Those Who Can

Those Who Can is a podcast for teachers, talking through all things educational! Each week we will be interviewing teachers and getting to know the stories behind their work in the classroom. From investigating the best and worst lessons that have been taught, through to discussion about pedagogical theories and techniques, this show is for all teachers looking to build and develop their practice.
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Sep 23, 2018

The second episode of this season sees us debating the worth of extra-curricular activities. Often a large part of school life, do they distract too much from the core work of teachers, and is enough done in recognition of the efforts that are put in?

This podcast marks perhaps the first time we disagree on an issue, as well as straying in to other areas of school life, for instance the role of the form tutor and how to best support students outside the classroom. As always, do get in touch if you want to discuss any of the issues that come out of this week's discussion, or if you'd like to appear in a future episode. 

Sep 3, 2018

As summer winds to a close, alarms get set and pencils are sharpened up and down the country, we want to open Season 3 with a few thoughts on how to get the new school year underway in the best possible way. 

From considering the impact and purpose of INSET, to offering thoughts to those starting in new roles or kicking off their careers in teaching, we hope this will be useful in setting the right tone for the coming months!

Mar 29, 2018

Questioning is one of the core aspects of teaching. Often talked about, much debated and sometimes taken for granted, we take the chance to talk to Sarah Donarski about her recent work around how to best approach questioning in the classroom. 

Both Paul and Will do their best to keep up with the intellectual level that Sarah brings to the table, with a combination of practical tips, common pitfalls and philosophical musings all provided. 

Mar 12, 2018

This week sees us talk about what got us into teaching in the first place, as well as offer thoughts on whether it has been all we expected it to be. We also talk about what has inspired us over the course of the past year, as well as the ways in which we have learned from those around us. 

How we look to set a tone in the classroom and help our students develop in the best way possible has undoubtedly changed since either of us started teaching, and this episode gives us a chance to talk about what this now looks like. 

Feb 28, 2018

This episode sees us try to tackle workload head on, and inevitably only scratch the surface of what is an enormous issue in teaching. For many teachers, the idea of a work-life balance will seem a laughable pipe dream, which is something that needs to change. Paul and Will reflect on ways in which this might start to happen on an individual-teacher basis, while also offering some thoughts on where the issues stem from. 

Whether you are an NQT who is worried about what lies ahead of you, or a member of SLT who wants to think more about how to address workload in the school, we hope this is a useful starting point on an issue we will definitely be coming back to!

Jan 28, 2018

The new season of Those Who Can sees new co-host Will Bailey-Watson join the show, with a slightly different format. Each week we'll be discussing a broad issue or debate within education, as well as answering questions from teachers about some of the specific problems they are facing, or areas they would most like to celebrate or improve. 

This week sees us tackle what we think are the most difficult parts of teaching (which could be a series in itself!), as well as offer advice on how much effort should be spent on creating resources for the classroom. 

If you want to get involved or have a question you would like us to answer, join us on twitter or drop us an email!

Apr 17, 2017

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. 

Jan 4, 2017

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. 

If you would like to be involved with a future episode, drop us an email at or tweet us @thosewho_can. 

Nov 21, 2016

This week sees me talking to Sarah Donarski, teacher of English and in charge of ITT training at Wellington College. We talk about how resources became too much of a focus in our lessons when starting out, as well as what she thinks the future of education looks like. 

Sarah has a great deal of expertise and insight when it comes to using research to develop her own practice, and what more schools can do to help staff to reflect on their pedagogical approach. Pippa and I also take a chance to talk through our own use of resources, as well as our respective training paths and whether we wished we had taken a different route. I also learned that 'izzy-whizzy' was a thing. 

If you'd like to be interviewed and share your story in a future podcast, email us at You can also follow us on Twitter @thosewho_can. Sarah can be found @s_donarski

Nov 6, 2016

This week sees us talking to Peter Maskell, a Latin and Classical Civilisations teacher. We discuss his worst ever lesson, how he came to be involved with Classics, as well as what he thinks the future holds for the subject. 

Paul and Pippa also talk through their thoughts on AQA's decision to drop Classical Civilisations and whether single exam boards might be the best way forward. Paul is also given the chance to reminisce when conversation turns to the benefits of FE colleges, while Pippa considers to what age it should be compulsory for students to have to study certain subjects or topics. 

If you'd like to be interviewed and share your story in a future podcast, email us at

Sep 27, 2016

This is the first episode of Those Who Can, hosted by Paul Dwyer and Pippa Wadey. Our inaugural episode is a chance to introduce ourselves and talk through some of the things that make us tick in the classroom. This episode will also give a flavour of what's to come in future podcasts; the kind of questions we will be asking, the issues we will be exploring, and a little more about the two of us. 

Those Who Can is an educational podcast aimed at teachers and those involved in school life. We all have different approaches to life in the classroom, and this podcast is designed to find out more about the stories behind those who work to help students achieve the best possible outcomes day-in, day-out.