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20 minutes | 7 months ago
Why young people need lawyers Just For Kids - Part 2 - PP258
JUST FOR KIDS LAW exists to help children and young people overcome all the difficulties they face, from problems at school and issues with immigration status to trouble with the police. They work with and for young people to ensure their legal rights are respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued. Last time, Lynsie Monroe spoke to three Just For Kids Law team members: Chief Executive Officer, Enver Solomon Natalie Bichard, Youth Advocate Alex Temple, Public Lawyer and Policy Officer For part two of this episode, we hear from two young people, Harry and Kadeem, who have supported the School Exclusion Project and campaign as well as advocate for social change on the issue of school exclusion.
50 minutes | 9 months ago
Why young people need lawyers Just For Kids - PP257
JUST FOR KIDS LAW exists to help children and young people overcome all the difficulties they face, from problems at school and issues with immigration status to trouble with the police. They work with and for young people to ensure their legal rights are respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued. Lynsie Monroe spoke to three Just For Kids Law team members: Chief Executive Officer, Enver Solomon Natalie Bichard, Youth Advocate Alex Temple, Public Lawyer and Policy Officer
69 minutes | 10 months ago
How Kiran Gill is continuing to make 'The Difference' in PRUs and AP PP256
Kiran began her career in inner-city London, as an English teacher in schools serving the most deprived postcodes in the country. After five years on the frontline, Kiran left to work in education policy, searching for solutions to the rising number of vulnerable children who fall through the gaps. Kiran was working at Social Mobility Commission when she conceived the idea for The Difference. She has led its work full-time since January 2017. In a detailed and wide-ranging conversation with Pivotal Education's Mark Bocker, we learn a huge amount about Kiran - her story, what motivates her, hat The Difference stands for and a lot more.
47 minutes | a year ago
How Kris Boyd moved from scoring goals to supporting children's mental health - and why it matters PP255
This week, a new presenter to the Pivotal Podcast, Cathy Duncan, spoke to the Scottish former football star, Kris Boyd. After a very successful career, Kris now works to help improve the mental health of those in need. Kris grew up in the South Ayrshire village of Tarbolton and started his senior football career with Kilmarnock. He transferred to Rangers in January 2006, and was their top goalscorer in each of his seasons at Ibrox. He is the top goalscorer in the history of the Scottish Premier League, with 167 goals in total. Pivotal Education Principal Trainer, Cathy Duncan Boyd had a short spell in English football with Middlesbrough, during which time he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest. He signed for Turkish club Eskişehirspor in 2011, but terminated his contract after five months and moved to the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer in January 2012. He later returned to both Kilmarnock and Rangers. Having played several games for the Scotland U21 and Scotland B teams, Boyd received his first cap for the senior Scottish national team in 2006. He scored seven goals in eighteen appearances for the senior national side over four years. In 2016, Boyd's younger brother Scott took his own life aged 27. The Kris Boyd Charity was founded in January, 2018. As Kris says:
33 minutes | a year ago
How to maximise lockdown learning with Serena Clark PP254
This week, Lynsie Monro speaks to Harrow International School Hong Kong's Deputy Head of Lower School (Pupil Wellbeing), Serena Clark. Serena is an award winning mentor and the recipient of outstanding leadership judgements from Ofsted in 2014 and 2018. With extensive experience of delivering the highest professional standards of educational and parochial care, she has been a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead since 2015 with FGM and Positive Handling specialist training. Serena believes in the value of lifelong learning, the equality and rights of every child and the crucial role education has in building our future. As you can imagine, Serena is able to share many insights into her experiences of teaching through lockdown, particularly how to maximise learning at a distance.
66 minutes | a year ago
Why wellbeing is more important than curriculum coverage with Adrian Bethune PP253
Mark Bocker picks the brains of Wellness champion, Adrian Bethune this week. Adrian Bethune is a Healthy Body and Mind Leader and Teacher at a primary school in Hertfordshire. He was awarded a 'Happy Hero' medal at the House of Lords on the UN International Day of Happiness in 2013, and has been on stage with the Dalai Lama and Lord Richard Layard in 2015 talking about teaching happiness in his school. He is passionate about children's mental health and happiness and has been interviewed by numerous national newspapers and other press organisations, including The Telegraph and Teach Primary Magazine. Adrian is founder of www.teachappy.co.uk Adrian is the author of, Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness, which is out now. In a wide-ranging, in-depth discussion, Mark and Adrian explore the importance of wellbeing for children and adults in our schools as well as Adrian's story and plans for the future.
