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Stop, Collaborate and Listen! PP214

Ollie Frith gives an exclusive insiders’ viewpoint on Pivotal’s Recent Instructors’ Conference this week. There are clips from some of the sessions and lots of inspiration from delegates and organisers. Ollie encourages us all to Stop, Collaborate and Listen, rather than blindly following ‘what we have always done’. The video Paul uses in his session: Tweet … Continue reading Stop, Collaborate and Listen! PP214 →

43mins

3 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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Dr. Todd Whitaker – (E.T.) Phone Home! PP229

In a fascinating interview, Tara Elie speaks to the influential educator, Dr. Todd Whitaker, about phone calls and how to be welcoming to parents. Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of … Continue reading Dr. Todd Whitaker – (E.T.) Phone Home! PP229 →

34mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Autistic? Genius! with Tom Bowes – PP192

Ollie interviewed the self-proclaimed ‘Autistic Genius’, Tom Bowes this week in a great interview about the condition and what we should, as teachers and human beings, be doing about it. Often, Tom says, people focus on the autism and not the individual. He points out that autism isn’t a behavioural issue but it can cause … Continue reading Autistic? Genius! with Tom Bowes – PP192 →

47mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Headteacher Simon Smith – Literature and Imagination! PP171

After a twenty-year journey to get to headship, via teaching  and advising roles, Simon began leading East Whitby Academy in 2014. Simon has leaned a lot about trusting your instincts in a particular role – and particularly acknowledging when a job is not for you and having the strength to make a change. How important … Continue reading Headteacher Simon Smith – Literature and Imagination! PP171 →

53mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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Bill Rogers Part 1 – PP221

Paul was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at length to the world’s leading authority on behaviour management, Dr. Bill Rogers. They sat down for afternoon tea together and this is the first part of their conversation. Bill Rogers is an education consultant. A teacher by profession, Bill now lectures widely on discipline and … Continue reading Bill Rogers Part 1 – PP221 →

40mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Holte School – Transforming Lives through Partnerships – PP203

Andy Oliver was appointed as an NQT at Holte School, Lozells, Birmingham in 1998. Holte was graded ‘Outstanding’ in 2009 and 2012, is an Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School and also recently achieved the Equalities Award. Andy undertook a variety of pastoral posts at the school including Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and now Deputy Headteacher. … Continue reading Holte School – Transforming Lives through Partnerships – PP203 →

39mins

16 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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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.  Rachel joined Leeds Beckett University in July 2017, and has established the Research and Practice Centre ‘CollectivED: … Continue reading Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247 →

54mins

4 Dec 2019

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YouTube For Teachers – and Baby Sharks! – PP231

This week, Tara speaks to Katie from the thriving YouTube Channel, ‘For Teachers’. Follow For Teachers: Instagram: @ForTeachers Twitter: _ForTeachers Email: enquireforteachers@gmail.com Katie has a fascinating story – originally a teacher in Manchester, she now teaches in Hong Kong and explains to Tara some of the differences she’s discovered. Katie is also passionate about promoting … Continue reading YouTube For Teachers – and Baby Sharks! – PP231 →

29mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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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 (below centre) is a Maths Lecturer from Waltham Forest College, Stephen Farmer (below left), is Headteacher at Cranbrook Education Campus and Dan Sandhu (below right), is from Sparx Maths. The conversation goes … Continue reading Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243 →

36mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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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/ … Continue reading Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244 →

37mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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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 … Continue reading What all teachers should know about Autism and learning – PP249 →

37mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Innovation is the name of the game – with David Miller PP239

Tara Ellie enjoyed speaking to David Miller this week. David is from Glasgow’s Kelvinside Academy which opened Scotland’s School of Innovation, the first of its kind in the UK, in September 2019. “This is a must for Scotland if it is to continue to punch above its weight in the global economy during these challenging … Continue reading Innovation is the name of the game – with David Miller PP239 →

35mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Clare Erasmus – Wellbeing Warriors! PP202

For Mike’s last episode of the academic year, he speaks to the remarkable Clare Erasmus who shares her insights around wellbeing – what a great end to a great year! Clare is Head of Faculty for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Brighton Hill Community School and describes herself as very fortunate to have experienced unconditional love … Continue reading Clare Erasmus – Wellbeing Warriors! PP202 →

42mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #13

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James Yates’ ‘Signature Behaviour Dish’ – PP190

James is Head of Academic Progress for Upper School at Plymton Academy. We were keen to speak to him because he combines a leadership role with being in the classroom himself. How did you learn to support and create a positive climate for behaviour in the classroom? James believes this came quite naturally to him … Continue reading James Yates’ ‘Signature Behaviour Dish’ – PP190 →

47mins

12 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Custody, Behaviour and Trauma with Dr. Andrew Rogers – PP195

Andrew is a Chartered Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and co-director of Changing Minds UK. He has over 20 years’ experience in delivering high quality applied psychology provision across a range of settings including; Elite Sport, Business, Mental Health, Social Care and the Criminal Justice System. Andrew has a particular interest and expertise in supporting … Continue reading Custody, Behaviour and Trauma with Dr. Andrew Rogers – PP195 →

51mins

7 May 2018

Rank #15

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Dr. Ian Cunningham – How to Hand Control of Everything to Students! – PP170

Paul interviewed Dr. Ian Cunningham from The Self Managed College in Brighton this week. He has some amazing things to share about handing control of everything over to students. There’s also lots of education news and Pivotal news! The Self Managed College works with children from a variety of contexts and allows them total control … Continue reading Dr. Ian Cunningham – How to Hand Control of Everything to Students! – PP170 →

50mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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Pivotal Pillars Playlist – The Early Years – PP211

Ollie Frith guides us through some of the earliest episodes of the podcast which cover aspects of the Five Pillars of Pivotal Practice: Consistent, calm adult behaviour  First attention to best conduct Relentless routines Scripted interventions Restorative follow up The episodes he refers to are: Restorative Practice – PP3 Scripted Behaviour Interventions – PP10 Managing … Continue reading Pivotal Pillars Playlist – The Early Years – PP211 →

1hr 18mins

12 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Do we know enough about Inclusion? Tara Elie speaks to Emma Brown – PP204

Tara Elie is back on the podcast this week after about a year away! She speaks to Emma Brown, a Practice Development Coach working in Social Care with clients who have learning disabilities and/or Autism. She shares a great deal of her knowledge which is equally applicable to those in mainstream settings who come into … Continue reading Do we know enough about Inclusion? Tara Elie speaks to Emma Brown – PP204 →

41mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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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 … Continue reading Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248 →

20mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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How to Survive in Teaching with Emma Kell – PP197

Dr Emma Kell has been teaching for two decades, mainly in inner-London secondary schools. She is now a middle leader with several years of senior leadership experience. In 2016, she completed her doctorate with Middlesex University on balancing teaching and parenthood and in January 2018, her book, How to Survive in Teaching, was published by Bloomsbury. … Continue reading How to Survive in Teaching with Emma Kell – PP197 →

56mins

21 May 2018

Rank #20