeguarding and Pastoral Care
Our last panel of the year, sponsored by MyConcern, was an extremely important one – especially in the current climate. We spoke to Mike Glanville, director of safeguarding services at One Team Logic; Jan Pickles OBE, safeguarding consultant; Adam Lubbock, director of Kings River Education; and Luke Ramsden, designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputy headteacher of St Benedict’s School. We asked the panel about the current challenges for DSLs, what additional measures schools can take to support them, what lessons have been learned since March on managing the consequences of Covid-19, the implications of online learning, and how schools can develop a culture of outstanding safeguarding practice. The experts spoke about how the workload and expectations of DSLs has escalated due to Covid-19. “Our DSLs need more support in a number of different ways to be able to enhance their role and really recognise the responsibilities that they have,” said Glanville.
33 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
Interview with Barnaby Lenon: The current state of the independent schools sector
Barnaby Lenon began his career in 1978 teaching geography at Eton College and is currently the chairman of the Independent Schools Council. On the topic of the current state of the independent schools sector, we asked him whether demand for independent schools had changed since the pandemic, the financial toll of freezing fees and the biggest challenges facing heads. The big question was whether the independent schools sector is stronger or more vulnerable than ever. “It’s clearly very strong in some ways”, said Lenon, highlighting the sector’s “very good education”, “excellent value for money” and “tremendous historic continuity”. However, Lenon continued: “Politically we’re vulnerable – we don’t have enough friends – financially we’re vulnerable because we know that our fees over the last 15-20 years have risen too fast, so we’ve lost some middle-income parents, but otherwise I think we’re in good shape.”
30 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
Exclusive interview with Sally-Anne Huang, High Master of St Paul’s School
We were delighted to catch up with Sally-Anne Huang, high master at St Paul’s School, who reflected on the last academic year, her role as chair of HMC, and how schools can foster an environment for good mental health. Huang, new to her role at St Paul’s this September, said it had been a good time to move schools, as crisis management meant she had been able to get to know the team very well right off the bat. She highlighted how headteachers urgently needed consultation with the Government on what is going to happen with 2021 exams, and said this lack of discussion with those at the chalkface had led to a loss of faith. “I do wish there was more consultation. We as headteachers often hear things from journalists before official announcements from the Government. Faith that things will be consistent, I think that’s gone, but in some ways it’s made us more resilient.” Huang added about the independent schools sector: “I do think that we’ll come out of this stronger.”
41 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
Nutrition and Wellbeing: New Solutions for Schools
In this discussion, sponsored by CH&CO, we were joined by Amanda Ursell, CH&CO’s consultant nutritionist; Irfan Latif, principal of DLD College London; and Edward Valletta, bursar and clerk to the governors at Kimbolton School. We asked the panel how CH&CO’s four pillars of focus – mental health, sustainability, nutrition and community – align with the education sector, how important good nutrition is for pupils to achieve their best, and how parents, educators and caterers can work together to encourage food exploration. We also talked in depth about Marcus Rashford’s school meals campaign, how schools can support children with a vegan lifestyle and how CH&CO’s work to make good food fun will have a lasting impact on children’s health.
36 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
History education and diversity in schools with Nick Dennis
We spoke to Nick Dennis about the impact of the pandemic on the curriculum and his role as director of studies, how history education is changing, and practical steps to improve the recruitment and development of staff to increase ethnic and gender diversity. Nick Dennis is currently director of studies at St. Francis’ College, Letchworth and also a fellow of the Schools History Project, the UK’s premier historical education think tank. He has presented a series of historical documentary programmes for the World History Project, where he also sits on the advisory board. Nick is a member of the GSA’s Inclusion Committee in addition to being part of the National Governance Association’s diversity and inclusion advisory group. Alongside teaching, Nick has worked with a variety of organisations such as EuroClio, Europeana and Apple. Nick has published articles on history education, diversity, educational research and the use of technology to enhance learning.
59 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Headteachers' Question Time
Our panel of passionate headteachers stepped up to tackle the biggest questions in education. This included Nina Gunson, head of Sheffield High School for Girls; Millan Sachania, headmaster of Streatham & Clapham High School; Mark Beach, headmaster of Sherborne House School; and Jo Anderson, principal of Bury Grammar Schools. We asked them whether schools should have been forced to shut in March, whether they received enough guidance from the Government to open in September, what strategies they used to reassurance parents and if their schools were prepared for more potential lockdowns. We also asked them about the mental health impact of the pandemic on their pupils, which remote learning tools have worked well and what should happen with next year’s exams.
