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The We Are In Beta Podcast tells the positive, practical and personal stories of inspirational school leaders tackling big challenges in their schools. Each episode takes a deeper look at a different topic through the eyes of the people we speak to, capturing a range of voices - colleagues, parents and students - along the way.
 
Welcome to the Berkhamsted Spotlight, Berkhamsted School's podcast channel. Join our weekly guests from inside the classroom to behind-the-scenes of our day-to-day activities through to life beyond Berkhamsted. Find out what it's really like to be part of our remarkable community. Thank you for taking an interest, we'll see you soon. www.berkhamsted.com
 
A Sunday Times Top Gardening Podcast described as “Despite the ropey name and grating music, this podcast is a great guide for parents who want their children to learn about the outdoors”. Its also a Top 10 Garden Podcast in the World, plus his mum said it “ok” too! Hosted by CBBC Blue Peter, BBC Teach Presenter and the Author of How to get Kids Gardening Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener. With guests from Gardeners World such as Monty Don, Adam Frost, Joe Swift and Carol Klein, Alan Ti ...
 
For school & subject leaders, School in the Fast Lane seeks out some of the elephants in the class or staffroom such as: schools using social media for parental engagement and what's on your walls in school & who cares? Episodes are created by Blippit founder John Bidder and featuring special guests from time to time.
 
Welcome to our new podcast, the place to find out more about our school and where we'll be speaking to staff, pupils and parents so that together we're all connected. Our first main episode is coming soon so be sure to check back here in the next few days to see the first release. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact the school through the main website. Thank you for taking an interest, we'll see you soon.
 
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This episode considers effective parent/carer engagement and asks how we can create parent-friendly schools. Our experts offer principles for effective parental engagement and discuss how schools can get parents/carers on board, how we can build positive relationships, and tips for headteachers new in post. We talk school gates, bacon sandwiches, a…
 
#038 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re going into a school production. Mrs Turnley, Head of Drama at Berkhamsted, is joined by five of the Year Six pupils and together we hear what it felt like to be in a recent school production. Berkhamsted online Website: www.berkhamsted.com Facebook: BerkhamstedSchool Twitter: @berkhamstedsch…
 
Scotland’s last all-girls state school started taking in boys in 2021-22. Emma Seith visited to find out how the first year of co-ed education went – and to weigh up the pros and cons of single-sex schooling. She speaks to Henry Hepburn, Scotland editor for Tes, about her latest long read and whether single-sex schooling – in Scotland and beyond – …
 
#023- Welcome to Snaresbrook Prep Uncovered, the podcast where we talk with staff, pupils and parents to understand more about life at the school. Each episode I’m joined by Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school and together we speak to a guest so it’s a bit of a 3-way conversation but this episode’s a little different... Today we hear from Steve…
 
With it being Lee's daughters 7th Birthday, he decides to give you his top ideas for creating a kids garden party! Joined by Olive on the podcast to review gardening parties for kids! Want to join Lee at the Theatre? https://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/the-skinny-jean-gardener-gardening-entertainment-show/#book…
 
#037 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight I’m joined by Hannah Butland, Deputy Head: Teaching Learning & Innovation and James Cutler Head of Research and Teacher of English, and they’re here to talk to us about research. And when I say research I’m talking about staff research, to improve their teaching practice. That’s all coming up in t…
 
After a week in Eden Project, Lee Reviews this attraction in Cornwall and answers whether you should take the family to Eden Project this year? As part of the 2022 May Half Term Lee took his family to Eden Project in Cornwall as he performed 10 Gardening Entertainment Shows. While there he saw a lot of what Eden had to offer, and so if you are thin…
 
This episode looks at supporting pupils as they make the transition from primary to secondary school. We chat with two secondary schools and two feeder primaries about common transition challenges and solutions. We look at when transition work should begin, what the process looks like, engaging with parents, identifying pupils who may struggle, and…
 
A bold move to cut teachers’ weekly class-contact time by 90 minutes emerged just over a year ago – although it was hardly announced with a fanfare. But when will it happen, what obstacles need to be overcome and what impact might it have? Henry Hepburn has explored all these questions in the latest Tes Scotland long read. He talks to Oban High Sch…
 
#036 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to Alastair Harrison, Head of English, EPQ Coordinator and Sixth Form tutor Alastair is going to talk to us today about how he got into English, what he did after completing his time at Exeter University what he finds most challenging at school in 2022, enrichment activities, literar…
 
Lee Heads to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 to tell you what his take home from the show was, that you could create in your family garden. He also shares his favourite moment and garden at the show, and a garden you really shouldn't miss if you are heading to the show this year. Want to watch Lee in his first theatre show? Get your tickets now at…
 
#022 - Welcome to Snaresbrook Prep Uncovered, the podcast where we talk with staff, pupils and parents to understand more about life at the school. Each episode I’m joined by Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school and together we speak to a guest so it’s a bit of a 3-way conversation but this episode’s a little different... Today we hear from Kati…
 
