A celebratory episode in many ways (mainly because it marks the first time we have actually managed to release in line with our fortnightly schedule!), this week sees me interview Jess Lund, Head of MFL at Michaela School.
We take a look at the methods of Michaela and the way that they go about ensuring the teacher is at the centre of learning in the classroom, as well as how French is taught in a knowledge-based curriculum. Jess also talks us through her worst lesson and Paul studiously avoids speaking French to avoid embarrassing himself.
There are top tips for teaching 'the Michaela way', while Pippa and Paul also take time to consider how to best look for learning in the classroom and the role that exercise books should play in schools.
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This week sees Paul interview Ben Butlin, a teacher of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at a Milton Keynes comprehensive. We talk all things behaviour (including tips on how to avoid being egged in lessons), how to ensure that consistent standards are maintained across a school and the value of a strong form tutor.
We also talk about the importance of subject knowledge and the responsibilities for Heads of Department to lead from the front, the best way to develop subject passion within students, and reflect on how to best communicate with colleagues, parents and students from an academic and pastoral perspective.
There are tips for managing behaviour in the classroom, both for teachers and school leaders, as well as thoughts on what makes a strong form tutor and how we can best ensure that subject knowledge is at the heart of all that we do.
After a longer than expected break brought about by a loss of voice issue and then Christmas (Happy New Year!), this week sees us talk with Charlotte Harvey, Lead Practitioner at Tolworth School and Teach First alumna.
Charlotte reflects on the role of Lead Practitioner in general and the pitfalls that schools can fall into when trying to make the best use of the role. We also take a moment to look at how to get the best out of mentoring relationships in school, as well as how to best judge if a lesson isn't working and how to best change tack.
Charlotte talks to us about what got her into teaching, why she decided to take the Teach First route, and what makes her despair about changes to GCSE and A level.
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