Say goodbye to Garth Smith and sail away on the #TMLondonBoat! PP124

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

Over the Summer 2016, we will be releasing 4 sessions from Teach Meet London Boat as ‘Pivotal Summer Shorts’.

Paul and Kevin had a fantastic time on the boat this week along with over 100 teachers who talked about a huge variety of topics and enjoyed the views of London as they sailed down the Thames.

Paul on the boat sporting a lovely hat
Paul on the boat sporting a lovely hat
Garth Smith
Our Man on the Inside, Garth Smith

This week we report back on that event and play Garth Smith’s last audio diary as a trainee teacher. Will he send us more in the future from his teaching career?

We will have to wait and see!

Read the full show notes on the Pivotal Education site
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How to get fantastic displays and reduce your workload – PP123

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

This week we have no guest but Paul answers questions from our old friend, Benny Bagels, and an email about how to maximise your classroom display. You might well be surprised by his ideas…

There’s also some very exciting news about the new Pivotal Flare in tweet of the week from Ellie Dix and a strange thing!

Look out for next week’s episode which will include some fly-on-the-wall audio from TeachMeetBoat!

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How to teach writing with Ros Wilson: Satisfaction Guaranteed! – PP122

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

This week Ollie and Kevin spoke to Ros Wilson, creator of Big Writing. Ros has over forty-five years experience in education, including twenty-seven years in schools, ten years in Senior Management positions and fourteen years in advisory and inspection work. She has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools in England and overseas, and has wide experience in teaching and advising on raising achievement for pupils with English as an additional language and also pupils with special educational needs.

Ros Wilson
Ros Wilson

She now focuses on writing and her consultancy, specialising in training, advising and supporting in schools.

Ros on Twitter – https://twitter.com/RosBigWriting

Ros’ email – Ros.Wilson@andrelleducation.com (case sensitive)

Olly’s story is via Mrs Dean from Belmont School in Harrow.

Garth Smith
Our Man on the Inside, Garth Smith

We were also delighted to have Garth Smith’s latest audio diary to listen to and he reveals his final grade!

Read the full show notes on the pivotal education site.

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Monk’s Transcendental Education – PP121

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

We had a great time talking to Heath Monk this week. Heath has just taken over as Executive Director of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham. He was previously Chief Executive of The Future Leaders Trust, which he led from a small start-up to its present position as an established and highly regarded leadership charity.

Heath Monk
Heath Monk

As well as creating more than 160 new head teachers, the Trust is notable for its recent work in designing and delivering Executive Educators, a development programme for those leading Multi Academy Trusts.

Read the full show notes on the pivotal education site.

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The ‘Real’ David Cameron on education in Scotland and how to improve assessment through trust – PP120

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

This week, Ellie and Paul had a remarkable conversation with David Cameron – the ‘Real’ one – who is a presenter, trainer and consultant on all areas in education and children’s services.

They cover a wide range of topics and there’s plenty of challenging views to get your teeth into! David talks about education in Scotland as well as how trust can be crucial in improving asessment.

Read the full show notes on the pivotal education site.

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Rob Carpenter on how to establish fantastic, high expectations…and meet them! PP119

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

In this episode, Rob Carpenter joined us to talk about his work in several Primary Schools in the London borough of Greenwich. Rob is now Executive Headteacher with Woodhill & Foxfield Primary Schools in South East London. He describes himself as ‘passionate about sharing best practice and learning together’. We loved talking to Rob about high expectations, his successes in his role adn many other aspects of his experience.

Rob Carpenter
Rob Carpenter

Read the blog post about the episode.

Connect with Rob on Twtter: https://twitter.com/carpenter_rob

As Rob says on his brilliant website,

“From the blogs to the documents, there are resources and ideas we want to share and believe can make a difference. Giving away our best ideas helps us create new ones. Feedback welcomed!”

http://www.robcarpenter.org.uk/

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Rob Jewell on looked-after children and why Welsh education has got it right – PP118

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

We had a great time talking to Rob Jewell this week. Rob is Strategic Leader for Looked-After Children in the Gower consortium covering six boroughs in North Wales.

Something of an educational celebrity in Wales, Rob shares his insights into the Welsh educational system as Waleswell as his experience of supporting looked-after children for many years.

Read the blog post about this episode.

At the beginning of the episode, Paul mentions this video from Kathryn Lovewell who records her reactions to spending a day with the Pivotal Team at a recent taster session:

Paul also feeds back to Paul Bailey who asked a question about restorative practice and what you can do when trying to convince others who are sceptical about the approach.

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Sugata Mitra on why children need teachers, autonomy and technology – PP117

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

It was a privilege and a pleasure this week to talk to world-renowned educational thinker Sugata Mitra about his work and his thoughts on an unusually wide range of educational issues.

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. You may well know his ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment, which involved giving access to computers and the internet to children and seeing what happened. This led to the ‘School in the Cloud’ and Sugata won the TED Prize in 2013 for this presentation:

Sugata Mitra
Sugata Mitra

Rather than focus exclusively on his own work, we decided to ask Sugata questions about a wide range of current educational issues and his answers were fascinating! Find out his thoughts on the future of education, Geordies, supply teachers, textbooks, high-stakes testing, teacher workload and more!

Read the blog post about what he had to say.

You can always contact Sugata on Twitter.

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Sounds like we will have a more positive report next time from Garth!

