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Case studies and advice on how to manage behaviour in your classroom

Latest Episodes

What all teachers should know about Autism and learning – PP249

This is a compilation episode with clips from the following episodes: Sarah Wild on girls and autism…it’s not just a boy thing – PP159 Autistic? Genius! with Tom Bowes – PP192 Do we know enough about Inclusion? Tara Elie speaks to Emma Brown – PP204 Emma Brown is back! Listener Questions on Autism – 210 Kevin and Mark Bocker introduce the clips and stress the importance of understanding Autism. You can listen to the full episodes referred to onhttp://www.pivotalpodcast.com/

37 MIN2 d ago
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What all teachers should know about Autism and learning – PP249

Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248

Dame Benita Refson DBE Benita is Founder of Place2Be and a qualified counsellor. Benita was CEO for 20 years until 2014 when she stepped down and was appointed life time President and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically through her role as President. Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in 2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of services to education. Currently Benita is Trustee of Children of Success Schools, FORWARD TRUST and a Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney. This week, Mark spoke to Benita about the issues and potential solutions around child mental health. They talk about Place2Be as well as how we should be helping schools to provide as much help as they can. Benita believes there is...

20 MINJAN 16
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Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248

Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247

Professor Rachel Lofthouse Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education. She has a specific research interest in professional learning, exploring how teachers learn and how they can be supported to put that learning into practice. Rachel joined Leeds Beckett University in July 2017, and has established the Research and Practice Centre ‘CollectivED: The Mentoring and Coaching Hub’. Rachel is a teaching educator and researcher. She has a particular interest in how teachers learn through approaches such as coaching, mentoring, lesson study, professional enquiry and inter-professional practice. She marries these interests with a concern for the development of innovative pedagogies and curriculum design. Key to all of these are the opportunities for that professionals at all stages of their career and in all roles have for dialogue and creative and critical thinking. Rachel works with student teachers and their school-based mentors, teacher coa...

54 MIN2019 DEC 5
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Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247

Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas – and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes – PP246

Gavin is a truly motivational speaker. His inspiration for what he does comes from where he started out his career—primary school teaching. He is a firm believer that we as adults can be every bit as inspired by young children as they can by us grown-ups. Gavin transports his audience back to when they were just 5 years of age, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel and you will never eat broccoli in the same way again! Over the past decade, delivering on themes such as Leadership, Engagement, High Performing Teams and Creativity, Gavin has inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to rediscover and embrace “that wee piece of magic”. Gavin is now regarded as one of the most talented and sought after speakers in the world. This week, Tara Elie speaks to Gavin about how adults need to be more like children and how we should all give ourselves permission to play and enjoy life. He offers suggestions for teachers on...

37 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas – and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes – PP246

Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio – PP245

This week, Tara was invited onto Voice of Islam Radio to take part in a programme about the link between exclusions and crime, including knife crime. About Voice of Islam Voice of Islam Radio Voice of Islam Radio is a new Digital DAB 24hr radio station which offers news, views, discussion and insight on Islam’s Perspectives on the world today. It is a new channel that will inform, engage and give you a chance to express your views on a range of topics. Broadcasting 24 hours a day the station aims to give everyone a space for discussion, for people of faith, no faith or just those with an interest in social peace and greater justice. Welcome to Voice Of Islam

28 MIN2019 NOV 22
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Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio – PP245

Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244

This week, Mark talks to Kirstie Mackey from Barclays Life Skills which provides: Tool tips and learning resources for you to help yourself or to support you in the development of others For students, educators and parents, the scheme provides City and Guilds approved activities and resources covering a huge range of work/life topics. https://barclayslifeskills.com/ contains an enormous range of help for student and Mark has very positive memories of working with the scheme when he was headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unit. Kirstie Mackey In 2013, Kirstie created and launched LifeSkills.From teaching CV writing skills in classrooms to hiring people for her various teams, Kirstie has years of experience in knowing what employers are looking for and how to get ahead in your chosen career. As well as heading up LifeSkills, Kirstie is a champion for young people and is leading the call for businesses to support young people get work ready. In her role as Head of LifeSkills, Kirstie is al...