13 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
10 minutes with Sophie Bailey
To wrap up a very successful, insightful and well-loved series, Sophie Bailey, founder of The Edtech Podcast, shared her views on the year so far in edtech and how she’s been approaching her work during lockdown. The discussions looked at the role of technology in the future of education and covered topics from how to bridge the digital divide, to the future of student recruitment, and female representation in tech. Twitter @soph_bailey Thank you to everyone who has tuned in for the series! We hope we've brought you some positive and insightful views during what's been a rather strange year. Keep your eyes peeled and notifications on 'alert' we'll be back before you know it with our next round of The Education Station sessions.
40 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
Breaking the Bro Barrier: Inspiring a Female Digital Workforce
It’s mind blowing that, in 2020, so many people are still fighting for equality. The current climate of anger and divisiveness only emphasises that fact. Unfortunately, the tech industry is no exception. The gender gap, in particular, has long been a topic of contention. And while seven out of the top 10 most gender-equal countries are in Europe, according to the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020, the UK is not one of them. Even once their expertise and dedication sees them soar to the top, female tech COOs are consistently underpaid, earning 12% less than their male equivalents. Experts say that, overall, across every industry, women may have to wait 250 years to achieve pay parity with men. That simply isn’t good enough. Women must be paid what they're worth. But this is an issue that starts as early as school, where young girls are discouraged from pursuing their passion in STEM. We talk to some of the industry’s most powerful female figures about their experience as a woman in tech, laying out a blueprint for breaking the bro barrier and inspiring a female digital workforce. MEET THE PANEL: Chloe Barrett Founder & CEO of Immersify Education Rosie Bennett Investment Programme Manager, SetSquared / Twitter @RosieDBennett Geseth Garcia Co-founder / Twitter @GesethGarcia
29 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Kimberly Bryant, Founder & CEO of Black Girls CODE
Kimberly Bryant is the founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE – a non-profit organisation dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of colour (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Prior to starting Black Girls CODE, Kimberly enjoyed a successful 20+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an engineering manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 50 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011, Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local grassroots initiative serving only the Bay Area, to an international organisation with fourteen chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 10,000 students and continues to grow and thrive. Kimberly has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area, named by Business Insider on its list of ‘The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology’, and featured on The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists in 2013. Kimberly has been deemed one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People, and was named a White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion, as well as for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of colour. In this exclusive one-to-one interview, Anna Britten – managing editor of EdQuarter – explores Kimberly’s journey from engineering manager to edtech pioneer. They will discuss Kimberly’s experience as a woman of colour in tech, her campaign for increased diversity and her continuing battle for BAME inclusion.
36 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
An exclusive one-to-one interview with Bob Harris
With extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, lecturer, senior manager, principal and governor, Bob Harrison has worked with head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of School Leadership. He was also the advisor to DfES on the FE Principals Qualification, the digital/e-learning advisor for the DfES Standards Unit and the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme which he designed and delivered at national level for several local authorities. Following 12 years as Chief Examiner as well as being a fellow of the RSA, Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education. He is also Chair of Governors at Northern College, Governor at Oldham College and Vice Chair of Governors at a Trafford Secondary School. As Toshiba’s Northern European Education Advisor for 16 years he is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning. Bob is a BERA member and recently presented BERA 2019 on “Digitisation and Academisation”. An active member of the Association for Learning technology he is also the ALT FE Ambassador and a member of the conference programme committee. Bob has recently been shortlisted for the TES FE “Lifetime Achievement Award” for services to Further, Vocational and Adult Education and so we are very pleased to welcome him to our Sofa Sessions where we hope you will join us for this exclusive one-to-one interview hosted by Debbie Luckham, Marketing Consultant at EdQuarter. Twitter - @BobHarrisonEdu
26 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Lunch with Laura McInerney
Co-founder of Teacher Tapp and Education Journalist for The Guardian Laura McInerney is an education journalist, former teacher, and co-founder of Teacher Tapp – the app that uncovers teachers’ secret lives. She regularly appears on TV and radio as an authority on schools, including BBC News, Today on Radio 4, Sky News, and Newsnight. Laura taught for six years in challenging secondary schools before being taken to court by Michael Gove for asking a difficult question about free schools (and yes – she won the answer eventually, and did so while wearing a dazzling sunshine-yellow jacket!). After this, Laura became a journalist, writing a monthly column in The Guardian and editing Schools Week, where her team won national awards for their hard-hitting scoops. Here, Laura profiled over 50 names in education, including Dylan Wiliam, Carol Dweck and David Blunkett. As co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the daily teacher survey app, she is on the pulse of teachers’ deepest wants, needs and thoughts. Laura is known for being blunt, bold, but fair. She holds to account politicians across the spectrum and is widely respected across the sector. Join us for this exclusive one-to-one interview, where Genna Ash – editor of Education Technology – speaks to Laura about her transition from teacher to edtech trailblazer, touching on her life and experience of the sector, and uncovering the meaning of that gorgeous yellow jacket in Laura’s quest to shine a light on the truth…