72 minutes | a year ago
What are Therapeutic Schools and why should all schools follow this pattern? Shahana Knight explains. PP252
This week, Mark Bocker speaks to Shahana Knight, Childhood Trauma and Mental Health Specialist. Shahana is the Founder and Director of TPC therapy Ltd. A mental health service for children and young people. She manages a large team of play therapists who work with vulnerable children in schools, adoption, fostering and homicide across the UK. She is the founder of the ‘Therapeutic Schools Programme’ through which she works with schools across England to put children’s wellbeing at the core of education. Shahana is pioneering a vision/mission for all schools to become therapeutic. Her unique approach is making a significant impact and has been recognised by BBC newsround and BBC Teach who have both done features in which she has appeared. She is also a finalist in the upcoming Ladies First Awards 2020, in the categories of; ‘Inspirational Women’ and ‘Business Entrepreneur’. Shahana writes a regular segment in Headteachers Update, the national magazine for primary schools, sharing therapeutic teaching ideas and techniques. She is also a governor of a primary school and sits on two foster care panels. Her own experiences of childhood trauma inform her work, offering a unique perspective based on empathy, understanding and a raw truth that cannot be found in textbooks alone. In a detailed and expansive conversation, we learn a great deal about Shahana's work and plans.
54 minutes | a year ago
Dr Hope - Learning Packs before Six Packs - PP251
This week, new presenter Lynsie Monro speaks to Dr Harry Hope about how he has led his Primary School through the opening stages of the Coronvirus emergency. It's a fascinating interview and Harry shares a huge amount about his approaches and stresses what he thinks is most important for everyone to remember at times like these. Harry earned his medical degree and worked as a Junior Doctor before following his true passion, education. He hung up his stethoscope and trained to become a teacher. Working across a range of settings in both the UK and in Singapore, Harry cultivated a strong belief in lifelong learning and developed a his expertise in the leadership and management of curriculum change. After taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher in East Sussex, Harry was appointed as Principal of Waterfield Primary School in the Summer Term of 2019. Harry holds firm the belief that we all have an important role in developing our children to become global citizens who are equipped with the skills they will require to tackle the world of tomorrow. School should be a happy place, where every child has the freedom to explore and discover their talents amongst a strong foundation of essential core skills. Our interviewee is Dr Harry Hope (MBChB PGCE NPQH) @DrHopePrincipal Waterfield Primary School @Waterfield_TCT
30 minutes | a year ago
Baby J and the Baby People - UK's first Hip Hop school! PP250
This week, Huw talks to the amazing Baby J about the alternative provision in Derby he runs called Baby People. We use the term 'inspirational' a lot but Baby J is definitely an inspiration to the many young people who have benefited from what he has achieved. Baby J is an established record producer who has been working in the industry for over a decade. Artists he has worked with include Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Skinnyman, Jamelia and Plan B. Alongside his production work Baby J runs Baby People, a music and arts development agency that produces events and runs educational provision for young people.
37 minutes | a year ago
What all teachers should know about Autism and learning - PP249
This is a compilation episode with clips from the following episodes: Sarah Wild on girls and autism…it’s not just a boy thing – PP159 Autistic? Genius! with Tom Bowes – PP192 Do we know enough about Inclusion? Tara Elie speaks to Emma Brown – PP204 Emma Brown is back! Listener Questions on Autism – 210 Kevin and Mark Bocker introduce the clips and stress the importance of understanding Autism. You can listen to the full episodes referred to on http://www.pivotalpodcast.com/
21 minutes | a year ago
Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues - with Dame Benita Refson DBE - PP248
Benita is Founder of Place2Be and a qualified counsellor. Benita was CEO for 20 years until 2014 when she stepped down and was appointed life time President and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically through her role as President. Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in 2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of services to education. Currently Benita is Trustee of Children of Success Schools, FORWARD TRUST and a Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney. This week, Mark spoke to Benita about the issues and potential solutions around child mental health. They talk about Place2Be as well as how we should be helping schools to provide as much help as they can. Benita believes there is a lot of wonderful practice happening today and discusses the current state of collaboration and co-ordination amongst schools and agencies. https://www.place2be.org.uk/
54 minutes | a year ago
Coaching, Mentoring - what's the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains - PP247
Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education. She has a specific research interest in professional learning, exploring how teachers learn and how they can be supported to put that learning into practice. Mark speaks to Rachel this week about her varied and fascinating background as well as her thoughts on the value of mentoring and coaching - and also what the difference is. There's also, of course, time for our favourite question - "What's the best thing you've ever learned from a child" and Rachel's favourite passage from a book.
