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Devoted to professional development, teacher wellbeing and all things positive in education - The aim is simple: to share the positive voices of teachers and school leaders from around the world. Each podcast covers a different topic, with guests sharing personal stories and their views on what can help. Although based in the UK, the themes of curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, behaviour and pastoral support are universal and can help to promote connected open dialogue with teachers around the world.
40 Episodes
Support for ECTs #2What is the difference between personal and professional authority? How can we approach behaviour management with confidence?Karl Pupé is a qualified classroom teacher with 10 years’ experience across the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. Specialising in Behaviour Management, he worked as a Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) Co-ordinator teaching students with severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. Karl is also the author of “The Action Hero Teacher” & founder of the & his blog was voted one of the "Top 10 Education Blogs" in the UK by market research companyThis episode originally appeared in 'Tiny Voice Talks' by Toria Bono.  For more support follow her on Twitter: @Toriaclaire or visit 
The third episode of our support for ECTs series - we hear from Tom Holloway from the Primary Science Teaching Trust.  He shares a wealth of ideas to inspire and engage pupils in outstanding Science learning.  We discuss a range of topics, including teaching the Sustainable Development Goals through Science, Biomimicry and finding the true purpose of Science education for all.
Support for ECTs - episode 1What is a knowledge-rich curriculum? Why is it so important?  In this episode Natalie Wexler shares a wealth of insight into her book 'The Knowledge Gap: the hidden cause of America's broken education system - and how to fix it.'  In doing so we learn about the distinct parallels between the US and UK education systems when it comes to overcoming the 'achievement gap' that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent peers.  We also discuss 'The Reading Wars', Knowledge vs. Skills and the important features of a knowledge building curriculum.Covering Dewey, Piaget, teacher training and more, we look at the impact of this approach for schools in the USA and UK and find out how pupils and teachers are re-discovering a love of education and the profession. (Credits: Natalie Wexler -, Scott Buckley -
In this episode we feature a live recording from the  Learning 2021 - British Council Schools Ambassadors MENA Webinar  which took place on Wednesday 9th June, 2021. The theme was Mental Health and Wellbeing,  and participants from around the world shared authentic whole-school and class-based strategies to support children and young people.Speakers included Mayssa Dawi, John Rolfe, Carl McCarthy, Suzi Bewell, Yvette Hutchinson,  and eight country presentations from representative International Schools Ambassadors from: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Yemen.You can find out more about the British Council Schools projects at 
Lesley is an experienced International Education Officer and ambassador for the British Council, with a long track record of successful international collaborative projects.In this episode, Lesley talks about her work as International Education Officer for Glasgow City Council Education Services and the preparations for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.  Lesley's passion for international work shows how uniting the world to tackle climate change is both possible and already happening in schools and organisations engaged in collaborative international projects.
In this episode we hear from the wonderful Suzi Bewell, language teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer and CEO of Polly Glot Languages.  Suzi shares insights into the new Turing Scheme and describes how her latest project, International Laughter Yoga with Suzi, is helping teachers and students with their wellbeing all around the world.@suzibewell
Greg is Head of Languages and EAL at Burnage Academy for Boys, a school rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2018 with particular praise for the school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare.  Greg is passionate about supporting young people and implementing intervention strategies to support those experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties. He has led on whole-school health and wellbeing policy and is previously a winner of the Manchester Public Health Award for Emotional Health and Well-Being (2015) and Highly Commended in Sex & Relationship Education (2014 & 2015). In this episode, Greg talks about his inspirational projects such as 'Multilingual Streets' a Manchester-based initiative carried out in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield - one of many projects that celebrates diversity and sees students' language and culture as gifts to be nurtured and encouraged.  By demonstrating the impact of these projects, Greg shows us how policies and practice can be adapted to ensure that excellence and achievement is within the reach of all our students, along with a sense of belonging and wellbeing  when we invest in the things that make a difference.#MultilingualStreets@MflMorrison
John Rolfe MBE is the Schools Outreach Manager at the British Council.   He was awarded the MBE for services to international education in December 2017.  In this episode John shares highlights from the recent British Council Schools Ambassadors Conference - we hear about how teachers have coped with the challenge of sustaining internationalism in the context of a global pandemic, and what future opportunities exist for increased creativity and collaboration across the globe.John also talks about the new Turing scheme, which provides funding to UK organisations to unlock life-changing experiences across the world for their pupils, students and learners.Turing Scheme | UK's Global Programme to Study & Work Abroad | Home ( 
Anna is a MFL teacher at Alderman's Green Primary School who is passionate about languages and cultures and using experiences and knowledge to enhance lives, increase business, and improve relations between the UK and other countries.In this episode Anna shares highlights from her recent presentation at the British Council Schools Ambassadors Conference - we hear about a range of exciting projects aimed at promoting modern foreign languages and connections in the classroom and beyond.Anna also talks about how teamwork, collaboration and the courage to dream has played a key part in helping Coventry to become a City of Languages.  From May this year Coventry becomes the UK City of Culture 2021  and will be at the heart of a year-long spectacle of events, music, dance, theatre, and cultural celebration. 
