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Tiny Voice Talks is an award winning podcast that gives a platform to the quieter voices in education. In it, Toria chats to teachers, leaders, authors and advisors about what they are doing in the field of education and how that is impacting on the young people in our classrooms. If you are in education and want your voice heard, contact Toria on tinyvoicetalks@gmail.com. To join #TinyVoiceTalks on Twitter just find Toria's pinned tweet each Tuesday (@toriaclaire).
 
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In this episode, Toria talks all about maths and the myths that surround this subject with Professor Alf Coles and Professor Nathalie Sinclair. Together they wrote the book 'I can't do maths' and it is based on one core belief: maths doesn't have to be scary! Over the course of the episode, they talk about many of the dogmas that surround the subje…
 
In this episode, Toria continues her chats about mental health by learning about OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) from Manjit Nota. Manjit has lived with OCD for many years and finally opened up about it in the midst of Covid 19. Tune in to hear how her OCD led her to be her school's Covid Champion and what she does to lessen her anxiety. You ca…
 
In this episode Toria talks to Jez about physical and mental wellbeing and how P.E. stands at the forefront of this in schools. As a former P.E. teacher, Jez talks about his PE teaching career, the shift from elite sport to sport for all and the strong links between physical and mental fitness. Jez is a dad, former Director of Sport and now a Wellb…
 
In this episode Toria chats to Eileen Adamson about the economic crisis that we find ourselves in and how we can not only survive it but learn to thrive with the money that we have. Eileen is a mum of 3, teacher and money coach, empowering female teachers to improve their financial wellbeing. Money doesn’t have to be boring, difficult or scary and …
 
In this episode, Toria chats to John Walker (CEO of Sounds Write) again. This time they talk about morphology, etymology and their shared love of language. There are great tips for supporting children's spelling and reading as well as helping them to love language too. To find out more about the work that John does and Sounds Write visit https://ww…
 
In this episode Toria talks to Naomi Barker, the author of the new book ‘Teacher Journal’. They discuss their first years of teaching and what they wish they’d known. They also discuss the importance of reflection, asking for help and focusing on the positives. To connect with Naomi Twitter - @teacherjournal_ Instagram - teacherjournal_ To order th…
 
‘In this episode Toria chats with Nicky Parr, co-founder of Better Handwritten about handwriting matters and WHY handwriting matters! They talk about the experience of learning for children, of teaching for teachers, and for parents with supporting their children… the frustrations, challenges and rewards that all play their part on the journey to f…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Rob about anxiety - what it looks like for him and the coping strategies that he has found to manage it in his day to day life. Rob is a dad and primary teacher who created #YourMindMatters on Twitter as a way to support others, especially men, with their mental health. He is a firm believer that a problem shared is …
 
In this episode, Toria chats to transition guru Liz Stevenson about transition and why it is so important that we get this right at all ages and stages. Liz currently works in Primary School Improvement in Birmingham but in the last 23 years has worked in Primary, Secondary and Special Education. Prior to her current post she was the Transition Man…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to David about depression. They cover what it looked like for David and where he is on his journey with it. They also discuss why it is that we so rarely talk about this subject and disregard our own mental wellbeing for fear of judgement. To self-refer on Time to Talk (as mentioned by David) click here - https://gatewa…
 
In this episode, Toria chats with Verity Saunders about the Summer holidays and what they really look like for teachers. Together, they talk about the reality of finishing the Summer Term and preparing for the new cohort in the Autumn Term. As well as this they talk about hand-shakes, to-do lists and being a little bit competitive! To connect with …
 
