The Schools & Academies Show Podcast

The Schools & Academies Show Podcast brings to you the latest policy updates concerning primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom. We also host debates and discussions on the most compelling issues for senior leaders and practitioners in education. If you would like to get in touch with the team, please email podcast@schoolsandacademiesshow.co.uk

ON DEMAND INSIGHTS FOR THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY

EPISODE 37

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA THROUGH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Listen to Sally Welch presenting the brilliant work that Frewen College is doing in assisting pupils with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia, through the use of Assistive Technology.

EPISODE 36

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT T-LEVELS

Stella Pearson from the Department of Education provides and overview of the newly-launched T-Levels, alongside a T-Level provider and a Higher Education Provider, who share their views and perspectives on the qualification.

EPISODE 35

UNDERSTANDING SCHOOL FUNDING

In this episode Simon Oxenham, Director of Resources, Southend High School for Boys & National Lead on School Finance & Efficiency, ISBL explores how school funding works in England.

EPISODE 34

MANAGING CHANGE IN SCHOOLS

How can a Business Leader drive change in schools? During these challenging times, hear from Simon Oxenham on how he managed to turn around a Multi-Academy Trust, handling hope and hesitations of an entire senior leadership team.

EPISODE 33

PROMOTING EFFECTIVE PEDAGOGY IN COMPUTING

How can computing be taught in the most evidence-based effective way? In this episode James Robinson answers this question and offers advice to teachers on the best way to engage with pupils on the subject.

EPISODE 32

EDTECH AND COVID-19: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

We had the pleasure to host a conversation with EdTech enthusiast Bukky Yusuf, on how technology has assisted educators and learners during lockdown and what role it will play with pupils going back to school.

SPECIAL EPISODE

THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ IN SCHOOLS

Listen to this special episode on how to safely re-open schools, and what the priorities should be for this academic year.

EPISODE 30

BUILDING RESILIENCE AND NURTURING WELLBEING

An inspiring talk from Andy Wolfe on empowering teachers and leaders in schools, the importance of timing and resilience, and the positive impact this has on learners.

EPISODE 29

PROMOTING INCLUSION ACROSS A MAT

How a school serves its most vulnerable pupils is telling of the level of care it provides.Listen to Helena sharing insights on the approach to inclusion at David Ross Education Trust (DRET).

EPISODE 28

ACADEMISATION IN THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

Listen to Paul Barber explain how the system has changed balancing consolidation and innovation, with clear and constant principles at its core: subsidiarity, solidarity, clarity and accountability.

EPISODE 27

A STRATEGY FOR TECH IN YOUR ACADEMY

What’s the importance of a strategy to implement and use technology in your academy? In this episode Winston Poyton provides advice on how to think about tech and get the best use out of it.

EPISODE 26

EFFICIENT USE OF SEND FUNDING

In this episode Karen and Richard from the Driver Youth Trust provide you with their recommendations on how to measure success and maximise funding value.

EPISODE 25

RELIEVING THE ADMIN BURDEN THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

EdTech can proactively support staff and pupil engagement, allowing teachers and school business professional to focus on richer learning experiences and their own personal and professional development.

EPISODE 24

SUPPORTING EARLY CAREER TEACHERS

Listen to Debbie Clinton, Emma Hollis and Reuben Moore discuss what response is needed, focusing on professional development and wellbeing.

EPISODE 23

MODULAR BUILDING THAT IMPROVES YOUR ESTATE

Sarah Denton guides you through some great examples of implementation of modular building, showcasing how they represent an effective and efficient alternative to traditional building.

EPISODE 22

PROCUREMENT HINTS & TIPS

How can you ensure that your organisation is appealing and receives bids? Hear from Pat Condon about the right moves you can make to attract the best suppliers.

EPISODE 21

“FIND A WAY!” – HOW TO GENERATE INCOME

Listen to how Pen Green Centre found innovative solutions to generate income, which include establishing a training centre awarding nationally recognised qualifications.

EPISODE 20

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS, MIGRATION AND ENGLISH AS AND ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE

Listen to Terri Cawser (Birmingham Council) share best practices and tips on how to assist schools in creating a truly inclusive environment.

EPISODE 19

THE WORKLOAD CHALLENGE

How can the Human Resources department assists in solving the matter of excessive workload? As the new Ofsted Inspection Framework drew new attention to it, Christina Pontig (North Tyneside & Northumberland Council) is helping schools address the cause of the issue.

EPISODE 18

CENTRALISING THE IT INFRASTRUCTURE IN A MAT

Andrew Walls from Sidney Stringer Academy presents the journey the trust embarked in transforming and centralising the IT infrastructure across all of its schools.

