In this week's episode, we discuss a really important issue when it comes to wellbeing in schools, and that's the menopause. With a majority of school staff being women, and a significant number of those over 40, the menopause has a major impact on the health and wellbeing of staff in schools and it's time to start talking about it and, more importantly, doing something about it. This episode is not just for women either. Male school leaders have a responsibility to look after their staff and this includes women experiencing the menopause or menopausal symptoms. So, I asked Nicky Bright, ex-head of Bruton School for Girls and leadership development consultant to join me for this episode.
John Tomsett is a nationally renowned school leader supporting schools to improve the quality of teaching and learning. He has 33 years of teaching experience, with 18 years as a headteacher. He led Huntington School in York, one of the country’s leading Research Schools, for 14 years. He offers consultancy on school leadership with a clear focus upon improving teaching and learning and curriculum development.
In this interview, John and I discuss how you can improve teaching and learning and the curriculum in your school whilst taking care of the wellbeing of your staff.
In this week's episode, I interview Clemmie Stewart who I am sure you will love listening to! I first encountered her when I followed her on Twitter as I found her tweets so positive and uplifting. Clemmie has the privilege of being Senior Head of Prep Schools at Surbiton High School, 500 pupils across two Prep Schools in South West London. Prior to that she spent 4 years in a State Junior School, being part of the team who took the school from Special Measures to Good with Outstanding. Over ten years in the world of education, working across all sectors, has given Clemmie a great insight into the best leadership, pedagogy and approaches when delivering a world class education in the Primary years. Further to this, she is also on the governing body at two primary schools. The energy of this woman knows no bounds!
Skilled in Coaching, Classroom Management, Curriculum Development, Staff Development, and Educational Leadership, Clemmie has a BA (Hons) English and Education Studies. Outside of her role at Surbiton High School, Clemmie is a prolific tweeter, often collaborating with many well-regarded educationalists across the country. A recent project is the Podcast Clem and Em that she co-hosts with Dr Emma Kell. Along with her Principal, Rebecca Glover, Clemmie recently delivered a TedX talk, entitled ‘Do Snowplough Parents Remove Essential Grit’?
This week, I am delighted to be joined by Dame Alison Peacock. Dame Alison has had an illustrious career in education and is now the CEO of The Chartered College of Teaching. In an inspirational interview, she talks about how to support staff to be their best. Dame Alison exudes kindness and compassion and talks about herself and the roles she has undertaken with humility and passion. She is a champion for teachers and teaching and you are going to love this interview and love Dame Alison!
This week's interview is with Dr Christian Van Nieuwerburgh. Christian is a highly regarded executive coach, leadership consultant and academic with an international reputation. He is a thought leader in the areas of coaching in educational settings, interculturally-sensitive coaching and the integration of coaching and positive psychology in professional contexts. In addition to significant experience of delivering consultancy and executive coaching to clients in the UK and internationally, Christian is recognised as a leading academic in the field of coaching psychology. He is the Editor in Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.
If you're thinking about introducing coaching in your school, this is the episode to listen to. Christian talks about the impact and benefits of coaching in education that are soundly based in research and the four quadrants of the Global Framework for Coaching and Mentoring in Education.
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Bennie Kara is an English teacher and deputy headteacher responsible for teaching and learning at a secondary school in Derby. She is a speaker, coach and trainer on topics such as language, literature, leadership, diversity, curriculum, assessment and teaching & learning. She is a Teach First ambassador from the inaugural cohort of Teach First and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is also the author of The Little Guide for Teachers: Diversity in Schools.
You can buy a copy of Bennie's book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Guide-Teachers-Diversity-Schools-ebook/dp/B0895XHTW1#ace-g0979249316
Bennie also referred to Sway by Pragya Agarwal: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sway-Unravelling-Unconscious-Pragya-Agarwal-ebook/dp/B0844LQQL1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sway+by+dr&qid=1613485655&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Ben Solly is the principal at Uppingham Community College in Rutland where he is in his fourth year. He spent his first three years as a headteacher at Lutterworth College in Leicester. Ben regularly writes articles for the Sec Ed Bulletin. In this episode, Ben and I talk about how you can create a culture of wellbeing in your school and how you can prioritise your own wellbeing and be a role model for your staff.
Ben and I talked about the wellbeing charter that they have developed at the school. You can find a copy of it here: https://uppinghamccacademy-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/solly_b_ucc_rutland_sch_uk/EaUp7F0XwM5HsJ48Zz2wVu4Bnif_r6BcRDawIeVvzzAOcA?e=F769xD
Ben also refers to the Embedding Formative Assessment project that the school was part of; you can find the case study here: https://www.ssatuk.co.uk/blog/case-study-the-impacts-of-efa-on-uppingham-community-college/ and the blog here: https://www.ssatuk.co.uk/blog/case-study-the-impacts-of-efa-on-uppingham-community-college/
Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education. She has a specific research interest in professional learning, exploring how teachers learn and how they can be supported to put that learning into practice.
Rachel is a teaching educator and researcher. Her interest starts with student teachers, but extends to teachers and educators at all career stages and in all sectors. Ensuring that teachers keep learning is critical when the policy and practice landscapes of education keep shifting. Rachel has a particular interest in how teachers learn through approaches such as coaching, mentoring, lesson study, professional enquiry and inter-professional practice. She marries these interests with a concern for the development of innovative pedagogies and curriculum design. Key to all of these are the opportunities for that professionals at all stages of their career and in all roles have for dialogue and creative and critical thinking.
This week I spoke with the inimitable Andy Buck, who generously shared his knowledge, experience and wisdom on all things wellbeing and coaching. A geography teacher by trade, Andy was a headteacher for thirteen years at two schools in east London. In his last year of headship, his school was judged outstanding in all categories and Andy was designated a National Leader of Education. In 2009 he became a Director at the National College for School Leadership, leading on the London Challenge programme. He was subsequently responsible for setting up the government’s flagship Teaching Schools programme before being appointed as Managing Director at United Learning, one of the country’s largest academy groups.
Since 2014, Andy has founded Leadership Matters which aims to improve the educational outcomes for pupils by supporting great leadership development. Leadership Matters is a web-based membership organisation that offers school leaders access to high quality online development tools and other leadership articles, videos and blogs.
Andy was invited to become a Fellow of the RSA in 2015 and was made a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching in 2018. He is also Honorary Vice President at the Geographical Association and Honorary Education Adviser to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.