In this episode I’m talking to Natalie Obiko Pearson. Natalie is a journalist and bureau chief at Bloomberg Vancouver. Natalie’s work came to the attention of lots of International educators this year after writing an article entitled: Elite International Schools Have a Racism Problem. This provoked a lot of discussion online as well as amongst my …
 
15 Schools, One Week, Over 3000 pupils. Lee is back on the road giving gardening talks and support. In this exclusive to the podcast episode, Lee goes through his findings from a week on the road visiting primary schools and showing children how they can create their own show garden in 2022 The prize for this years first Colchester Garden Festival …
 
In this episode I’m speaking to The IB English Guys, otherwise known as Andrew Cohen and David Giles. Andrew and Dave are both English teachers at the International School of Bangkok and moonlight as YouTubers in their spare time. Andrew and Dave’s channel has grown far and wide in such a small amount of time, in no small part thanks to their engag…
 
#021 - Welcome to Snaresbrook Prep Uncovered, the podcast where we talk with staff, pupils and parents to understand more about life at the school. Each episode I’m joined by Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school and together we speak to a guest so it’s a bit of a 3-way conversation but this episode’s a little different... Today Ralph Dalton’s th…
 
On this podcast we have an incredible Head Teacher, Dave Mcpartlin from BBC Bitesize and Britains Got Talent, where we talk about everything from Talent Shows, Teachers and pupils, creating the Happiest School in Britain and how he gets gardening into schools and thinks we could do more! Plus we have regular forest school genius Mr Stuart Jackson j…
 
This episode takes a practical look at how primary schools can support vulnerable pupils, including looked after children and those living with trauma and adverse childhood experiences. We ask what form ACEs and trauma can take, what impact they have, and what being a trauma-informed school involves. We consider therapeutic approaches and how to cr…
 
This week on the podcast we've got the audio from The Shropshire Primary School Outdoor Conference by The Marches Academy Trust In this talk Lee explains how he got into gardening at what he found when travelling the country to primary schools across the UK If you would like to get involved with the School Gardening Success Plan then please visit h…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Elaine McNally. Elaine is an English Head of Department and enthusiastic presence on Twitter, where she she tweets @mrsmacteach33. I reached out for a chat with Elaine after seeing her speak at the TeachMeetEnglishIcons event earlier this year. Her presentation - ‘Powerful Voices: A Year 8 Curriculum’, tackled the …
 
What happens if you bring primary and secondary schools together under one headteacher? Recruitment difficulties and cost pressures are persuading Scottish councils to consider that very idea. Their proposals have fuelled all sorts of concerns, but local authorities insist they are built on a sound pedagogical basis. Tes Scotland’s Emma Seith speak…
 
#020 - Welcome to Snaresbrook Prep Uncovered, the podcast where we talk with staff, pupils and parents to understand more about life at the school. Each episode I’m joined by Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school and together we speak to a guest so it’s a bit of a 3-way conversation but this episode’s a little different... Today Ralph Dalton’s th…
 
This week my 6 year old daughter Olive takes to the mic to talk about what we have been doing in our small garden. Each month she'll be joining us to discuss what she has been up to at school and in the garden and what plants we have been growing too! She has total creative control, so who knows where the conversation will go, I just turn on the mi…
 
In this episode I’m talking with Sarah Davies. Sarah is, amongst other things, an Assistant Headteacher, Early Career Teacher Mentor and Author of Talking about Oracy. After a conversation I had with Donal Hale a few months ago, I began searching for resources or guidance on how best to implement oracy in my own practice. Sarah’s was the first and …
 
#002 - Welcome back to ‘It takes a Village’ the podcast from The Village Prep School in Belsize Park north-west London. This is the podcast to let you find out more about the school by hearing from staff, pupils, parents and others from the school community. And in this episode we chat to six of the Village Prep School pupils, three from Year 6 and…
 
#035 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to Headteacher at Berkhamsted Boys School, Tom Hadcroft. Tom’s going to talk to us about his first term as Headteacher, how he’s found it there, some of the differences between Berkhamsted and where he was before, and what makes Berkhamsted so special. But we also get to hear what hi…
 
In this Bitesize episode we talk to Stuart Jackson, Forest School Teacher about a brilliant idea to get a School Show garden competition started, giving you a inexpensive way to bring it into school this year. This episode is sponsored by The School Gardening Success Plan, bringing a surefire way to get your class gardening this year and beyond. Fi…
 
This week on the podcast is an EXCLUSIVE listen of my chat on stage at Ideal Home Show 2022 with Bryn Lucus. Having Bryn asking all the questions Brough a whole new dynamic to this discussion, throwing in new ideas from the How to Get Kids gardening available right now on https://skinnyjeangardener.co.uk/shop Also BIG NEWS This podcast is going LIV…
 
What is the best way to teach pupils to read and how can teachers ensure every child leaves primary school a fluent reader? This episode considers the components of effective whole-school reading (and literacy) strategies. The podcast is packed with teaching tips and techniques as well as whole-school ideas to engage pupils and boost reading skills…
 
Thats right in this episode you can WIN £700+ worth of gardening prizes for your school for entering this competition before 25th May 2022 You can Win a School Gardening Success Plan that supports your school in GYO and Wildlife throughout the entire year with Teacher Support https://schoolgardeningsuccess.co.uk PLUS a National Garden Gift Voucher …
 