38 minutes | a year ago
Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas - and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes - PP246
This week, Tara Elie speaks to Gavin about how adults need to be more like children and how we should all give ourselves permission to play and enjoy life. He offers suggestions for teachers on how to remain sane at Christmas with their classes and also reads his favourite book - you might be surprised to hear what it is!
29 minutes | a year ago
Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio - PP245
This week, Tara was invited onto Voice of Islam Radio to take part in a programme about the link between exclusions and crime, including knife crime. Voice of Islam Radio is a new Digital DAB 24hr radio station which offers news, views, discussion and insight on Islam’s Perspectives on the world today. It is a new channel that will inform, engage and give you a chance to express your views on a range of topics. Broadcasting 24 hours a day the station aims to give everyone a space for discussion, for people of faith, no faith or just those with an interest in social peace and greater justice. http://voiceofislam.co.uk/
38 minutes | a year ago
Kirstie Mackey - Barclays Life Skills - for life! PP244
This week, Mark talks to Kirstie Mackey from Barclays Life Skills which provides: Tool tips and learning resources for you to help yourself or to support you in the development of others For students, educators and parents, the scheme provides City and Guilds approved activities and resources covering a huge range of work/life topics. https://barclayslifeskills.com/ contains an enormous range of help for student and Mark has very positive memories of working with the scheme when he was headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unit.
37 minutes | a year ago
Technology in the Maths Classroom - helpful or harmful? PP243
This week, Tara speaks to three guests about Maths in the classroom and how technology can help or hinder learning. Dr Christian Salas is a Maths Lecturer from Waltham Forest College, Stephen Farmer, is Head at Cranbrook Education Campus and The conversation goes into depth about the Sparx Maths system and its benefits to schools like Stephen's and Christian presents a slightly different point of view! So what do you think? Is technology beneficial in subjects like maths, is it all just a way to ensure non-specialist teachers can teach maths or is it something different? What's your experience of using technology in the classroom - Maths or any other?
56 minutes | a year ago
Behaviour Problems in England with Mary Meredith PP242
This week, Mark speaks to Mary Meredith, Head of Inclusion at Lincolnshire County Council. In an engrossing and detailed conversation, they cover many different areas of behaviour in English schools - what's going well, what's going badly and what should happen in the future. Mary's in-depth knowledge of research combined with her enormous personal, practical experience of education make this episode a must-listen for anyone who is serious about changing the nation's attitude towards behaviour management for the benefit of every learner and young person. It's packed with evidence-based ideas, strategies and advice for teachers - and government.
41 minutes | a year ago
Do you think vlogger Blair Minchin is 'bad'? PP241
This week, Kevin and Ollie speak to the talented Blair Minchin, a primary school teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Blair has been teaching for 5 years, having previously worked in law, practising in commercial litigation. He says he ADORES his job and has a real passion for developing pupil voice inside the classroom and out. He is currently leading a whole school sport house initiative aimed at developing a love of exercise and team sports across his school. Blair is also currently taking part in a practitioner enquiry into outdoor learning in Numeracy.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
Mark Bocker - from Head of PE to Pivotal Principal Trainer - PP240
Mark has 37+ years’ experience in special, PRU and mainstream education; most recently as a headteacher of a small specialist (ASD/SEMH) residental school and a headteacher of a large pupil referral unit (PRU). Prior to headship, Mark also held positions including Director of Inclusion; Lead Behaviour Professional, Senior Teacher, Head of PE and Classroom Teacher. In this episode, Mark shares three of the Pivotal Podcast episodes which have affected him and tells the stories behind his choices.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Innovation is the name of the game - with PP239
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