Nancy Gedge and David Cameron on keeping children at the forefront of what we do – Summer Shorts 5 – PP129

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

This is the fifth week of the Pivotal Podcast Summer Shorts.

The Pivotal Podcast has always been about bringing you inspirational moments to inspire from educational experts. Sometimes we have to cut parts of interviews out due to time contraints so this week I have been back through what’s on the cutting room floor. I’ve found a couple of excellent examples of snippets from two of our favourite guests which would otherwise have be lost.

Nancy Gedge
Nancy Gedge

The first clip is from award-winning blogger, teacher and parent, Nancy Gedge and the second is from presenter, trainer, consultant and former Director of Childrens’ Services, ‘The Real’ David Cameron. They speak about very different aspects of education and safeguarding but the commom thread is the importance of keeping children at the forefront of everything we do.

David Cameron
David Cameron

Read the full show notes on the Pivotal Education site

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and Literacy – Summer Shorts from #TMLondonBoat – PP128

Paul Dix
Paul Dix

Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne
This is the fourth and final week of the Pivotal Podcast Summer Shorts from the recent TeachMeet London Boat event. More than 100 educators met at Westminster Pier and took to the water to discuss a wide range of issues in education.

The fourth session I recorded dealt with issues around English as a Foreign Language – EFL. It was facilitated brilliantly by Amjad Ali and led to a lot of useful tips, approaches and resources being shared. By this time we had sailed past the Houses of Parliament and had turned round for home so listen out for the bells of Big Ben’s clock tower striking a quarter to nine and some police sirens in the background.

As this is the last of the Pivotal Podcast Summer Shorts from this event, we also hear as many take aways from TMLondon Boat as I could capture from the educators on the boat and even after we disembarked, there was still time for some fun as Action Jackson and Jaz Ampaw Farr sat down on the steps leading up from boat and started singing. I hastily retrieved my sound recorder so you can hear me bumping it about a bit but I wanted to see if I could capture some of the singing – there’s also violinist busking in background. Then some passers by gave Jaz their baby to hold and you can hear they had to reduce the volume of the song It was an amazing end to a great experience.

Links mentioned in the episode:

https://www.grammarly.com/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/women-leading-in-education

Amjad Ali (left) facilitated this session
Amjad Ali (left) facilitated this session

Parliament in the background
Parliament in the background

Farewell to TeachMeet London Boat
Farewell to TeachMeet London Boat

Action Jackson strikes up on the steps
Action Jackson strikes up on the steps

Jaz and helpers!
Jaz and helpers!

It's all over!
It’s all over!
Photographs by William Mulryne

Read the full show notes and see all the photographs on the Pivotal Education site

Job satisfaction – Summer Shorts from #TMLondonBoat – PP127

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

The third session I recorded at #TMLondonBoat was based on the question, ‘What job satisfaction do you get from your role?’ It led to a brilliant number of different answers and the focus on positive responses was lovely to hear. It left us all with a warm glow and reminded us what’s great about being in education.

Over 100 educators gathered at Westminster Pier to board the boat and cruise the River Thames while discussing educational issues. The format was different to many TeachMeets – delegates submitted the questions they wanted to discuss as they boarded the boat and then small groups were formed, facilitated but not dominated by a volunteer.

Everyone agreed it was a brilliant experience and we all look forward to many more TeachMeets which follow this pattern.

#TMLondonBoat photo
Immortalising the event!
#TMLondonBoat photo
Sitting on the floor discussing what’s great about our roles!
#TMLondonBoat photo
Plenty of views…
#TMLondonBoat photo
Video and audio recording in action!

Photographs by William Mulryne

Read the full show notes and see all the photographs on the Pivotal Education site

Mental Health and Mindfulness – Summer Shorts from #TMLondonBoat – PP126

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

In our second Summer Short from TeachMeet London Boat, a group of teachers and educators talk about mental health and mindfulness. They cover areas such as student anxiety around exams, ADHD, how and why to use mindfulness techniques and practical, classroom approaches to making a positive impact on the mental welbeing of their classes.

Links mentioned in the episode:

http://www.bemindfulonline.com/

The Body Scan Practice

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindfulness-Eight-Week-Meditation-Programme-Frantic/dp/B004ZFZJWA

https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Over 100 educators gathered at Westminster Pier to board the boat and cruise the River Thames while discussing educational issues. The format was different to many TeachMeets – delegates submitted the questions they wanted to discuss as they boarded the boat and then small groups were formed, facilitated but not dominated by a volunteer.

Everyone agreed it was a brilliant experience and we all look forward to many more TeachMeets which follow this pattern.

#TMLondonBoat image
@TeacherToolkit, @ASTsupportAAli) and @Actionjackson
#TMLondonBoat
Deep in conversation on the boat
The Mental Health and Mindfulness discussion in full swing
The Mental Health and Mindfulness discussion in full swing

Photographs by William Mulryne

Read the full show notes and see all the photographs on the Pivotal Education site

Policy and Politics – Summer Shorts from #TMLondonBoat – PP125

Paul Dix
Paul Dix
Kevin Mulryne
Kevin Mulryne

This is first of four Summer Shorts which were recorded at TeachMeet London Boat recently. This one is about Policy and Politics.

Over 100 educators gathered at Westminster Pier to board the boat and cruise the River Thames while discussing educational issues. The format was different to many TeachMeets – delegates submitted the questions they wanted to discuss as they boarded the boat and then small groups were formed, facilitated but not dominated by a volunteer.

Leon Cych and Jaz Ampaw-Farr
Leon Cych and Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Everyone agreed it was a brilliant experience and we all look forward to many more TeachMeets which follow this pattern.

Read the full show notes and see all the photographs on the Pivotal Education site

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
(Creative Commons Sound clip by Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. – http://www.johnny-pixel.com/ http://www.freesound.org/people/jppi_Stu/)

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!

Tweet of the Week

Read the full show notes on the Pivotal Education site
(Creative Commons Sound clip by Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. – http://www.johnny-pixel.com/ http://www.freesound.org/people/jppi_Stu/)

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.

(Creative Commons Sound clip by Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. – http://www.johnny-pixel.com/ http://www.freesound.org/people/jppi_Stu/)

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.

(Creative Commons Sound clip by Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. – http://www.johnny-pixel.com/ http://www.freesound.org/people/jppi_Stu/)

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.

(Creative Commons Sound clip by Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. – http://www.johnny-pixel.com/ http://www.freesound.org/people/jppi_Stu/)