The Schools & Academies Show Podcast

ON DEMAND INSIGHTS FOR THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY

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. Join us and be part of a growing community at the UK’s largest education policy event at ExCeL, London on 29th and 30th September 2020. If you would like to get in touch with the team, please email podcast@schoolsandacademiesshow.co.uk

EP 18: CENTRALISING THE IT INFRASTRUCTURE IN A MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST

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

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EP 17: PUPIL BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS

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

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EP 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. It also reiterates the importance of PE in the school curriculum, what funding is available and how to prepare for an Ofsted inspection.

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EP 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.

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EP 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.

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EP 13: THE CIVIC ROLE OF SCHOOL TRUSTS

In this week’s 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. CST believes that, because of high accountability and efficiency, the academy model should be taken as an example for the whole schools system; but at the same time the narrative on academies portrayed by the media needs to be improved.

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EP 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. This session was recorded live on 14th November 2019 in the SEND Theatre of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 11: TEACHER WELLBEING: A CASE STUDY AND A RESEARCH PAPER

This week’s episode deals with one of the most pressing topic in education: teacher wellbeing. You can 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 on what is the best way forward.

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EP 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? Listen to this week’s episode where Debbie Clinton, member of the GovNet Education Advisory Board, leads this panel of successful women, discussing their experience. The panel includes Kirsty Grundy (Principal, Shireland Technology Primary & Primary Director, Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust); Jules Daulby (National Leader of #WomenEd, Education Consultant and Writer, Women Edtech) and Bukky Yusuf (Science Lead, Edith Kay School). This panel was recorded live on 13th November 2019 in the Tech Theatre of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 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).

These sessions were recorded live on 13th and 14th November 2019, in the Tech Theatre of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 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; how to ensure that work on curriculum is informed by the best available evidence; how to use evidence to develop curricula that privilege knowledge and implement approaches which promote more than just the retention of knowledge.

This session was recorded live on 14th November 2019, in the MAT Summit of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 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? What impact does the Government’s National Retraining Scheme have on teaching and learning? This conversation is chaired by Andy Mellor (National Immediate Past President, NAHT), with panellists Nancy Wilkinson (Senior Programme Manager, Nesta), Professor David Brown (Professor of Interactive Systems for Social Inclusion, Nottingham Trent University) and John Cope (Head of Education & Skills Policy, Confederation of British Industry). This panel discussion was recorded live on 14th November 2019, in the Main Stage of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 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. These issues are debated by Robin Bevan (Headteacher, Southend High School for Boys), Anastasia Byard (School Business Manager, Airedale Academy) and Alastair Cowen (Vice-Chair of Trustees, James Brindley Academy). This panel discussion was recorded live on 13th November 2019, in the Business & Finance Theatre of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 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. On the stage with him, Amanda Richardson (MBE, CEO, Action Cerebral Palsy), Professor Adam Boddison (CEO, nasen), Morten Jacobsen (Teacher & Technology Scout, Skolen ved Nordens Plad). This panel discussion was recorded live on 14 November 2019, in the Main Stage of the Schools & Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EP 4: WHAT DOES THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION MEAN FOR SCHOOLS?

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? How well is Britain’s education system equipped to welcome this wave of technological innovation? How will this affect the future careers of young people? Camilla Turner (Education Editor, The Telegraph) chairs this panel of leaders in the tech sector: Dr Alison Clark-Wilson (Principal Research Lead, UCL EDUCATE Project), Nimmi Patel (Policy Manager, techUK), Nancy Wilkinson (Senior Programme Manager, Nesta) and Aftab Hussein (ILT Strategic Lead, Bolton College).

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EP 3: MOVING MATS FORWARD: THE POWER OF GOVERNANCE

Is the role of trust members in MATs currently concentrating power in the hands of a small amount of individuals? 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 (Director of Policy, NGA) and Tom Fellows (Research Manager, NGA) respond to these and more questions during their insightful presentation.

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EP 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 (Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute), Sam Butters (CEO, Fair Education Alliance) and Ty Goddard (Co-Founder, The Education Foundation).

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EP 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 (Chief Constable, West Midlands Police), Mark Brindley (Founder, The James Brindley Foundation) and Arnold Yousaf (SOS+ Project Development Lead, St Giles Trust).

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