44 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Student Recruitment – Competing in a Buyer’s Market
In this episode our expert panel explores... With financial analysts forecasting a £463m shortfall for the next academic year, as 14,000 fewer prospective students from just eight southeast Asian countries opt to cancel or postpone their study plans, these invaluable institutions must do all they can to protect the bottom line, all while maintaining the elite student experience for which the UK is well-known. Staff are stretched by swelling workloads and rising administrative tasks, all while working from home and dealing with heightened levels of stress. How can universities support their student recruitment teams and maintain a seamless recruitment model to see them through these unprecedented times? Does the answer lie in technology and automation? Meet the panel Laura Rettie - Vice President of Global Communications & Brand at Studee / Twitter @laurarettie Harjiv Singh - Founder and CEO of BrainGain Global
32 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Exclusive interview: Vivi Friedgut Founder & CEO of Blackbullion
Vivi Friedgut is the founder and CEO of Blackbullion – the award-winning edtech company on a mission to make the world’s money smart. Prior to founding Blackbullion, Vivi was a financial management expert, spending almost a decade managing the wealth of high net worth families and individuals. She’s on a mission to empower young people by helping them build financial capability, opening up the conversation surrounding money and cultivating a healthy, money-smart mindset. Fast becoming the go-to financial platform for leading universities, Blackbullion currently supports 700,000 students through partners including King’s College London, the University of Edinburgh and the University of South Australia. A champion of tech for good, the platform is actively integrated into university student recruitment, retention and financial support strategies. In this exclusive one-to-one interview, Anna Britten – managing editor of EdQuarter – talks to Vivi about her path from finance professional to global edtech founder, discussing her insights on the current status and value of financial management in education, and mapping out her vision for the future of the sector. Twitter @ViviFriedgut
32 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
The Digital Divide: Why it Matters and How to Fix it
On June 15, Tory MPs, Tony Blair and leading UK charities issued a warning to the education secretary, stating that as many as 700,000 children – the very same bunch who have been eligible for free school meals throughout the lockdown – also don’t have access to the internet at home. The open letter cited fears that the young people who are falling behind now “may never catch up”… But this is by no means an issue that’s exclusive to the UK. Remote learning relies on tech and tech costs money to implement. In this new remote world, is it fair that some students are automatically disadvantaged because their socioeconomic circumstances are not the same as their peers? Will this gap in access further marginalise underrepresented learners? How can we ensure reliable and equitable access for all so every student has a fair chance of unleashing their full potential? Will the government fulfil their promise, or will this be a lasting battle that puts the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students at risk? MEET THE PANEL Abdul Chohan, ThinkSimple Ltd / Twitter @Abdulchohan Nathan Snider, Manager of Policy & Outreach, ICTC / Twitter @thisisnathans Ruth Drysdale, Digital Consultant – Data and Digital Capability, Jisc / Twitter @RSDrysdale
36 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Interview: Priya Lakhani Founder & CEO of CENTURY
Priya Lakhani OBE is the founder and CEO of CENTURY – the award-winning AI education technology company. In 2008, Priya left her career as a barrister to launch a FMCG business with products in nationwide supermarket chains and independent retailers. The company’s charitable arm provided millions of meals and 35,000 vaccinations to the underprivileged. Priya was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chancellor in 2009 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. She has been a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum and in 2019 was appointed to the UK government’s AI Council. Join us for this exclusive one-to-one interview, where Genna Ash – editor of Education Technology – speaks to Priya about her career and perceptions of the sector, delving into the topic of AI in education and unravelling her forecast for the industry’s future. Twitter: @priyalakhani
45 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
The Teachers’ Take on the Remote Learning Model | The Education Station
Education has been slower to commit to the digital transition than many other sectors, fearful of straying too far from tradition and restricted by a lack of adequate training in tech. But failure to adapt could have caused irreparable disruption to students’ education and upped the risk of a lost learning generation slipping through the cracks. Schools had to make use of the tools at their disposal, and it took something as drastic as COVID-19 to drive this revolutionary change. The sector has now been functioning remotely for almost three months. The majority of teachers have little to no experience in delivering education online, and the move happened so fast that many have still had little to no training in how to do so effectively. On top of this, they are juggling the daily anxieties that inevitably come alongside a global pandemic… The government’s plan for the phased reopening of schools on 1 June was shelved before it had even begun, and it’s looking increasingly likely that remote learning in some form or another could be here to stay. So, how are teachers faring in this remote world, and are they ready to embrace the ‘new normal’? Meet the panel Mathew Pullen - Senior Lecturer, University of South Wales / Twitter - @mat6453 Justin Collins - Associate Professor, UCL / Twitter - @4urology Neelam Parmar - Director of EdTech, Ashford School / Twitter - @neelamparmar1
