Welcome to our podcast series ‘Of Primary Importance’!

In this podcast series, we will be exploring all things EYFS and primary with different topics and special guests each fortnight.

Episode 18

In this episode, we are joined by Behaviour and Education Expert Adele Bates. Adele empowers school leaders and teachers to support pupils with behavioural needs and SEMH to thrive within their education. She’s an International Keynote Speaker, a featured Expert on ‘Teenagers and Behaviour’ for BBC Radio 4, the Author of ‘Miss, I don’t Give A Sh*t- Engaging with Challenging Behaviour in Schools,’ and is a fully funded International Researcher in Finland, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica on Behaviour & Inclusion, alongside 20 years of teaching experience!

Adele: “I’ve had juice poured on my head, been whacked by a skateboard – and have taught a year 7 pupil who has experienced severe trauma, how to read their first ever word…”

In this episode we discuss engaging with challenging behaviour and why bridging the gap between alternative provision and mainstream schools is so important.

You can follow Adele on Twitter at @AdeleBatesZ and on LinkedIn at Adele Bates.  You can also check out her website  and YouTube channel for free tips and resources.  Adele’s book is available to purchase in all your usual book stores/online libraries.

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content.  If you are interested on coming on the show or have a topic suggestion, send me a DM! 

 

 

Key questions covered:

  • You wrote the book, ‘Miss I don’t give a sh*t: Engaging with challenging behaviour in schools’ can you give us an overview of the book and why you decided to write it?
  • All of this comes from the fact that you love working with the most vulnerable pupils. Where does this passion come from?
  • One size doesn’t fit all and there is no ‘one way’ to do behaviour, but you do have some tried and tested approaches for managing behaviour, tell me about how you have developed those?
  • When you have been engaging with schools in managing challenging behaviour, what have been some of the common misconceptions you have experienced about behaviour.
  • You mentioned in an interview published on your website that during your teaching career a headteacher told you that you were doing ‘too much pastoral’ which made you understandably angry why do you think that pastoral care can so often be sidelined and what changes do you want to see in schools to improve this?
  • You said in an ideal world it wouldn’t just be down to experts you wouldn’t need to be an expert in behaviour because it would be woven into the school’s ethos and pedagogy, how can schools be supported to become more confident in managing challenging behaviour?

About the host

Kat Cauchi is the Product Manager of ReallySchool – a solution for early years and primary from NetSupport . She is also a former primary school teacher, member of the Global Equality Collective, Technocamps, GiST role model, and Global EdTech author.  

Watch Past Episodes!

Episode 17 – ‘The charm of chess’

In this episode, we are joined by Hari Neocleous. Hari is a Chess Teacher and Primary Maths Intervention Specialist. She regularly writes for Cherubs Magazine and is currently studying dyscalculia at university.  

In this episode we discussed ‘The Charm of Chess’ 

You can follow Hari on Twitter at @hari_neo21 and on Instagram at @the_maths_nuts  

You can also check out Chess in Schools and Communities for free lessons and resources!  

Episode 16 – ‘The role of tutoring in filling gaps in education’

In this episode, we are joined by Liz Rumsey. Liz qualified as a teacher 11 years ago. Before that, she was a training manager for a large banking organisation. She moved from mainstream primary schools 6 years ago to join Tute and develop alternative provision for primary students. Her role has since developed and, in conjunction with developing and teaching lessons for students, she also has the responsibility of SEND lead teacher across all 5 Key Stages. This role enables me to work collaboratively with students, parents, schools and Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to ensure that all individual requirements are met. 

In this episode we discussed ‘The role of tutoring in filling gaps in education.’

You can follow Tute education on Twitter at @tuteeducation on Instagram at @tute_education_limited on Facebook at tute.education.limited/. 

You can also check out their YouTube Channel and website.  

Episode 15 – Taking early years education to ‘the big kids.’

this episode, we are joined by Maggie Layfield. As a former teacher turned ‘EdTechie’, Maggie is passionate about seeing technology used intentionally in the classroom to help increase engagement and lead to positive learning outcomes. She serves as the VP of US Sales for NetSupport Inc, and is recognised leader in EdTech. She lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and two kids (plus one on the way!). Maggie loves to bake, solve puzzles, play word games, and read in her spare time, which is rather limited these days.

