Bukky Yusuf

Bukky Yusuf is a senior leader, science teacher and coach. She’s had a number of leadership roles within mainstream and special schools and is an ambassador for Leadership Matters.

Bukky is a Network Leader and coach with grassroots organisations WomenEd and BAMEed.

Her podcast episode is: Exploring EdTech, Wellbeing and Poetry

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You can connect with Bukky:
On Twitter
On Instagram
On LinkedIn
Her website
Her YouTube channel is B Yusuf Teach

Maria Brosnan

Maria Brosnan is the Founder of Pursuit Wellbeing; host of The Pursuit of Wellbeing Podcast; author of The Pursuit of Sleep for teachers and a passionate advocate for teacher wellbeing.

This episode is a bit different than normal, as I’m the guest rather than the host!

I recorded it with Caroline from Cornerstones Education for their podcast show, The Curriculum. We talk about a subject very dear to my heart – sleep.

The podcast episode is: How to Break the Sleep Stress Cycle

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You can connect with Cornerstones:
Via their website
Via Twitter

Connect with Maria:
On Twitter
On LinkedIn

Victoria Hewitt

Victoria Hewitt is the teacher behind ‘Mrs Humanities’. She’s the author of ‘Making it as a Teacher’ and a proud ambassador for the UK charity, the Education Support Partnership.

Victoria shares her personal experience of burnout; key ways to identify it and how to deal with it before it happens.

Her podcast episode is: Be Kind to Yourself to Prevent Burnout

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You can connect with Victoria:
On Twitter
Her website is
Her book is Making it as a Teacher
You can read more about the Eisenhower Matrix she mentioned.
The Education Support website is and phone number is 08000 562 561 [UK]

Kelly Hannaghan

Kelly Hannaghan is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant and writer. She has received many awards and acknowledgements for her work in embedding whole-school wellbeing approaches.

She has over 20 years experience working within educational settings and currently works with The Education People and her business Mind Work Matters.

Her podcast episode is: The Power of Relationships for Wellbeing

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You can connect with Kelly:
On Twitter
On LinkedIn
The Education People
Her email is

Andy Mellor

Andy Mellor has over 30 years experience teaching and leading in the state education system in England.

He is a Past President of the NAHT [National Association of Headteachers] and is currently the National Wellbeing Director for the Schools Advisory Service, leading their National Wellbeing Partnership.

In this episode, Andy doesn’t pull any punches. It is FULL of practical advice on how to make a positive difference in your school, within a system he believes is fundamentally broken.

His podcast episode is: Fixing a Broken System

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You can connect with Andy:
The Schools Advisory Service website
On Twitter
On LinkedIn

Mal Krishnasamy

Mal Krishnasamy is an Educational Consultant & Coach.

With almost 20 years experience in education as a teacher, middle leader, then Senior Assistant Principal across a multi-academy trust, she’s seen it all.

Her podcast episode is: How to be an Assertive Leader

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You can connect with Mal:
On Twitter
Her Website where you can find out more about her Assertive Leadership Coaching Courses
On LinkedIn

Kathryn Grice

Kathryn Grice was a secondary English Teacher for ten years, and Head of Department. She left full time teaching in 2016 and founded the Teacher Empowerment Project.

The Teacher Empowerment Project platform signposts CPD and communities, wellbeing advice, support and new career opportunities.

Her podcast episode is: Teacher Empowerment

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You can connect with Kathryn:
On Twitter
On Facebook
On Instagram
Her Website

Laura McInerney

Laura McInerney is the Co-Founder of Teacher Tapp, the daily survey app that asks over 8,000 teachers each day about what they want, need, think and feel.

Laura was formerly the editor of Schools Week. She is one of the Guardian’s education columnists and taught for six years in London state schools.

Her podcast episode is: Wellbeing Findings from 8,000 teachers.

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You can connect with Laura:
On Twitter
Her Website


Ernest Jenavs

Ernest Jenavs is the CEO of Edurio, the research company responsible for the largest comprehensive review of the Covid-19 impact on schools in England to date.

He is co-author of the research which had 45,000 pupils, parents and staff take part across 277 schools.

His podcast episode is: COVID-19 IMPACT ON SCHOOLS

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You can connect with Ernest:
On Twitter
His email is
His Website
You can download a summary of the reports mentioned in the podcast using this link
And find out about how to join their new research on equality, diversity and inclusion via the website.


