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Call To Action: Going Phone Free.

We Are In Beta Podcast

Release Date: 10/27/2019

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This episode, we spoke with Ben Layzell - Head of Atherton Community School, Wigan. We talk about taking care of staff first just before closing the school, the current generation of students being more socially conscious, and missing the structure of a school day.

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We had this conversation on 25.03.20 This episode, we spoke with Cassie Young - SENCO and Head of School of Brenzett Primary School, Kent. We talk about some of the expectations put on parents at this moment as well the importance of staying connected with the students while they're home.  We host all episode resources on the We Are In Beta Community website. Subscribe to our newsletter. Join the conversation with @ModernCassie and @NiallAlcock with #weareinbeta

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This episode, we spoke with Clare Fletcher - Director of Schools, The Yare Education Trust. We talk about some obstacles with food catering in the schools, getting meals to students at home, what her new work routine looks like and more.

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Picking up from the last episode on BAME leadership (which you should listen to first) we’re talking about what it means to be a ally to your BAME colleagues, what the purpose is and what it looks like when it’s not easy. We speak to Exec. Head Patrick Ottley O’Connor and Allana Gay about what they’ve done and would like to see done to promote an equitable education system for people from all backgrounds. We also hear from Pran Patel about power, the racist-anti-racist spectrum and his advice for al

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This is an episode on BAME leadership in education. BAME stands for Black Asian Minority Ethnic. According to the Swan Report (1985) and a recent report by the Runnymede Trust (2017), BAME educators have more difficulty progressing to leadership in the English education system. We went out to hear some stories from BAME leaders about what it was like for them getting to their position…but we made a mistake. Learn what it was and what we did about it. Allana Gay -Head at Vita Et Pax School- shares her stor

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Vivienne Porritt is one of the founders of the social equity group called WomenEd. She set us a challenge. She asked us to take a message to every man in education. Chris Hildrew is a contributor to the WomenEd book “10% Braver” and Headteacher at Churchill Academy. He charts his journey to becoming a HeForShe ally, from his early years in school to a speech he heard by Emma Watson at the UN. Later Chris would adopt some tips from Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” to promote gender equity in his sc

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Claire Cuthbert always wanted to be a teacher. She progressed quickly. The time soon came for her to apply for a headship in a mining community. Both interviewers and applicants for the role were all “middle aged white males in grey suits”. Perhaps this isn't surprising. But what happened next was. Now Claire is CEO of Evolve Trust. Her experience informed how they recruit. We also learn how she gives her team the space to look beyond their trust to design processes and get the culture right.

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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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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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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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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 tasks like “going phone free” seem daunting.

This week on We Are In Beta, Leann, now the Headteacher tells us how she prepared her staff and students for the upcoming change.

Whether you agree with phones being banned in schools or not, this is a fascinating case study of change.

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In this week's newsletter Leann shares the slides she used to communicate the change, the leadership model she used to plan for it, her favourite piece of educational research, the book that changed the way she leads, the service she could not do without as a headteacher and some amazing news about EBS's amazing Robotics Department.

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