EPISODE 17

PUPIL BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS

What is the best approach to pupil behaviour in class? In his presentation Tom Bennett presents the key findings of the Independent Review of Behaviour in Schools 2017, and discusses the resulting recommendations.

EPISODE 16

STUDENT WELLBEING AND PE, SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Sue Wilkinson (AfPE) shares insights on the benefits of Physical Education, sport and Physical Activity on wellbeing of learners in primary and secondary schools. 

EPISODE 15

SCHOOL BUDGET MASTERY

Stephen Morales (ISBL) leads this week’s episode with a talk on how to plan a 5-year school budget. At the core is Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning, as an effort of joined-up leadership – with pedagogy, governance and business working seamlessly together.

EPISODE 14

PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION IN SCHOOLS

In this episode Jen Persson (Defend Digital Me) shines a light on how schools can fairly collect children’s data and the need for awareness on how commercial organisations use them.

EPISODE 13

THE CIVIC ROLE OF SCHOOL TRUSTS

In this episode Leora Cruddas (CEO, Confederation of School Trusts) presents CST’s assessment on the status of academies within society and the civic role they must play. 

EPISODE 12

SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Listen to Steve Baker’s insightful presentation on how brain development influences behaviours and learning, and what educators need to consider when they interact with children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

EPISODE 11

TEACHER WELLBEING: A CASE STUDY AND A RESEARCH PAPER

This episode deals with one of the most pressing topic in education: teacher wellbeing. Hear how both a research paper presented by Dr Bronwen Maxwell (Sheffield Institute of Education) and a case study from Woodland Academy Trust draw very similar conclusions.

EPISODE 10

HOW CAN WE EMPOWER MORE WOMEN TO BE EDTECH LEADERS?

What obstacles do women face in the EdTech sector and what can be done to make sure that more women are promoted into leadership roles in the education sector? Debbie Clinton, member of the GovNet Education Advisory Board, leads this panel of successful women.

EPISODE 9

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE

What role do schools play in protecting children online? Listen to advice and insights provided by Adam Medlycott (CEOP Education Officer, National Crime Agency) and Alison Watts (Chair e-Safety Safeguarding Board, Children’s Services, Buckinghamshire County Council). 

EPISODE 8

DESIGNING AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO A KNOWLEDGE-RICH CURRICULUM ACROSS A MAT

In this episode Mark Miller (Head of Bradford Research School at Dixons Academies) will cover how Dixons Academy Trust have built a culture of high autonomy with high alignment.

EPISODE 7

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN IMPROVING SOCIAL MOBILITY

What impact does EdTech have on social mobility? How can we best prepare young people for future opportunities and ensure lifelong learning? This conversation is chaired by Andy Mellor (National Immediate Past President, NAHT), with panellists Nancy Wilkinson, Professor David Brown and John Cope. 

EPISODE 6

LEADING EXCELLENT SCHOOL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Stephen Morales (Chief Executive, Institute of School Business Leadership) leads this panel on school resource management, touching on triangulation of leadership, the role of School Business Professionals in Senior Leadership Team and Board meetings, and investment on SBP’s skillset. 

EPISODE 5

THE FUTURE OF SEND

How do we put the child at the centre of all we do? How do we effectively involve parents in decisions about their child? What innovative solutions provide improved outcomes? Andy Mellor (National Immediate Past President, NAHT) chairs this inspirational panel discussion on the future of SEND. 

EPISODE 4

WHAT DOES THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION MEAN FOR SCHOOLS?

How well is Britain’s education system equipped to welcome this wave of technological innovation? Camilla Turner (Education Editor, The Telegraph) chairs this panel of leaders in the tech sector.

EPISODE 3

MOVING MATS FORWARD: THE POWER OF GOVERNANCE

Is school improvement best served by geographically dispersed MATs? What are the implications of the changing role of school leaders in MATs and how might these work best? Sam Henson and Tom Fellows from the NGA respond to these and more questions during their insightful presentation.

EPISODE  2

THE NEW OFSTED INSPECTION FRAMEWORK: A WELCOME IMPROVEMENT OR A MISSED OPPORTUNITY?

Should Ofsted cover financial health of a school or academy? Has Ofsted really weaned itself off data? Deep Dives: an opportunity or just increased workload? Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor of TES, leads this discussion on Ofsted with the Rt Hon. David Laws, Sam Butters and Ty Goddard.

EPISODE 1

REDUCING VIOLENCE AND KNIFE CRIME AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE

How can schools work with other organisations effectively? What is the impact of exclusion reduction programmes? Camilla Turner, Education Editor of The Telegraph moderates this panel discussion with Dave Thompson, Mark Brindley and Arnold Yousaf.

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