In the second part of Representation Matters, Toria continues her chat with Aisha Thomas about why representation is so important and how we can ensure that we prioritise this in school. If you haven’t heard part 1, catch up on it here https://tinyvoicetalks.buzzsprout.com/1267127/10922932-representation-matters-pt-1-with-aisha-thomas Aisha studied…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Aisha Thomas about representation, why it is so important and how we can ensure that we prioritise this in school. Aisha studied law at the University of the West of England before transitioning to education in 2010. In 2016, Aisha became Assistant Principal at an inner-city secondary school in Bristol. Specializing …
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Anoara about metacognition and learns about what it is, what it isn't and how it can support teaching and learning in the classroom. Anoara is the author of Think!: Metacognition-powered Primary Teaching and is a primary practitioner of fifteen years and an experienced school leader of ten years. Anoara is qualified …
 
In this episode Toria talks to Fabian Darku about positivity, resilience and embracing change. Fabian is a Further Education Lecturer in Sport (Hertfordshire) and am an avid blogger and writer. (RiSE magazine, Nexus Education, @teachertoolkit, FE Jobs, TES). They discuss reflective practice and the models Fabian has created with the aim of improvin…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Joe Dale all the power of connection, #mfltwitterati and gets so many tips about how to use EdTech in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Joe truly is a font of knowledge! Joe is a former teacher who works as a modern foreign languages & technology consultant currently. He is the former host of TES MFL fo…
 
In this episode, Toria talks about the importance of emotional intelligence in education with Niomi Clyde Roberts, who has recently published a book on the subject. They discuss some of the scientific research and real-life examples that Niomi uses in her book to demonstrate how empathy and clear communication can make every teacher and leader feel…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to John Walker the director and co-author (with Susan Case and David Philpot) of Sounds-Write all about phonics and its place in the classroom. John believes that good phonics spirals - recycling the information that has already been taught through reading, writing and spelling. John has been a qualified teacher, univer…
 
In the final episode in the Empathy Day series, Toria talks to Hydeh Fayaz all about what she and the others at St. Matthew's C. E. Primary School in Birmingham will be doing for Empathy Day. Hydeh is the assistant headteacher at St. Matthews and currently teaches year 1. She is also an Evidence Lead Educator at the research skill. St. Matthews hav…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Sophie about the power of song and its transformational properties. Sophie is a professional singer, vocal coach, songwriter, wellbeing music specialist and published author. Collectively she has 30 years experience and in 2019 completed an MA specialising in her area of expertise singing and wellbeing. www sophiegar…
 
In this episode, the second celebrating Empathy Day 2022, Toria talks to award winning author A.M.Dassu (Az) about why empathy is so important to her and her writing. She is an advocate for Empathy Day and how this event enables our young people to develop this important skill. In 2021, Az went on an Empathy Walk and this year she is striking up a …
 
In this episode, Toria talks to proud Headteacher of Parklands Primary School in Leeds, Chris Dyson , about how building a school on love can yield the most amazing results. Chris believes that If anything can bind together nearly 400 pupils and 100 school staff in challenging circumstances, it’s love. And love is in plentiful supply at Parklands. …
 
In this episode Toria speaks to Fran Corcoran (MD) and Selena Whitehead (Education Team Manager) from Amazing People Schools, one of the UK’s first “Companies of Character” who offer an award-winning, whole-school approach to character development, wellbeing and cross-curricular learning for both primary and secondary schools. In our post-covid wor…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Miranda McKearney about Empathy Day and the great work that she and others at Empathy Lab are doing. Young people are growing up in a society with a major empathy deficit; hate crimes are at their highest level since records began and there are increasing concerns about the negative effects of social media. EmpathyLa…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to R.I.S.E. Magazine editor, ReallySchool product manager and Of Primary Importance podcast host Kat Cauchi about how everyone has something to share. She discusses how through her work, particularly R.I.S.E., she has been able to support and empower different voices across the education sector and why she is so passion…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Frederika Roberts about knowing our character strengths and how we can use character strengths within our classrooms to support the wellbeing of the young people we teach. Frederika is a former teacher passionate about supporting the wellbeing of children and the adults around them. She supports wellbeing in educatio…
 
