Dan Edwards is the principal of Woodstock Primary Academy, a large primary school in the heart of Leicester City. He shares the best piece of advice he was ever given as a school leader, and how that’s shaped his leadership today.
This episode is especially helpful for those new to leadership or starting a new position in the next academic year.
His episode is Being an Authentic and Humane Leader
Tom Wheelhouse left his career as a police officer and decided he would deliver fit-for-purpose wellbeing, personal development and career transition services to frontline people.
He founded Mightify in 2015 because he wasn’t willing to accept that people in frontline roles across society gave so much and got so little in return.
His episode is What next? The Power of Options
Read moreYou can connect with Julie: Her website is www.thewlbc.com Email Julie@thewlbc.com Twitter @juliewlbc LinkedIn Julie Hurst Her Youtube channel is Positive Education with animations explaining Positive Education. Also mentioned in this podcast Martin Seligman Sonja Lyubomirksy Maya Angelou Poetry Foundation “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Sharon Salzberg Joseph Goldstein Professor Kristin Neff Self-Compassion.org – a lot of free content on this site
PROFESSOR JO CLARKE
Read moreYou can connect with Jo: Via their website, for information about their training www.petros.org.uk Via her PA Laura Laura@petros.org.uk Also mentioned in this podcast: The Rudyard Kipling poem, If “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same…” Ross Greene (website) – Lives in Balance Ross Greene (books) Lost at School and The Explosive Child
Read moreYou can connect with Victoria: On Twitter On Facebook On Instagram On LinkedIn Their websites are www.connectionsinmind.co.uk Their Free Course on ‘Introduction to Executive Functions’ is available at www.cimlearning.com The Forum for Future Education event on June 22nd information and tickets are available at www.connectionsinmind.com/future-of-education
Alison Kriel is the founder of the newly launched ‘Above & Beyond Education’ – a social media platform for all educators and schools to celebrate, connect, support, grow and collaborate to make every school into a great school.
Alison was an inner-city Executive Head Teacher for nearly 20 years and a CEO for 5 years. She has a passion for social justice leadership, wellbeing, equity, inclusion and diversity.
Her episode is Above & Beyond Education
Naomi Ward has over 14 years experience in the classroom and leadership and is the founder of Purposeful Educators.
She is a Co-Active coach and is accredited with the ICF. She holds a Masters degree in Media, Culture and Communication from the Institute of Education.
Through the Purposeful Leadership and Purposeful Coaches programmes, Naomi is determined to be part of a purpose revolution in schools across the UK and internationally.
Her episode is Being a More Purposeful Educator
Other people and things mentioned in the podcast:
The Heart Aroused by David Whyte. The poem is an extract from La Poesia by Pablo Neruda.
The Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher Project [MTPT] www.mtpt.org.uk #MTPTproject
The Compassionate Teacher by Andy Sammons
Kristen Neff self-compassion.org
Tara Brach www.tarabrach.com
Mark Taylor has been a professional percussionist for 25 years and has performed with some of the UK’s finest orchestras and theatre companies.
He is also a teacher; vice-chair of the National Association for Primary Education and host of the Education on Fire podcast.
Mark shares his wisdom from years as a musician, teacher, and podcaster and the numerous conversation he had with people who all had one common purpose – to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for children and young people.
His episode is Life is Happening FOR You not TO You.
Toby Cowern has lived in the North of Sweden for the last 15 years. He fuses nature engagement, applied wilderness and urban survival skills. He’s also a Certified Facilitator in Lego® Serious Play®.
This is an episode with a difference!
What does a survival specialist know about the struggles of teachers or leaders right now? How can nature help us when we’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or just fed up? Quite a lot, as it happens!
Mental Health Awareness Week is May 10-16, and the theme this year is Nature.
His episode is Connecting with Nature for Mental Health
You can connect with Toby:
David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, and the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teacher Development Expert Group.
They recently published a working paper, ‘A Culture of Improvement’ exploring the key factors that improve outcomes for pupils.
His episode is Towards A Culture of Improvement
You can connect with David:
You can find his book Unleashing Great Teaching where all great books are sold.
Visit the Teacher Development Trust website tdtrust.org
Read the working paper ‘A Culture of Improvement’ on the website tdtrust.org/coi
Read moreYou can connect with Emma: On Twitter
Other mentions in this podcast are:
TES Business Manager of the Year – Louise Barber
Abby Bayford – Letter to my NQT Self
Sam Moinet is a former History teacher and the founder of ‘Student Breakthrough’.
As an international speaker and coach, his aim is to transform emotional support for young people and create lasting change for future generations.
Her podcast episode is: The Revolution in Student Wellbeing
Anne Hudson is a human resource professional with over 25 year’s experience in HR, much of it working in education with schools.
Anne suggests a very effective strategy for supporting Headteacher’s wellbeing might be a short Sabbatical. She has prepared some key documents to help you consider and implement it. Please contact her directly using her email below.
Her podcast episode is: A Practical Strategy to Avoid Headteacher Burnout
Dame Alison Peacock
Simon Ward is a Senior Educational Psychologist in the Wirral in the North of England, where his specialism is positive psychology and wellbeing.
As an Educational Psychologist, he is particularly interested in the application of positive psychology in schools and classrooms.
His podcast episode is: Coping in a Crisis
Ruth Davies is the President of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the headteacher of Waunarlwydd Primary school in Wales.
Ruth passionately believes in the role education has to play in advancing the interests of children and their families.
Her podcast episode is: A New Vision for Bold Leaders
Sinéad McBrearty is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Support, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities.
Sinéad advocates for a systemic approach to wellbeing and mental health, highlighting the significance of teacher wellbeing for pupil learning and mental health, as well as social and economic outcomes.
Her podcast episode is: Supporting Educators
Adrian McLean is a former headteacher and experienced Senior Leader. He currently leads across a Multi Academy Trust in the West Midlands developing Character Education and Personal Development.
Adrian is passionate about representation, ethical leadership and positively disrupting the system. He’s currently reading a Masters in Character Education at the University of Birmingham.
His podcast episode is: Character Matters
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
You can connect with Ernest:
His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Read moreShe 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 https://www.yesslaw.org.uk/ The Maternity Action website is https://maternityaction.org.uk/
Read moreAdele 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 Website, where 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.
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?
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 www.sameseadifferentboats.com.
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
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
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