We're joined by Chloe Bateman this week, a recent NQT who shares her experiences and wisdom with us. Paul does his best to recall his NQT year, while Will does his best to recall being a teacher.
Featuring an array of tips that we hope are useful for any Newly Qualified Teachers, mentors and leaders, we also hope this prompts a few trips down memory lane to where it all began for all who listen!
This week we discuss the relationship between middle and senior leaders: when it goes well, where potential issues arise and how to get the most out of talented HoDs/manage upwards when necessary.
We also discuss the nature of results and the examination system, which was a lot more pressing at the time of recording but is hopefully still of interest!
With the gaps between seasons becoming longer and slightly more erratic, our return sees a reflection on the past year. We consider the value of educational conferences in the context of Will's growing profile, talk about Ed Tech and blogs vs journals, while Paul gets slightly grumpy about Twitter.
Most importantly - we're back!
We talk this week about the list put forward by Ben Newmark last term, outlining all of the activities and approaches he felt hadn't worked in the classroom. The list drew upon his extensive experience and was extremely well-received, so we felt it would be a great starting point for discussion and reflection from our own time at the chalkface.
From card-sorts and reading races to role-plays and learning styles we consider what makes something a 'success' in the classroom and how to plan to ensure that all students are served in the best possible way.
Given Will's role and the on-going challenges facing PGCE courses across the country, we thought it worth spending a little bit of time unpacking exactly what it is that Will does for a living.
Featuring an insight into teacher training at university, some thoughts around the strengths and drawbacks of the PGCE and its alternatives, as well as a full blown introspective meltdown on Will's part, we hope you enjoy this week's episode on a slightly different area of teaching.
Heads of Department should be the engine room of any school. Ensuring that this is the case, without becoming overburdened by admin or losing trust in colleagues is the topic we unpick this week.
Guest starring Jess Lund, Head of MFL at Michaela School, and very long-winded questions from Paul, we look at the best parts of being a HoD, the pitfalls to look out for, and general advice to anyone who is looking to make their mark as a middle leader.
This episode sees Paul and Will take on behaviour management (for probably the first of many times!). From looking at what the role of senior leaders should be in shaping policies and supporting staff, through to the advice we would give to teachers who are just setting out, we try to talk through how our own experiences have shaped our current approach.
Trying to do as large a topic as behaviour management justice in 40 minutes is no easy task, and so we hope you enjoy this starting point for the conversation.
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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