In this episode, award-winning author Bob Cox talks about his life, the books that influenced him and the strategies behind his 'Opening Doors' series for teachers.  He shares his thoughts on using high quality texts in the classroom, using 'classics' in the curriculum and how we can help all our pupils achieve excellence in an inclusive, inspirational way.Bob also explores the idea that approaching texts and the curriculum with a pioneering spirit can support well-being for both teachers and pupils alike.  He shares examples of the impact of his work and provides a fantastic reading list which will help any teacher or parent if they aim to 'open doors' for their children.   
In this episode I speak to Kate Christopher, a secondary RE teacher and independent RE advisor.   Kate teaches part time in a Secondary school in East London. She also works as an independent RE adviser. Kate’s interests are curriculum design and the capacity of RE, or religion and worldviews, to offer a more textured and critical understanding of the world for 21st Century children and young adults. She is an editor for the Reforming RE blog - @ReformingRE
Originally featured in the Reforming RE blog, this is a bonus feature to Season 2 Episode 1 of More Teacher Talk - Powerful Knowledge: Reforming RE, with Kate Christopher."Do you have a Masters degree? Or a Doctorate perhaps? If so, try to forget that you ever studied for them. Your first degree – visualise letting it go. Now A levels, GCSE – say goodbye to them, for a while. Imagine stripping yourself of all the accumulated knowledge and cultural capital that makes you a good teacher, reducing yourself to a state where everything you know now, all your confidence in the subject, and all the complex critical perspectives you can afford to have, are closed to you. That’s where your pupils are. Stay there for a moment.Somewhere, a teacher is writing a scheme of work on religion and worldviews. They have to write down something that they want the pupils to know. Let’s take a few examples …"Written by Mark Chater (@MarkChater1) - author of 'Jesus Christ, Learning Teacher' Original blog at[1] Barbara Wintersgill, 2018, Big Ideas for Religious Education.,the%20RE%20curriculum%20and%20to%20assessment%20without%20levels.   Accessed 5 October 2020. [2] DfE, 2013, Science National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2.    Accessed 5 October 2020, pp 12, 18, and 29. [3] DfE, 2013, Science National Curriculum for Key Stage 3.    Accessed 5 October 2020, pp 8 and 12. 
In this episode I talk to Mark Chater about his brilliant new book that diagnoses the reasons why RE urgently needs radical reform, and looks ahead to a time when the subject will have a new identity based on a clear democratic purpose.The book shines a light on how key leaders can make this happen, and how the new good practice is already breaking through.It is edited and authored by experts and leading change agents in RE, who offer a well-informed and provocative vision and programme for change.“Every school leader must read this book. What pupils learn in their curriculum is pivotal in any school’s theory of change. The recommendations of the Commission on Religious Education, if properly understood and enacted, would transform the academic role and status of RE in every school. The chapters in this book reveal the proper contours of the subject, the basics every leader needs to understand if the knowledge and practice of their RE teachers is to be nurtured, valued and renewed.”Christine Counsell, Writer and speaker on curriculum and leadership“Religious Education is one of the great achievements of British education. But it hangs in the balance. There is a real possibility it will simply shrivel away through lack of attention. Or it could rise phoenix-like in response to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Reforming RE is a welcome contribution to showing how that resurrection might happen. Here we have experienced practitioners and deep thinkers signalling a new direction that will inspire our pupils in their understanding of Religion and Worldviews. This book is a really exciting contribution.”Professor Trevor Cooling Chair, Religious Education Council of England and Wales Reforming RE: Power and Knowledge in a Worldviews Curriculum is published by John Catt Education -
In this epsiode I talk to Robert Ford, Director of Heritage International School in Moldova.  Episode 10 of More Teacher Talk coincided with the beginning of the global pandemic and captured thoughts and responses from him as a school leader and ambassador.  Now, seven months later, we return to find out how school, and life, has changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.We discuss Marcus Rashford, Dame Alison Peacock, Geoff Barton, Lyfta Education, the British Council and some of the other voices of hope that have lifted our collective efforts and sense of belonging.We also share some thoughts on Trump, toilet rolls and the impact of capitalism without morals...You can find out more about Rob Ford and his work at Heritage International by following @HIS_Moldova on Twitter  
