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We Are In Beta - Series 2: Trailer

We Are In Beta Podcast

Release Date: 10/20/2019

Community and Connection. show art Community and Connection.

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As a student, Manny Botwe had a teacher with whom he shared a great relationship. This teacher took an interest in him and his activities outside school. But when Manny got into trouble he was there to have an important conversation with him that had a profound affect. As Headteacher of Tytherington School in Macclesfield, he remembers the impact taking interest in students as a whole can have. Another event makes Manny reconsider Tytherington’s role in the community and his role as a community leader

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Unconditional Positive Regard. show art Unconditional Positive Regard.

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Deborah, a parent-school governor, has seen first hand the difference it makes when teachers approach pupils with unconditional positive regard. Her son Zack has autism and though he went to a good mainstream school, it couldn't unlock his potential. Dave Whitaker (Wellspring Academy Trust Director of Learning) & Luke Mitchell (Head of Behaviour Support) share their learning and key principles of how to support vulnerable learners. They're changing lives; and it comes back to unconditional positive regard.

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Behaviour Is Communication show art Behaviour Is Communication

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Over the course of their careers, the Headteacher of Hawkswood Primary PRU (Pupil Referral Unit), Marie Gentles and her deputy Katie L'Aimable, have begun to see patterns. They’ve gone from seeing their students’ behaviour as isolated events to understanding that ALL behaviour is communication. Marie and Katie tell us what they’ve learned about what some behaviours are communicating and why understanding the root of behaviour is so critical. The results are astounding.

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The Jigsaw Puzzle. show art The Jigsaw Puzzle.

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Having felt the pressure between parenthood and being a senior leader, when Sue Plant had the opportunity to become the Headteacher of a brand new school, she was going to make sure her staff didn’t face the same challenges she faced. At John Taylor Free School, Sue tells us how she set out to make her school flexible working-friendly and recruited her whole staff in the first year without spending any money on advertising. All part of her plan to get the culture right and attract the best people.

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Two heads are better than one. show art Two heads are better than one.

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Lisa Farmer had finally got her dream job as a headteacher. Soon after getting the job she discovered she was pregnant. Lisa and her husband were elated but she thought people expected her to step down from her new role. With no intention of stepping down Lisa began looking into flexible working options. She was looking for a Co-headteacher to share the role with. But this was over a decade ago, before more case studies were available. So Lisa had to learn through trial and error. 

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Call To Action: Going Phone Free. show art Call To Action: Going Phone Free.

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Leann Swaine was the Associate Headteacher of East Barnet School when she wanted to make a change. One day she was in the school corridor when an event inspired her to go on the journey to make the school phone free. East Barnet is a mixed secondary with 1400 students. It’s a school big enough to make a tasks like “going phone free” seem daunting. This week on We Are In Beta, Leann, now Headteacher, tells us how she prepared her staff and students for the upcoming change.

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We Are In Beta - Series 2: Trailer show art We Are In Beta - Series 2: Trailer

We Are In Beta Podcast

We Are In Beta opens its second series. Host Niall Alcock gives you a taste of what's new and what to expect from upcoming episodes. There's a new addition to the team too. Don't miss the first episode out on October 27th 2019 - hit that subscribe button now.

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Jeremy Hannay, Headteacher, Three Bridges Primary School - Doing away with the Ofsted style of management: how to reduce high stakes accountability and increase teacher autonomy show art Jeremy Hannay, Headteacher, Three Bridges Primary School - Doing away with the Ofsted style of management: how to reduce high stakes accountability and increase teacher autonomy

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Jeremy shares: his journey; the best bits of the UK and Canadian education systems; how he has done away with the Ofsted style of management to reduce high stakes accountability and increase teacher autonomy; the question he wants every head to ask themselves and why he is optimistic about the future. Learn more about We Are In Beta and access the interview transcription with useful links: https://weareinbeta.substack.com/subscribe

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Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust & Executive Principal, Comberton Village College & President of The Chartered College of Teaching: Doing the right thing and working together show art Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust & Executive Principal, Comberton Village College & President of The Chartered College of Teaching: Doing the right thing and working together

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Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust & President of The Chartered College of Teaching shares: his journey; how we can lift the profession by approaching the big issues by remembering our moral purpose and collaborating; the one question he would ask every head if he could and why he is optimistic about the future. Learn more about We Are In Beta and access the interview transcription with useful links: https://weareinbeta.substack.com/subscribe

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Linda Emmett, Headteacher, All Saints Catholic College, Cheshire - How to create a culture of absolute joy on the journey out of special measures show art Linda Emmett, Headteacher, All Saints Catholic College, Cheshire - How to create a culture of absolute joy on the journey out of special measures

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Linda Emmett, Headteacher, All Saints Catholic College, Cheshire, shares: her journey out of Special Measures, how she has invested in her staff, created a culture of absolute joy and support, why she is positive about Ofsted, the two questions she would ask every head if she could and why she is optimistic about the future. Learn more about We Are In Beta and access the interview transcription with useful links: https://weareinbeta.substack.com/subscribe

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We Are In Beta opens its second series. Host Niall Alcock gives you a taste of what's new and what to expect from upcoming episodes. There's a new addition to the team too. Meet our new producer, Jay.

Don't miss the first episode - out on October 27th 2019 - hit that subscribe button now.

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Coming up in this series, learn how school leaders are:

  • driving whole-school, organisational behaviour change
  • breaking ground in co-headship
  • building schools from the ground up with flexible working in mind
  • understanding what student behaviour is really communicating in PRUs
  • meeting students' needs through unconditional positive regard in special schools
  • building school communities through traditions
  • using experiences of sexism to design recruitment processes
  • promoting gender equality as a HeForShe advocate
  • improving BAME leadership, representation and diversity
  • providing allyship to support under represented groups

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