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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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
#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…
 
#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…
 
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…
 
#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…
 
#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…
 
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 …
 
#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 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…
 
This two-part episode offers advice and tips for good safeguarding practice and how we can keep children safe. In part two, we chat to three colleagues working in primary schools about their safeguarding work, examples of best practice, and useful ideas. They discuss current trends, effective safeguarding principles, and how to ensure a culture of …
 
#029 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re stepping into Heatherton because on the morning of Friday 18 March they’ll be holding an open event. So if you’re a member of the school community then why not share this episode with people you know who might be interested in coming along. To book your place just visit www.berkhamsted.com/a…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Josie Sacks and Bridie McPherson. Bridie is Head of Department at Oasis South Bank Academy and Josie is National Curriculum Lead for Oasis Community Learning. This interview came off the back of me watching Josie and Bridie talk as part of a ‘We are in Beta’ presentation. The ideas and insights offered around the l…
 
#028 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re going back in time. Heads-up for you, Berkhamsted Pre-Prep and Prep are holding their open events on Saturday 26 February with Pre-Prep’s in the morning and Prep in the afternoon. So we thought it would be good to revisit two conversations from 2021 and put them together into this episode. H…
 
#016 - In this episode of the Snaresbrook Prep podcast we speak to Grant Twist, Year 6 Form teacher but also Years 5 and 6 English Teacher. Grant will give us a classroom tour, talk SPAG and discuss why he loves teaching so much. As always, this is a three-way conversation with the host, Simon, and Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school. So step i…
 
This two-part episode offers advice/tips for good safeguarding practice in schools. In part one, safeguarding expert Elizabeth Rose speaks about current safeguarding trends and how schools can respond. Themes include the consequences of Covid-19 for safeguarding, safety of children outside school, the growing trend of online safety challenges at pr…
 
#027 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re going outdoors with the wonderful world of outdoor education. Simon Payne, Director of Outdoor Education, explains what it’s all about. And if you ever thought it was just going to be geography field trips then you’re in for a surprise! Simon talks us through how outdoor education looks for …
 
#015 - In this episode of the Snaresbrook Prep podcast we speak to Liz Douglas, Languages teacher at Snaresbrook Prep. Liz chats to us about what it's like teaching Latin and French, the value of learning languages at school and why it's not just about learning a skill but also a culture. As always, this is a three-way conversation with the host, S…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Alethea Bleyburg. Alethea is the Director of Learning Curve Education Consulting Ltd and an IBDP Core Consultant. I was particularly keen to talk to Thea about the IBDP Extended Essay, about which she has extensive knowledge. We discuss: Her experience with international schooling and the EE specifically The ways i…
 
#026 - Remarkable community indeed. In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re jumping into the music department. This means we get the chance to speak to Steph Gunary, Director of Performing Arts Development, Ben Noithip, Head of Solo performance and Malcolm Melling, Head of Ensembles. And what a team they are! We hear all about solo conce…
 
This is the third in a series of podcasts where I focus on a particular part of English instruction or English related matters in detail. In this episode I’m talking to Kathrine Mortimore. Kathrine is the Associate Assistant Principal at a secondary school in Torquay and author of the book: Disciplinary Literacy and Explicit Vocabulary Teaching: A …
 
In this episode I’m talking to Donal Hale. Donal is an English Head of Department at a secondary school in York and respected voice in English teaching on Twitter and beyond. We discuss: The best book he’s ever read, taught or learnt whilst at school Where Donal and his department stand on planning the curriculum according to concepts, texts or ski…
 
#001 - Welcome 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, our first episode, we’re about to hear from Headteacher Morven MacDonald. We ask Mo…
 
#025 - Remarkable community indeed. In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to Berkhamsted Girls Headteacher, Liz Richardson. Liz will talk to us about the values in single sex education, the benefits it has in a teaching environment, the wellbeing of the girls and their happiness in a same sex environment and how she responds to…
 
In this episode I’m talking to Alice Gibbons. Alice is the IBDP Coordinator for English at West Island School Hong Kong and also one of 3 contributors to a 2019 textbook for the IBDP Language and Literature course. We discuss: - The best book she’s ever read, taught or been taught - Alice’s experience as a teacher at home in the UK and abroad - How…
 
#014 - In this episode of the Snaresbrook Prep podcast we speak to Simon Marshall, Head at Bancroft's School. Simon will talk all about his school, the pupils, curriculum and why Bancroft's is a great next step for pupils. As always, this is a three-way conversation with the host, Simon, and Ralph Dalton, Headteacher at the school. So step inside a…
 
#024 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to the Director of Drama Dominic Curtis. Dominic will discuss his role as Director of Drama, why drama at school is such a useful subject regardless of a student’s career aspirations and what the House of performing arts is all about. But we’ll also find out about his responsibilitie…
 
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 …
 
This episode asks what great school improvement practice and processes look like and how to ensure self-evaluation work in schools is effective. We discuss the key tenets of school improvement, including change management, culture and ethos. We ask what a cycle of improvement should look like and how headteachers new in post might begin this work, …
 
#023 - It’s Christmas in the Pre-Prep and this may well prove to be one of the favourite podcast episodes of the whole channel so far. We have a unique moment to enjoy some time with some of the children in Reception, they’ll be talking to us about Elf Day, some children from Year One talking about the Nativity, the children from Year Two giving th…
 
#013 - In this very special Christmas episode of the Snaresbrook Prep podcast we speak to Simon Jones, the podcast host himself. Simon’s the guest this time around which means we’ll get to hear all about podcasting, how he got started and how he handled the transition from employee to running his very own podcasting business. So join us now as we h…
 
#022 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to the Deputy Head, Curriculum and Assessment, Nick Cale. So, in this episode we’re going to be talking about something called Power BI, what it is, how it’s used and how it helps the teaching staff at Berkhamsted. We also have a chance to talk to Nick about his background and how he…
 
This episode looks at how digital learning in schools is evolving in the wake of the pandemic and what it will look like in the months to come. We discuss lessons learnt from Covid, how the pandemic experience has changed practice and use of technology – and where we go next. We offer ideas for edtech practices that free-up teachers to teach, inclu…
 
#021 - In this episode of the Berkhamsted Spotlight we’re talking to the school Chaplain, Reverend Jane Markby, and Assistant Chaplain, Chloe Hopkins. So today, we’re going to discover how the school’s Christian ethos works alongside the many faiths and diverse cultures in the school, how the Chaplaincy support students and why it’s important to en…
 
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