John Magee -The Kindness Coach

John is a speaker, coach and best selling author.

His best selling book, Kindness Matters, has been described as “the one book that will transform your life and the lives of others.”

His global movement “Kindness Matters” reaches over 100,000 people daily on social media.

His podcast episode is: Kindness Matters

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You can connect with John:
On Twitter
His Website
On YouTube
On Instagram
His best selling book, Kindness Matters is widely available.
Read more about Hal Elrod’s “The Miracle Morning”


Ross McGill

Ross McGill is an experienced senior teacher with a career-history spanning 25+ years working in state schools across London. He is the founder of Teacher Toolkit and is an award-winning teacher, author and blogger.

In 2015, Ross was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ for his influence on education with his blog and resources having reached over 11 million people.

And he’s the author of 7 books, including:

  • Just Great Teaching
  • Mark. Plan. Teach
  • 60-Second CPD and more, which you can find on his website and Amazon.

His podcast episode is The Teacher Toolkit

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You can connect with Ross:
On Twitter
His Website

Patrick Ottley-O’Connor

Patrick is the Headteacher at Westhoughton High School in Bolton.

He has been a teacher for 34+ years, including 27 years as senior leader 17 years as a head Principal/Executive Principal in secondary, primary and special schools.

Patrick coaches many aspiring, new and experienced headteachers and CEOs, particularly those facing significant challenges both in the UK and internationally.

Married to Mel with 5 sons & living the #teacher5aday dream as a Wellbeing Supermodel!

His podcast episode is Leading a Culture of Wellbeing.

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You can connect with Patrick:
On Twitter
Find out more about Teacher 5 a day

Beth Kelley

Beth is a psychotherapist, consultant, coach, and author.

She recently co-authored a book called Teaching, Learning, and Trauma: Responsive practices for holding steady in turbulent times.

She loves working with schools that are committed to caring for their most valuable resource…their people.

Beth is joining us from Colorado.

Her podcast episode is Holding Steady in Turbulent Times.

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You can connect with Beth:
On Facebook
On Instagram
Her Website

Mark Goodwin

For 20 years, Mark was a teacher, school leader, trainer & coach.

He’s now the founder of Equal Parts Education, delivering turnaround programmes to permanently excluded young people.

He works with staff on behaviour & well being through teaching schools, schools and universities. Mark’s passion is still the classroom and most days he’s teaching across all phases in special, alternative or mainstream with particular needs.

His podcast episode is 5 Ways to Manage Boys with Challenging Behaviour

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You can connect with Mark:
On Twitter
His Website


Emma is an employment solicitor with over 15 years experience advising employers and employees.

She is currently a consultant with YESS (having previously been CEO), a charity which provides employment law advice focussed on avoiding litigation and resolving disputes.

Her podcast episode is Legal and Moral Obligations in School

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She has worked with UKHeads Up providing training in schools for the last 8 years.

Emma also sits as an Employment Tribunal Judge.

You can connect with Emma:
On Twitter @Emmakwebster and @YESSLaw
The YESS Law website is
The Maternity Action website is

Adele Bates

Pupil behaviour is the second highest reason why teachers leave the profession (behind workload.)

Adele shares her key strategies for teachers, school leaders and educators who are struggling to engage pupils with challenging behaviour; who want to create inclusive classrooms where learning is the focus.

Adele is a behaviour and Education Specialist with over 18 years’ experience.

She’s had juice poured on her head, been whacked by a skateboard, and taught a year 7 pupil who has experienced severe trauma, how to read their first ever word.

Her podcast episode is Struggling with Pupil Behaviour?

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Adele is an educator and advocate for inclusion in education and students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. Adele teaches these pupils in a variety of educational settings and trains others to do so.

She is a TEDx Speaker 2020 and a forthcoming author of the Behaviour Guide “Miss, I don’t give a sh*t.” with Sage Publications.

You can connect with Adele:
On Twitter
Her Websitewhere you can join her 6-week mini-CPD training on supporting behaviour for teachers and pupils, available for just £15.
She’s currently writing her new book, “Miss, I don’t give a sh*t.” published by Sage Publications.

Therese Hoyle

Therese has over 25 years’ teaching experience in mainstream & special education.

Since 1996 Therese has worked nationally and internationally with over 450 schools and organisations, and more than 14,500 individuals.

She has inspired them with her programmes: Flourishing Schools, Keys to Wellbeing, Positive Playtime, Circle Time, Positive Behaviour Management, Emotional Literacy and Leadership Coaching programmes.