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Julie Farmer on how to meet the needs of the most vulnerable pupils – PP116

Mike Armiger
Mike Armiger
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

Paul is busy in Wales this week so, in his absence, Pivotal Education Senior Trainer, Mike Armiger, joined Kevin to speak to someone he knows well, Julie Farmer.

Before speaking to Julie, Mike describes what he has been doing with the Caerphilly Behaviour Project. Pivotal have been going into all the schools in Caerphilly – Pupil Referral Units, Primary, Secondary, Behavioural Units and SEN Schools. Mike has been involved with this training and also the Pivotal Instructors Programme for these schools and other settings. Mike has really enjoyed being involved with ‘Whoosh’ days and is hugely impressed with all the organisations who have been involved. He stresses that all adults are included in the Whoosh days which is what makes such a powerful difference. Midday supervisors, administration staff, teaching assistants, teachers, senior staff and everyone else involved with the running of the school is present and takes part. This helps to narrow down the consistency and then they can move on to other aspects such as therapeutic intervention and restorative practice.

Cefn Fforest Primary School
Cefn Fforest Primary School

Julie is headteacher at Cefn Fforest Primary School in Wales. She became a deputy head in 2001 in a school in Caerphilly and took up her first headship in 2007 at a school which had a BESD (behavioural, emotional and social difficulties) unit. She has been at Cefn Primary School since 2009 and her school hosts a social needs class and a social inclusion class for Key Stage 2 children.

Follow Cefn Fforest Primary School on Twitter and feel free to ask any questions about what you have heard on this week’s episodes – https://twitter.com/cefnprimary

Read this blog post about our conversation with Julie and leave a comment!

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How to look after your teachers; Lovewell on Well being – PP115

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It was brilliant to speak to Kathryn Lovewell this week. After university, Kathryn started her career in education by teaching drama and art workshops in the community. She was invited into a school to start off drama classes and so she completed licensed teacher training and had a very difficult first year.  She loved working with young offenders and undertook therapeutic training. This kind of work then led to going back into schools to lead work on wellbeing of students. Kathryn was asked by teachers to do the same kind of work with them and this has now grown into ‘Every Teacher Matters‘, Kathryn’s book and ‘The Teacher Sanctuary‘ online wellbeing provision.

What happens in a school when the wellbeing of teachers is ignored?

Kathryn Lovewell
Kathryn Lovewell

Kathryn belives the environment becomes toxic when the wellbeing of teachers is ignored. On top of classic fatigue and burnout, bullying and aggression happens and recruitment and retention become much more difficult. Sickness and absence due to stress would be reduced with more attention paid to wellbeing and there would be a lot more emotional loyalty in schools.

Kathryn says we can start proving wellbeing is linked to positive outcomes for students and the lessons are already there in big businesses like Google and Microsoft where wellbeing is taken very seriously.

Wellbeing is a challenging issue because you don’t get instant results.

Kathryn describes the 10 years she has been doing this work as feeling like smacking her head against a brick wall but now the tide is turning with everyone from governments downwards beginning to talk about character strength, mindfulness and wellbeing as if they had always been there. Kathryn couldn’t even have used those words until very recently. They are seen as ‘fluffy’ concepts but:

The suicide rate amongst teachers is 40% higher than the national average.

Kathryn says often people don’t listen to what she has to say until she quotes this statistic. It’s a global picture, not just in the UK. Some countries are doing much better than the UK but it’s a societal issue. Parents want good grades, of course but we are at a tipping point of what is being measured and why.

How much can you patch teacher wellbeing and how much is embedded in the culture of a school?

Kathryn has lots of evidence that the patches can make a difference and she says she knows she has saved lives with her work. However, fundamental genuine change, has to be down to culture change. In her first year of teaching, Kathryn was a victim of the culture that says that unless you are flogging yourself to death, you aren’t fulfilling your obligations to a school. She was hospitalised by the end of the year. She admits she ‘bought into’ the culture and had issues around perfectionism but:

There is a systemic, cultural structure that I think is inhumane.

Places like Finland have a much better situation with a short school day, lots of play time and no homework.

If the culture change to value wellbeing isn’t led by the head then it won’t happen. In Australia there are now posts for senior leaders who are just looking at the wellbeing of the school. Simple things can make a huge difference:

  • Having drinks ready for a staff meeting
  • Making sure that staff meeting timings are kept to
  • Making the timetable work for staff as well as subjects
  • Making sure facilities are plentiful and clean
  • Having someone in charge of doing teachers’ dry cleaning!

These very small human things can say, ‘I love you’, ‘I care about you’, ‘you matter’, ‘let me make your life easier’.

When teachers value their own self-care and are supported to do so by the culture of the school, the students know – it feeds their energy and inspiration.

How do you protect against teacher burnout when it comes from the teachers’ own enthusiasm, keenness and utter dedication?

This has to come from the headteacher. Some more simple aspects of this could be around:

  • Providing filtered water
  • Making getting some food easy
  • Make the timetable humane
  • Lead by example – this is probably the most important

If the headteacher converses in the staffroom about human things, organises good wholesome food for inset days, makes arrangements for staff with childcare responsibilities or organise the staff to leave the building at the same reasonable time as they do themselves – and not take work home. Kathryn even suggests getting temp staff in to take the workload off staff.

It’s not professional to show a child that you are worth less than your students.

Connect with Kathryn:

http://kathrynlovewell.com/

https://twitter.com/KathrynLovewell

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