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Author: Toria Bono

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Tiny Voice Talks is an award winning podcast that gives a platform to the quieter voices in education. Toria is a primary teacher, evidence lead educator and the Diversity and Equity lead in her school. She is passionate about education and building a better future for all. Toria chats to teachers, leaders, authors and advisors about what they are doing and how that is impacting on the young people in our classrooms. If you are in education and want your voice heard, contact Toria on tinyvoicetalks@gmail.com. To join #TinyVoiceTalks on Twitter just find Toria's pinned tweet each Tuesday (@toriaclaire).
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In this episode, Toria talks to Jimena Licitra, an MFL teacher who lives in Madrid. Jimena loves languages and moved to teaching in order to help more young people discover a passion for languages themselves. She wants to make her teaching interesting and interactive and loves using EdTech in her classroom. She tells Toria her top 5 educational tools and they discuss why being a teacher all about life-long learning.Connect with Jimena on Twitter @ladeidiomas (and if you listen to the podcast Jimena will tell you why she chose that handle)!https://linktr.ee/jimenalicitra
In this episode Toria talks to Adele Bates, Behaviour & Education Specialist about:Falling in love with a woman for the first time aged 27yrs - and how that affected Adele's teachingBeing in a majority group and a minority group, and how lived experience affects our perspective for othersPupils with behaviour needs and SEMH as a minority - often misunderstood - group in our schools How different teachers approach behaviour in different ways - and why that is necessary for authenticity and building relationships  To find out more and contribute to Adele's Behaviour and YOU!  project take a nose here - https://bit.ly/34utGfQ  
In this episode, Toria talks to children's author Rashmi Sirdeshpande about books, books and more books. Rashmi's love of reading and writing is infectious and she loves playing with word. She tells Toria all about what goes into writing a children's book and gives lots of book recommendations throughout the chat - so make sure you have a pen and paper ready. Find out more about Rashmi by visiting her website https://rashmisirdeshpande.com/
In this episode of Tiny Voice Talks, Toria chats to author Nikki Young about finding your voice and regaining confidence after motherhood. About realising what really matters in life and that it is never too late to follow your dream. About her own experiences with a reluctant reader that led to the founding a creative writing club so that she could share her passion for stories with children far and wide. You can find Nikki on Twitter at @nikki_cyoung and on Instagram as @nikkiyoungwriter or @storymakerswritingclub. You can also get in touch via www.storymakersclub.com.
In this episode Toria speaks to Audrey Pantelis, Education Consultant and Director of Elevation Coaching & Consulting Ltd (@Audiekins) https://www.elevationcc.co.uk/ 
In this episode Toria talks to Matt Dechaine and Dougie Boyd about the complex issue of ‘coming out’. Matt and Dougie have been together since 2000 and they married in 2018. They explain to Toria that coming out isn’t a one-time event but a life-time of choicest that have wide-ranging ramifications.
In this episode Toria talks to Abby Bayford, Director of Institute at the Academy Transformation Trust.  Abby talks about her journey to school leadership, professional development, collaboration groups and much more.   Abby is the Director of ATT Institute and prior to this she was Vice Principal at Bristnall Hall Academy, based in the West Midlands.Abby has been a qualified teacher for 14 years, working in and supporting a range of schools in the Midlands. In this time Abby has undertaken the role of SENCo, Lead Practitioner, Assistant Principal and, most recently, Vice Principal in charge of Leadership and Management and Quality of Education. During this time Abby has been part of leadership teams that have secured Outstanding and Good Ofsted judgements.Abby is also an SLE and has led on Sandwell transition projects, driving the Transition Plus Pathways group with Dr Kevin Rowland (MBE), which helped to transform KS2-3 transition in Sandwell. She has also worked in collaboration with Black Country Teaching Schools, leading on a DfE funded KS3 SSIF project.Abby now leads on people development across all directorates for all ATT colleagues. Abby has been invited to share this work at national events and has also written for national publications on CPD design principles.To find out more about the work of the ATT Institute, you can visit their website: https://www.academytransformationtrust.co.uk/institute/att-institute-welcome/You can also follow Abby on Twitter @ATT_Institute 
This episode of 'Tiny Voice Talks - Chatterbox' - features Toria and Sharifah as they chat about all things education, radio, life, health and so much more. Please message Toria through her website if you would like them to discuss any issues pertinent to you on future Chatterbox episodes. toriabono.com 
In this podcast, Toria takes the time to talk to Sarah Davies about the importance of effective communication. Making reference to Sarah's new book Talking about Oracy. Join them on an exploration of how communication is a fundamental skill that is a necessity for all and how this can be imparted to all ages in all settings. By raising oracy from the shadows of literacy and numeracy, the duo uncover the ways in which we can all develop our communication skills.
