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Welcome to the podcast where we talk all things education, covering every aspect of the learning journey and speaking to some of the leading voices along the way. Our aim is to uncover the hottest topics, answer the most pressing questions, and solve the biggest challenges facing learners, educators and parents today.
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Every child has the power to change the world. That's the inspiring message of David Harkin, the CEO and co-founder of EdTech company 8billionideas. David is also an author, TEDx speaker, plus he's been described as a 'global disruptor in education' (in a wholly positive way, of course).In this episode, School of Thought host Hfu Reisenhofer speaks with David about the incredible work 8billionideas is doing in schools across the globe. About the importance of teaching students entrepren...
School of Thought speaks to Andrew Hallam, the schoolteacher turned international best-selling author, speaker and journalist whose approach to finances, investment and how to accumulate money has inspired and changed the lives of countless educators and expats around the world.What's the key to taking control of our finances? How and where should we be investing our hard-earned money? What should schools be teaching children about financial literacy? Can we spend our way to happiness and lif...
The International Baccalaureate is one of the world’s fastest growing curriculums. It's studied by just shy of 2 million students aged 3 to 19, with some 7,500 IB programmes taught across 5,500 schools in 160 countries across the globe.Most people have at least heard of the IB, but not everyone fully understands it, and common misunderstandings about its approach persist despite its growing popularity.What is the IB? How is it different from other education systems? What qualifications does i...
Building dens, lighting fires, making mud pies, chopping wood, tying knots, feeding animals – these are just some of the activities involved in forest school, or desert school as it’s also known. Just a bit of fun? Just a fringe strain of education? Or does outdoor learning deserve a place in every school and curriculum?From a host of important transferable skills to a wealth of benefits that promote well-being, fitness and mental health, not to mention the fact that all children seem to love...
How do young people feel about climate change and how do they see the future? What are they learning about the crisis, what action are they taking and what are they willing to give up?Part 2 of our extended episode on climate change sees four inspiring young minds voice their hopes, fears, anger and frustrations as they discuss the fate of our fast-warming planet. As representatives of the generation that's set to be hardest hit by the effects of climate breakdown, they all agree that much mo...
With wildfires raging, heatwaves setting new records, droughts and floods causing disruption, and time fast running out, the climate crisis has never been in sharper focus. Do we rely on governments to provide top-down answers, is it up to each individual, or does education have the power to drive the change that's needed?In this extended, two-part episode on climate change, we examine the challenges and potential solutions from a variety of perspectives. Part One sees Asha Alexander, E...
Exams: for some they're easy, for others they're a nightmare. But no matter what the curriculum or which part of the world you're in, we’re led to believe that exams are unavoidable and an essential part of education.Or are they?Weighing in on the subject are two eminent school leaders: Nargish Khambatta, Principal of GEMS Modern Academy, and Matthew Burfield, Principal/CEO of GEMS Founders School - Dubai.What they have to say may surprise you...
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