#034 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re speaking to Head Girl and Head Boy Rebecca and Orlando. They’ll discuss the process of applying for the roles of Head Girl and Head Boy, some of the challenges they face and what they like about the roles. But we’ll also hear about what subjects they’re studying and how their recent mock exa…
 
In this episode I’m talking to Kate Anderson. Kate is the Head of the EAL department at The British School in the Netherlands and as such leads on English as an Additional Language provision across the secondary phase. I was looking to talk with someone like Kate after giving a lot of thought to how I work with EAL teachers in my own school and the…
 
If you are wondering how to get your class gardening this year then this is the episode for you. We have our friend Mr Stuart Jackson, forest school teacher join us for this full length episode of the all ne w Teacher Parent Podcast discussing how he is getting on with the School Gardening Success Plan, available right here.. https://skinnyjeangard…
 
#019 - Welcome to Snaresbrook Prep Uncovered, the podcast where we talk with staff, pupils and parents to understand more about life at the school. Each episode I’m joined by Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school and together we speak to a guest so it’s a bit of a 3-way conversation but this episode’s a little different... Today Ralph Dalton’s th…
 
#033 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re speaking to the cast and crew of this year’s school performance Shrek The Musical. We’ll be hearing from pupils Louis, Anna, Will and Ellie, as well as Performance Director, Mrs Dawn Wylie. They’ll tell us all about the roles they played in the performance, the emotions they were feeling dur…
 
Today marks exactly two years since schools throughout Scotland fell silent. Tes Scotland’s Henry Hepburn and Emma Seith speak about their long read marking the anniversary of that seismic moment, when Covid forced previously unthinkable decisions. They interviewed 10 educators who share remarkable stories about what they have faced and their insig…
 
#032 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re going back in time. We are revisiting our pastoral podcast featuring our Chief People Officer, Tracey Evans, and Dr Kathy Weston from TooledUp Education. Berkhamsted Schools Group are partnering with TooledUp Education to provide access for parents to their large resource of a truly inspirin…
 
#018 - Welcome to Snaresbrook Prep Uncovered, the podcast where we talk with staff, pupils and parents to understand more about life at the school. Each episode I’m joined by Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school and together we speak to a guest so it’s a bit of a 3-way conversation. Today's episode we celebrate World Book Day by talking to some …
 
In this episode, I’m talking with Chris Shaw. Chris is Assistant Headteacher and Head of English at a Welsh-medium school in Swansea. In addition to that he is a regional advocate for @LitdriveUK and a vocal presence on Twitter, where he tweets under the handle - Athro Saesneg. We discuss: 1. The best text he’s ever read, taught or been taught 2. T…
 
Being one of the first gardening podcasts in the UK, in this final part of the chat Richard discusses why he podcasts and how it started This podcast is sponsored by The School Gardening Success Plan, giving 1 million children a space to learn to GYO and care for Wildlife by 2025 find out more at https://skinnyjeangardener.co.uk/schoolsuccess OR he…
 
This episode considers what outstanding governance looks like in the primary school, how to be a great governor, and how school leaders and governors can work together effectively. We ask how headteachers can foster strong, professional relationships with governors, and vice-versa. We advise new headteachers how they might begin to build working re…
 
In this episode I am speaking with Brad Philpot. Brad is an English teacher in Frankfurt but is best known for his brilliant range of textbooks and instructional courses for teaching the IBDP. Brad is someone who has worked within IB education for a long time, holding numerous roles, affording him a massive amount of experience and knowhow when it …
 
Chickens, Goats and allotment stories. What really happens down at the allotment? richard Suggett fro The Veg Grower Podcast tells all! This podcast is sponsored by The School Gardening Success Plan, giving 1 million children a space to learn to GYO and care for Wildlife by 2025 find out more at https://skinnyjeangardener.co.uk/schoolsuccess OR hel…
 
#017 - In this episode of the Snaresbrook Prep podcast we speak to Susan Lowndes from INSPIRE Maths. Susan will talk all about why the INSPIRE Maths programme is so valuable and what impact it has on teaching and learning in schools. As always, this is a three-way conversation with the host, Simon, and Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school. So st…
 
#030 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to Amanda Attfield, the Head of Design and Technology at Berkhamsted. Amanda’s going to tell us all about Design and Technology, and how she gets young students to be passionate about the subject, why its important to get more girls doing Design and Technology and we also get to hear…
 
In the first of our 3 part chat, richard Suggett discusses how the world of gardening first started for him, and whether gardening can really help with mental health. This podcast is sponsored by The School Gardening Success Plan, giving 1 million children a space to learn to GYO and care for Wildlife by 2025 find out more at https://skinnyjeangard…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Amy Staniforth. Amy is an Acting Head of Department, Assistant Principal and co-author of the amazing Ready to Teach Macbeth. We discuss: 1. The best text Amy’s ever read, taught or been taught 2. What kind of timescale and process goes into planning the books in her ‘Ready to teach…’ series 3. What made Amy and St…
 
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