In this episode of Tiny Voice Talks Toria speaks with Rebecca Nobes about how she got into teaching, what interests her most about teaching and her passion for teacher development. Including discussion of the Chartered College of Teaching, her podcast From Page to Practice and MFLChat. You can find her @bexn91 on Twitter, @pagepracticepodcast on Instagram or via her website learninglinguist.co.uk
In this episode of Tiny Voice Talks, Toria speaks with Julia Skinner about her dream of being a teacher, marriages, anxiety, retirement, 100 Word Challenge writing project & 'Listening Ear', her new project born during lock-down. If you would like to contact Julia she is @theheadsoffice on Twitter or jskinner675@gmail.com
In this episode of Tiny Voice Talks, Toria speaks with Annelouise Jordan about how every child has a right to education and at times they have special rights, not special needs. She also talks about her journey into teaching and being 10% braver when she first moved to Spain with nowhere to stay and no understanding of Spanish.  If you would like to contact Annelouise, her twitter handle is @Leazy84 or via her website http://simplyedu.weebly.com
In this episode, Toria talks to Sonia Thompson who is the proud headteacher of St Matthew’s C.E. Teaching and Research School in Birmingham. One of ten children, she is incredibly proud of her heritage and learnt so much from her mother. As you will hear on the podcast, Sonia has many strings to her bow and is not one to let the grass grow under her feet. Sonia is a change-maker who ensures that children are not just knowledge rich but culturally rich too. She believes in the power of research and that educators have a duty to inform themselves - which is why she always has a pile of books beside her.
In this final episode of season 1, Toria talks about her amazing guests and gives a summary of the key topics and issues covered in 2020.
In this episode, Toria talks to Zena Zenonos-Walker about the importance of being seen. Zena's own school experience was one of being invisible and she even though she was from a family of educators, she herself never wanted to become a teacher. However, she did and she is using her experience to ensure that the young people she works with are empowered, valued and feel seen. Follow her on Twitter - @ZenonosZena
In this episode Toria talks to Chris Harrison about growth. Chris is a teacher and leader with a passion for experience-led learning, books, metacognition and professional development. In this podcast, Chris and Toria explore what growth means to them and how their experiences within the profession and in online communities - both good and bad - have changed that meaning over time. https://mrhtheteacher.wordpress.com/ @MrHtheteacher
This episode is the third 'Tiny Voice Talks - Chatterbox' - a monthly feature on this podcast. On it Toria and Sharifah chat about education and so much more. In this episode they cover Twitter, hashtags, books, finding your voice, Ed Finch (@MrEFinch) and so much more.Please message Toria through her website if you would like them to discuss any issues pertinent to you on future Chatterbox episodes. toriabono.com Find both of them on Twitter @sharifahlee4 @toriaclaire
Toria talks all about resilience with Simon, co-founder of Pobble. Simon is a former Primary school teacher and Deputy Head. We explore his journey into the classroom, his varying roles within Primary education and the transition into the role of an EdTech founder. Simon’s own life experiences have made him more passionate than ever to make a difference to as many children as he can.
Joining Toria this week is Teresa Cremin, Sonia Thompson, Ben Harris and Richard Charlesworth. They’re all passionate advocates for Reading for Pleasure and in this episode you’ll find out why. We’ll explore what exactly Reading for Pleasure means, why it is not an ‘add on’, or evidenced only by means of fun activity days, but should rather be viewed as a core part of the reading curriculum in every school. We talk about what Reading for Pleasure looks like in classrooms and the wider school, and where you can go for recommendations to widen your reading repertoire and develop your own practice. Key links: https://researchrichpedagogies.org/ https://researchrichpedagogies.org/research/supporting-rah/book-chat-reading-with-your-child (Book Chat - Reading with your Child resource) http://childrenreadingforpleasure.blogspot.com/2020/07/independent-childrens-booksellers.html?m=1 (Jon’s Independent booksellers map) Some useful hashtags to connect on Twitter: #OURfP #OURfPBookBlether #PrimarySchoolBookClub (run by Scott Evans) (monthly) #PrimaryPicBookClub (monthly) #LetsTalkGraphicNovels / GraphicNovelBlether (monthly) #BooksNearBedtime (Thursdays 8pm-9pm) and, of course, #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites
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