In this episode I talk to Leah Crawford, an English in Education consultant, tutor with Let's Think in English and Opening Doors author.  She explores how educators can teach poetry and the callenging aspects of pattern-finding, interpreting mood, music and rhythm.  Leah also introduces us to the poem 'Sympathy', by Paul Laurence Dunbar.  Through this rich and challenging text, pupils can explore different layers of meaning and begin to see how they could use similar linguistic devices in their own creative writing, poetry and storytelling.We talk about differentiation vs whole-class teaching, 'catch up' and the effectiveness of some of the approaches Leah has experienced through her role.You can find out more about Leah by following her on Twitter - @think_talk_org or contact her via her webiste - leahcrawford.comLeah is also a co-author of the Opening Doors series of books, published by You can find a video lesson for this poem at the Reading website:  - on Twitter @SchReading
This was originally produced for Toria Bono's Tiny Voice Talks podcast and is published here with kind permission: an extended tribute to Sir Ken Robinson from the #EduTwitter community, featuring a collection of creative educators who were all moved to share their thoughts and reflections on creativity.  Includes: @one_to_read @CreativityMrs @ladeidiomas @aini_butt @bluebellmatt @mrpfoodie @VictoriaPendry1 @ColeFey @trackerthecat @MrFortuneTeachCredit: Sir Ken Robinson clip from ‘The Call to Unite’ - music: Scott Buckley - 
In this episode I speak to award winning author Bob Cox.  We take an in-depth look at The Blue Planet by Andri Snaer Magnason and discuss how the book could be used in the classroom.  We explore reading for meaning and effective ways to teach comprehension and deeper understanding.  Bob shares a compelling argument for using more challenging texts to teach reading and comprehension in primary schools.Bob shares some strategies to help children extract deeper layers of meaning and recognise key themes.  You can find Bob at can find out more about Andri Snaer Magnason at 
In this episode Tatiana Popa speaks to Evin Schwartz, the inspirational CEO of Belouga, home of collaborative educational series & shows aligned to subject areas, standards and the global goals. Belouga was founded in 2017 with the mission of making education impactful and accessible on a global scale through peer-to-peer and classroom connection, communication and collaboration.Realising the rapidly changing landscape of technology and education, Evin and his team at Belouga looked to create a central location which takes the heavy lifting out of global education, and provides teachers and students with a personalized learning experience through community and content without sacrificing creativity or curriculum needs.You can find out more about Evin and Belouga at
In this episode we revisit the conversation with Pete O'Shea from 'Gloves not Gunz', an organisation based in  Croydon and South London that aims to prevent and divert young people from crime, antisocial behaviour, exclusion from education and 'care'.   Recorded to coincide with Children's Mental Health Week, Pete talks about how positive relationships, education and diversion activities can make a difference to some of our most vulnerable, and often challenging, children and young people.We also talk about strategies for teacher wellbeing in the face of what can seem, at times, like a helpless struggle to support our children against the pressures of gangs, social media, drill music and increasingly disconnected lives.
In this episode of Back to Global Tatiana Popa talks to Koen Timmers.  Koen is an award winning educator, lecturer, researcher, author and speaker.  He is the founder of global educational projects like the Kakuma Project, Climate Action project and the Innovation project.  In 2018 Koen launched the Innovation SDG labs in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall.  He is a founding SDG ambassador and was a Global Teacher Prize top 10 finalist in 2018 and top 50 finalist in 2017.  Tatiana explores how Koen's passionate commitment to global education has had worldwide impact.  By taking education to some of the most challenging learning environments Koen has shown the way for others to follow.  His work with refugees is an inspiration to educators everywhere and demonstrates how the universal language of learning knows no borders or limitations.Credits: Climate Action Project -Koen Timmers; Kakuma Project; Dr Jane Goodall's message for Climate Action Project@BacktoGlobal - Tatiana PopaAdditional music: Divine Life Society - Jesse Gallagher
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