Therese has a passion for creating positive school environments and for supporting children in reaching their full and true potential.

Her podcast episode is Simple Strategies to Improve Teacher Stress

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You can connect with Therese:
On Twitter
On Instagram
On Facebook
Her Website
Download her free Wellbeing Toolkit
She is the best Selling Author and her books are widely available:

  • 101 Playground Games
  • 101 Wet Playtime Games
  • Therese is contributing author of How to Be a Peaceful School.

Kimberley Evans

Kimberley began her teaching career over 20 years ago.

She left teaching 2 years ago to set up Nourish the Workplace to make a difference in the profession she loves. After seeing many people leave education due to unhappiness and workload she made a commitment to show schools how easy it is to improve staff wellbeing. 

Nourish the Workplace gives schools the tools it needs to prioritise and celebrate staff wellbeing It provides the tools to give every member of staff a voice and helps the school recognise their staff and their particular needs. 

Her podcast episode is Missing the School Staffroom?

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Vanessa McHardy

Vanessa is an Integrative Child Psychotherapist who works in schools and has a private practice in London.

Vanessa has developed a therapeutic return to school series of programmes and initiatives through the generous funding of the Lars Windhorst Foundation, you can find these at the website

She is a specialist in practical, simple life skills that support mental health and wellbeing.

Her podcast episode is 3 Simple Tools to Manage Stress in the Classroom

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You can connect with Vanessa:
On Twitter
Her Website

Frederika Roberts

Frederika is a speaker, trainer, author and occasional lecturer in Positive and Character Education and Positive Psychology.

Frederika is passionate about supporting schools in enabling individuals and communities to flourish and, to this end, has completed a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and is undertaking a Doctorate in Education to underpin her work in schools.

She is the Founder and Managing Director of Educate to Flourish CIC, a not-for-profit organisation set up to support children’s flourishing during and beyond their years in education.

Her podcast episode is: Enhancing School Wellbeing through Character Strengths

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You can connect with Frederika:
On Twitter
Her websites are and
Her book For Flourishing’s Sake and is widely available.

John Rees

John is an experienced teacher, speaker, coach, trainer and consultant with more than 25 years educational leadership experience.

John is passionately committed to improving the learning and life chances of children and young people.

He provides training & consultancy in PSHE [Personal, Social, Emotional Health] Citizenship and SMSC [Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development] and all aspects of school improvement, supporting individuals, organisations and Local Authorities, including public health teams.

His podcast episode is: Supporting NQTs, RQTs and their Mentors

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You can connect with John:
On Twitter
His Website

Sonia Gill

Sonia is a qualified teacher who has taught all ages from 4 to 16. She’s also had a successful career in business, having been selected onto the prestigious John Lewis leadership programme.

Sonia founded her company Headsup in 2011 where she and her team have been supporting schools to become genuinely outstanding. The schools they support are four times more likely to gain or maintain their outstanding judgement.

She’s the author of two Number 1 ranked books, ‘Journey to Outstanding’ and ‘Successful Difficult Conversations in school’.

Her podcast episode is: School Leadership in a Time of Crisis

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You can connect with Sonia:
On Twitter
Her Website
Sign up for her daily emails to support school leaders
Her Number 1 ranked books are widely available: Journey to Outstanding and Successful Difficult Conversations in school.

Dr. Sue Roffey

Sue is a psychologist, academic, author, activist and speaker. She is currently an honorary professor at universities in the UK and Australia and the Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide.

Sue is a prolific author, having written chapters, blogs and numerous books on issues related to school and student wellbeing such as behaviour, relationships and social/emotional learning.

Her podcast episode is: ASPIRE to Wellbeing in School

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You can connect with Sue:
On Twitter
Her Website
Her TedX Talk is “School as Family Education Aligned with Healthy Child Development.”
Her books are available on her website and widely elsewhere:
The Primary Behaviour Cookbook, The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook, Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing

Sam Garner

Sam is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, she trains education staff nationally and internationally, is a published author of the book Mental Health in Education – Building Good Foundations’.

Sam is a renowned speaker and trainer on Mental Health and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and an ex SENCo. She writes CBT programmes to be used in schools.

Her podcast episode is: The 3 “Musts” That Cause Teachers Anxiety and Stress

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You can connect with Sam:
On Twitter
Her Website
Her book is ‘Mental Health in Education – Building Good Foundations.’