60 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Safeguarding and Child Protection in a Time of Crisis | The Education Station
How schools can adapt to the new safeguarding challenge2020 has presented educators and institutions with significant new challenges in safeguarding.In this episode we discuss…Protecting our most vulnerable childrenEffective safeguarding practice and the lessons learnedStrategies to manage Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and Online SafetyWorking effectively with other agencies, your own staff and parentsManaging online contact with pupilsMEET THE PANELLisa Atack is currently the Executive Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead in Greenfields Specialist Community School, Northampton. She is passionate about safeguarding and child protection and has been the front runner for a number of new safeguarding initiatives in her school and the Northampton Area. Greenfields is rated an ‘Outstanding’ school by Ofsted, specifically for it’s safeguarding processes and putting them into practice.Luke RamsdenLuke Ramsden is Deputy Headmaster and Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead at St Benedict’s School, a leading London Catholic School and Flagship School for MyConcern safeguarding software. Recently a co-educational school, St Benedict’s is an all-through setting which caters for students from the age of 3 through to 6th form. Luke’s commitment and dedication to keeping children safe and his first-hand experience will be an excellent addition to our panel of experts.Mike Glanville is Director of Safeguarding Services for MyConcern. Mike was a former Assistant Chief Constable for Dorset Police with responsibility for all child and adult safeguarding issues and sat on the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board. Earlier in his career, Mike was a trained Child Protection Investigation Officer and was responsible for managing and investigating serious child abuse cases. Mike is also an experienced school governor and he is currently the Chair of Governors for a primary school in Dorset.
56 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
Maintaining security after the rush to remote work | The Education Station
In today's episode we learn how some of the country’s leading Universities are approaching IT security for this new remote learning and working environment.About the challenges leading universities faced in the shift to remote learning and workingThe key cybersecurity concerns that are emerging as a result of the move to remoteWhat’s needed to keep students, staff, data and network secure in a remote worldMEET THE PANELJonathan Monk, Director of IT, University of DundeeRecently Jonathan has been focussed on realigning and improving both the IT delivery and digital core across the University including a significant restructure of service delivery, built on customer empathy and significant infrastructure modernisation. He is currently engaged in partnering with colleagues on an ambitious Digital Transformation programme. Ceri DaviesHaving graduated from Cardiff University, in 2005 he returned to as the role Assistant Director of IT and Enterprise Architecture, with responsibility for the Business Analysis, IT & Enterprise Architecture and Technical Programme Management functions. Ceri is also a member of the University Senate, the governing body for academic matters.Roger Harry, CEO, Circle ITRoger has led the Cardiff headquartered business through huge growth to become one the largest IT projects and services suppliers in Wales. Seen as a thought leader and industry expert Roger has presented all over the world and can regularly be found presenting for companies including Dell EMC, Autotask and Datto.Dmitriy AyrapetovDmitriy is the Vice President of Platform Architecture at SonicWall. As a cybersecurity expert, he speaks at industry conferences including, RSA, Gartner Security Summit, Dell World and is a regular presence at SonicWall’s annual partner conferences. Dmitriy holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and a BA in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley.
61 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Next Generation Security Fabric for Education | The Education Station
In this episode, alongside student security experts Switchshop we explore the challenges faced by the Education sector in ensuring that you can effectively secure your IT Network, deliver effective and secure remote access and remain compliant with government legislation like Prevent. We’ll also be looking at the importance of keeping pace with essential new technologies and understanding how light weight firewalls no longer offer the protection you need.. Why advanced threat protection technologies are essential for Schools, College and Universities. Not a “nice to have”Compliance with Prevent and IWF backingUnderstanding the importance of firewalling and UTM features – not the just web filteringThe need for a Security Fabric approach with multiple layers of intelligent shared security
46 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
What impact can automated school management have on pupil outcomes? | The Education Station
Hear from industry experts on how better administration can deliver a first-class student experience.How streamlined financial management can make a difference in the classroomHow a more efficient lunch service can have a positive impact on student wellbeingHow a focus on teacher CPD can impact student outcomesHow to reduce administrative burden through automation MEET THE PANEL Micon Metcalfeis Fellow of the ISBL and is an experienced School Business Professional. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Inspiration Trust. Micon holds the Advanced Professional Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership and is a DfE accredited School Resource Management Adviser. Caron LongdenIs National Development Manager – Food for Life Served Here and has been able to advise cooks, chefs and caterers on how best to achieve standards. Instrumental in growing the Food for Life Served Here award since 2009 she has a wealth of experience working with clients looking to source local, fresh and sustainable food and how best to promote to customers. Simon WildeSimon has over four years’ experience working with schools, academies and Trusts to digitally transform their school management systems. Prior to this, for 20 years he worked in the outsourcing industry, helping central and local government streamline their processes and reduce costs.
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