37 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244

Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243

This week, Tara speaks to three guests about Maths in the classroom and how technology can help or hinder learning. Dr Christian Salas (below centre) is a Maths Lecturer from Waltham Forest College, Stephen Farmer (below left), is Headteacher at Cranbrook Education Campus and Dan Sandhu (below right), is from Sparx Maths. The conversation goes into depth about the Sparx Maths system and its benefits to schools like Stephen’s and Christian presents a slightly different point of view! As a socially focussed learning technology company, Sparx has spent the last 8 years reimagining the way maths is taught and learnt in schools. Our aim is to improve numeracy, and therefore life opportunities, for over 5 million learners by 2030. The result is not a short-term, off-the-shelf software product – it is a personalised approach to learning based on strategies that are founded in pedagogy and on the world class maths content that sets us apart. Underpinned by our sophisticated, adaptive tech...

36 MIN2019 NOV 7
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Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243

Behaviour Problems in England with Mary Meredith PP242

Mary is Head of Inclusion at Lincolnshire County Council This week, Mark speaks to Mary Meredith, Head of Inclusion at Lincolnshire County Council. In an engrossing and detailed conversation, they cover many different areas of behaviour in English schools – what’s going well, what’s going badly and what should happen in the future. Mary’s in-depth knowledge of research combined with her enormous personal, practical experience of education make this episode a must-listen for anyone who is serious about changing the nation’s attitude towards behaviour management for the benefit of every learner and young person. It’s packed with evidence-based ideas, strategies and advice for teachers – and government. The research Mary was referring to in connection to the new Ofsted handbook – 1968 “Pygmalion in the Classroom” (Rosenthal – Jacobson)Download Visit Mary’s blog Tweets by marymered

55 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Behaviour Problems in England with Mary Meredith PP242

Do you think vlogger Blair Minchin is ‘bad’? PP241

Blair Minchin This week, Kevin and Ollie speak to the talented Blair Minchin, a primary school teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Blair has been teaching for 5 years, having previously worked in law, practising in commercial litigation. He says he ADORES his job and has a real passion for developing pupil voice inside the classroom and out. He is currently leading a whole school sport house initiative aimed at developing a love of exercise and team sports across his school. Blair is also currently taking part in a practitioner enquiry into outdoor learning in Numeracy. Blair is a very keen vlogger but the feedback he receives isn’t always positive… Instagram: Mr_Minchin Twitter: Mr_Minchin Book: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9577084-pupil-voice

41 MIN2019 OCT 15
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Do you think vlogger Blair Minchin is ‘bad’? PP241

Mark Bocker – from Head of PE to Pivotal Principal Trainer – PP240

Mark Bocker: Principal Trainer Mark has 37+ years’ experience in special, PRU and mainstream education; most recently as a headteacher of a small specialist (ASD/SEMH) residental school and a headteacher of a large pupil referral unit (PRU). Prior to headship, Mark also held positions including Director of Inclusion; Lead Behaviour Professional, Senior Teacher, Head of PE and Classroom Teacher. Mark has experienced and led through many Ofsted and HMI Inspections gaining excellent judgements with reference to leadership, intervention programmes and schools support. He has achieved recognition for outstanding support of children in Local Authority Care (Ofsted) and inclusion strategies, including significant success in reducing exclusions. He has designed, written and delivered a variety of courses on topics including Safeguarding, Mental Health, Behaviour and Restorative Practice, as well as contributed to delivering the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. Mark believes...