In this episode we discussed Taking early years education to ‘the big kids.’

You can follow on Maggie on Twitter at @LayfieldMaggie  or on LinkedIn

You can also email her at [email protected]

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content

Episode 14 – ‘Engagement, support and boundaries- relationships between parents and educators’

In this episode, we are joined by Sammy White. Sammy is a former maths teacher with experience in a wide variety of settings including alternative provision (AP), further education (FE) and secondary. She is currently a teaching & learning specialist at TextHelp. Sammy is also recognised as one of ‘The EdTech 50’ for 2021.

In this episode we discussed ‘Engagement, support and boundaries- relationships between parents and educators’

You can follow Sammy on Twitter at @WhatTheTrigMath

You can also check out her website and YouTube channel

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content

Episode 13 – ‘Tips for success in teaching a new language’

In this episode, we are joined by Juliet Park the director of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) for the Share Trust. She is also a languages teacher and national MFL consultant-supporting schools and academy trusts. She is a successful author of languages resources. Juliet is an experienced examiner, and she regularly delivers training for awarding bodies and trainee teachers. She is also a specialist for the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) in Dylan William’s formative assessment programme, and she supports primary and secondary heads to introduce this in their own settings.  She is passionate about developing a lifelong love of languages and linguistic mastery in young children.

In this episode we discussed ‘Tips for success in teaching a new language’ especially for teachers without a language specialism.

You can follow Juliet on Twitter at @julietdpark

You can also check out her book ‘Tried and tested: The ultimate guide to teaching primary languages and her languages resource website

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content

Episode 12 – Are schools preparing pupils to be ‘future

In this episode, we are joined by Evo Hannan. Evo is passionate about design and innovation in education. Innately driven by his desire to create positive change, Evo has utilised his 20 years of teaching experience to channel into projects which have made an impact across the globe, including The Agency project and Ed Talks Live-a live YouTube talk show which engages in hot education topics with guests from around the globe. This inspired him to take a step out of the classroom in July 2021 and start his own education venture called Innovation X, a big thinking company created to help inspire new ideas to move education forward. He recently launched Innovation X’s first service called Vertigo, a social media agency for schools and education partners, that offers a modern streamlined approach to community engagement, growth and communication.

In this episode we discussed:  Are schools preparing pupils to be ‘future ready?’

You can follow Evo on Twitter at @EvoHannan , on Instagram at  @evohannan and on LinkedIn

You can also check out his website and  YouTube channel

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Episode 11 – What does effective teaching and learning with technology look like in primary schools?

In this episode, we are joined by Mark Anderson. Mark is a global speaker, education technology expert, consultant, trainer and award-winning blogger and author, known as the ICT Evangelist. He is also Head of Education at NetSupport Group  and he is an Independent Thinking Associate. In 2015, Mark moved on from his 20+ years in the classroom and various leadership roles to work with schools and teachers the world over.

In this episode we discussed ‘What does effective teaching and learning with technology look like in primary schools?

You can follow Mark on Twitter at @ICTEvangelist

You can also check out his website and YouTube channel.

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content

Episode 10 – Creating a Wellbeing Culture in schools

In this episode, we are joined by Andrew Cowley. Andrew is a former Primary School DHT who has a commitment to and a passion for wellbeing for children and for school staff. Believing wellbeing to be a strategic consideration as well as a life skill, Andrew co-founded @HealthyToolkit and wrote the accompanying blog, has blogged for Education Support Partnership and BBC Teach. More recently Andrew has been published by Bloomsbury Education: The Wellbeing Toolkit (2019) supports wellbeing for staff and The Wellbeing Curriculum (2021) proposes a broadly defined approach to wellbeing and character development in the primary school.

In this episode we discussed creating a Wellbeing Culture in schools.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @andrew_cowley23

You can follow me (Kat Cauchi) on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK

Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content

Of Primary Importance is also available as a podcast on the NetSupport Radio app, as well as your favourite platforms: Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn and more. Check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content!

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