In this episode, Toria chats to Oxford Owl storyteller Chip Colquhoun – but WHOA! Don't go thinking this is just another chat about ways to present literacy. Chip has spent 15 years helping schools use storytelling to boost attainment in all core curriculum subjects, seeing several raise their OFSTED rating from "Requires improvement" to "Good" or …
 
In this episode, Roma Dhameja joins Toria again to talk all about money. Roma has taught Business and Economics over 10 years and has held Senior Leadership positions for 6 years. Having taught finance related subjects over a decade, and having come from a commercial environment she couldn’t shake the feeling that the curriculum failed to cover a l…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to educator, podcaster and author Phil Naylor. Having chatted to many educators on his podcast 'Naylor's Natter', Phil decided to write a book of the same name and tells Toria all about it. His book, which is filled with Ideas and advice from the collective wisdom of teachers (as heard on the popular education podcast) …
 
In this episode Toria talks with Emily, founder of Virtual School Visits and Jo from Dr Jo Science Solutions. They share how their careers have evolved from classroom teaching to starting an edtech business and becoming a primary science specialist respectively. We hear the important message that teaching doesn't have to be a linear route to leader…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Kimberley about taking a step back to pause, reflect and decide what to do next Kimberley Evans is a primary school teacher, heritage educator and author. After seeing so many people leave education due to unhappiness and workloads, Kimberley set up ‘Nourish the Workplace’ to make a difference to the profession she l…
 
In this episode Toria talks to Bob Cox about 'opening doors' and providing our learners with high quality English lessons throughout their time at school - both primary and secondary. Bob is the author of the 'Opening Doors' series of books and an educational consultant who has worked with hundreds of schools and spoken at national and internationa…
 
In this episode, Toria finds out from Sam how she and other educators can thrive both in and out of the classroom. She walked away from this chat with so many tips and can honestly say that after applying Sam's great advice that she is feeling a great deal better. Sam is one of the founders of TeachStrong and is passionate about equipping educators…
 
In this episode, Toria catches up with Pie Corbett about two of her favourite topics - talking and reading. Pie shares the research he and his team have gathered about how to teach reading successfully and about what this looks like. He discusses his latest book 'Talk for Reading'. To find out more and get hold of a copy, just click on the link - h…
 
In this episode Toria talks to founder of Empathy Week Ed Kirwan. Ed Kirwan is the CEO, founder and filmmaker at Empathy Week - a global educational programme that uses the power of film to develop students into empathetic leaders, with the aim of building the #EmpathyGeneration. Ed entered the working world through Teach First and taught science i…
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Stuart Mycroft about his journey to leadership, doing his best to lead with kindness and the importance of reflection. After starting as a TA at 17, Stuart set himself the goal of being a Headteacher before he was 40. He worked his way through a variety of roles in Primary Schools across the North West and in April 2…
 
In this episode Toria talks to Ros Wilson. Ros Wilson is a highly revered education expert whose 55-year career spans teaching, consultancy, keynote speaking, and research. Ros has just launched Talk:Write a new system for developing language to improve both the quality of talk and the quality of writing of primary school pupils. Talk:Write is the …
 
In this episode Toria talks to Therese Hoyle, Frederika Roberts, Bukky Yusuf and Kimberley Evans about their new book 'The Big Book of Whole School Wellbeing.' In it they discuss wellbeing, the importance of a whole school approach and how the book came about. Unbelievably, they managed to co-ordinate 26 voices amidst the pandemic and all online. H…
 
In this episode, Toria continues talking to Steve Waters about burnout and what can be done by teachers to overcome it. Steve Waters is joint founder and CEO of Teach Well Toolkit, a mental health support membership service for schools (www.teachwelltoolkit.com). It includes a step-by-step programme for implementing a whole-school culture of staff …
 
In this episode, Toria talks to Steve Waters about burnout and learns about the research of Christina Maslach. Steve Waters is joint founder and CEO of Teach Well Toolkit, a mental health support membership service for schools (www.teachwelltoolkit.com). It includes a step-by-step programme for implementing a whole-school culture of staff mental he…
 
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