39 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Mark Bocker – from Head of PE to Pivotal Principal Trainer – PP240

Latest Episodes

What all teachers should know about Autism and learning – PP249

This is a compilation episode with clips from the following episodes: Sarah Wild on girls and autism…it’s not just a boy thing – PP159 Autistic? Genius! with Tom Bowes – PP192 Do we know enough about Inclusion? Tara Elie speaks to Emma Brown – PP204 Emma Brown is back! Listener Questions on Autism – 210 Kevin and Mark Bocker introduce the clips and stress the importance of understanding Autism. You can listen to the full episodes referred to onhttp://www.pivotalpodcast.com/

37 MIN2 d ago
Comments
What all teachers should know about Autism and learning – PP249

Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248

Dame Benita Refson DBE Benita is Founder of Place2Be and a qualified counsellor. Benita was CEO for 20 years until 2014 when she stepped down and was appointed life time President and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically through her role as President. Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in 2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of services to education. Currently Benita is Trustee of Children of Success Schools, FORWARD TRUST and a Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney. This week, Mark spoke to Benita about the issues and potential solutions around child mental health. They talk about Place2Be as well as how we should be helping schools to provide as much help as they can. Benita believes there is...

20 MINJAN 16
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Why we should get our Heads Together in APlace2Be to tackle child mental health issues – with Dame Benita Refson DBE – PP248

Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247

Professor Rachel Lofthouse Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education. She has a specific research interest in professional learning, exploring how teachers learn and how they can be supported to put that learning into practice. Rachel joined Leeds Beckett University in July 2017, and has established the Research and Practice Centre ‘CollectivED: The Mentoring and Coaching Hub’. Rachel is a teaching educator and researcher. She has a particular interest in how teachers learn through approaches such as coaching, mentoring, lesson study, professional enquiry and inter-professional practice. She marries these interests with a concern for the development of innovative pedagogies and curriculum design. Key to all of these are the opportunities for that professionals at all stages of their career and in all roles have for dialogue and creative and critical thinking. Rachel works with student teachers and their school-based mentors, teacher coa...

54 MIN2019 DEC 5
Comments
Coaching, Mentoring – what’s the difference? Rachel Lofthouse explains – PP247

Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas – and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes – PP246

Gavin is a truly motivational speaker. His inspiration for what he does comes from where he started out his career—primary school teaching. He is a firm believer that we as adults can be every bit as inspired by young children as they can by us grown-ups. Gavin transports his audience back to when they were just 5 years of age, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel and you will never eat broccoli in the same way again! Over the past decade, delivering on themes such as Leadership, Engagement, High Performing Teams and Creativity, Gavin has inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to rediscover and embrace “that wee piece of magic”. Gavin is now regarded as one of the most talented and sought after speakers in the world. This week, Tara Elie speaks to Gavin about how adults need to be more like children and how we should all give ourselves permission to play and enjoy life. He offers suggestions for teachers on...

37 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Give Yourself Permission To Be Playful at Christmas – and At Any Time! Gavin Oattes – PP246

Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio – PP245

This week, Tara was invited onto Voice of Islam Radio to take part in a programme about the link between exclusions and crime, including knife crime. About Voice of Islam Voice of Islam Radio Voice of Islam Radio is a new Digital DAB 24hr radio station which offers news, views, discussion and insight on Islam’s Perspectives on the world today. It is a new channel that will inform, engage and give you a chance to express your views on a range of topics. Broadcasting 24 hours a day the station aims to give everyone a space for discussion, for people of faith, no faith or just those with an interest in social peace and greater justice. Welcome to Voice Of Islam

28 MIN2019 NOV 22
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Tara talks exclusions and crime on Voice of Islam Radio – PP245

Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244

This week, Mark talks to Kirstie Mackey from Barclays Life Skills which provides: Tool tips and learning resources for you to help yourself or to support you in the development of others For students, educators and parents, the scheme provides City and Guilds approved activities and resources covering a huge range of work/life topics. https://barclayslifeskills.com/ contains an enormous range of help for student and Mark has very positive memories of working with the scheme when he was headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unit. Kirstie Mackey In 2013, Kirstie created and launched LifeSkills.From teaching CV writing skills in classrooms to hiring people for her various teams, Kirstie has years of experience in knowing what employers are looking for and how to get ahead in your chosen career. As well as heading up LifeSkills, Kirstie is a champion for young people and is leading the call for businesses to support young people get work ready. In her role as Head of LifeSkills, Kirstie is al...

37 MIN2019 NOV 13
Comments
Kirstie Mackey – Barclays Life Skills – for life! PP244

Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243

This week, Tara speaks to three guests about Maths in the classroom and how technology can help or hinder learning. Dr Christian Salas (below centre) is a Maths Lecturer from Waltham Forest College, Stephen Farmer (below left), is Headteacher at Cranbrook Education Campus and Dan Sandhu (below right), is from Sparx Maths. The conversation goes into depth about the Sparx Maths system and its benefits to schools like Stephen’s and Christian presents a slightly different point of view! As a socially focussed learning technology company, Sparx has spent the last 8 years reimagining the way maths is taught and learnt in schools. Our aim is to improve numeracy, and therefore life opportunities, for over 5 million learners by 2030. The result is not a short-term, off-the-shelf software product – it is a personalised approach to learning based on strategies that are founded in pedagogy and on the world class maths content that sets us apart. Underpinned by our sophisticated, adaptive tech...

36 MIN2019 NOV 7
Comments
Technology in the Maths Classroom – helpful or harmful? PP243

Behaviour Problems in England with Mary Meredith PP242

Mary is Head of Inclusion at Lincolnshire County Council This week, Mark speaks to Mary Meredith, Head of Inclusion at Lincolnshire County Council. In an engrossing and detailed conversation, they cover many different areas of behaviour in English schools – what’s going well, what’s going badly and what should happen in the future. Mary’s in-depth knowledge of research combined with her enormous personal, practical experience of education make this episode a must-listen for anyone who is serious about changing the nation’s attitude towards behaviour management for the benefit of every learner and young person. It’s packed with evidence-based ideas, strategies and advice for teachers – and government. The research Mary was referring to in connection to the new Ofsted handbook – 1968 “Pygmalion in the Classroom” (Rosenthal – Jacobson)Download Visit Mary’s blog Tweets by marymered

55 MIN2019 OCT 22
Comments
Behaviour Problems in England with Mary Meredith PP242

Do you think vlogger Blair Minchin is ‘bad’? PP241

Blair Minchin This week, Kevin and Ollie speak to the talented Blair Minchin, a primary school teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Blair has been teaching for 5 years, having previously worked in law, practising in commercial litigation. He says he ADORES his job and has a real passion for developing pupil voice inside the classroom and out. He is currently leading a whole school sport house initiative aimed at developing a love of exercise and team sports across his school. Blair is also currently taking part in a practitioner enquiry into outdoor learning in Numeracy. Blair is a very keen vlogger but the feedback he receives isn’t always positive… Instagram: Mr_Minchin Twitter: Mr_Minchin Book: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9577084-pupil-voice

41 MIN2019 OCT 15
Comments
Do you think vlogger Blair Minchin is ‘bad’? PP241

Mark Bocker – from Head of PE to Pivotal Principal Trainer – PP240

Mark Bocker: Principal Trainer Mark has 37+ years’ experience in special, PRU and mainstream education; most recently as a headteacher of a small specialist (ASD/SEMH) residental school and a headteacher of a large pupil referral unit (PRU). Prior to headship, Mark also held positions including Director of Inclusion; Lead Behaviour Professional, Senior Teacher, Head of PE and Classroom Teacher. Mark has experienced and led through many Ofsted and HMI Inspections gaining excellent judgements with reference to leadership, intervention programmes and schools support. He has achieved recognition for outstanding support of children in Local Authority Care (Ofsted) and inclusion strategies, including significant success in reducing exclusions. He has designed, written and delivered a variety of courses on topics including Safeguarding, Mental Health, Behaviour and Restorative Practice, as well as contributed to delivering the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. Mark believes...

39 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Mark Bocker – from Head of PE to Pivotal Principal Trainer – PP240
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