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The We Are In Beta Podcast captures the learnings of incredible school leaders to inspire the profession. It explores their journeys, their thoughts on the big issues, addresses the questions on their minds and their predictions for the future.

The We Are In Beta Podcast captures the learnings of incredible school leaders to inspire the profession. It explores their journeys, their thoughts on the big issues, addresses the questions on their minds and their predictions for the future.
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United Kingdom

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The We Are In Beta Podcast captures the learnings of incredible school leaders to inspire the profession. It explores their journeys, their thoughts on the big issues, addresses the questions on their minds and their predictions for the future.

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@niallalcock

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English

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Episodes

White Ally

12/22/2019
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Picking up from the last episode on BAME leadership, 'Critical Mass' featuring Allana Gay, which you should listen to first, we’re talking about what it means to be a good ally to your BAME colleagues, what the purpose is and what it looks like when it’s not easy. We speak to Patrick Ottley O’Connor - Executive Headteacher, North Liverpool Academy - and Allana Gay again about what they’ve done and would like to see done to promote an equitable education system for people of all...

Duration:00:25:35

Critical Mass

12/22/2019
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This is an episode on BAME leadership in education. BAME stands for Black Asian Minority Ethnic. According to the Swan Report (1985) and a recent report by the Runnymede Trust (2017), BAME educators have more difficulty progressing to leadership in the English education system. We went out to hear some stories from BAME leaders in education about what it was like for them getting to their position…but we made a mistake. Listen to learn what it was, what we did about it. Allana Gay,...

Duration:00:30:44

He For She

12/15/2019
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Vivienne Porritt, amongst many things is one of the founders of the social equity group called #WomenEd. Vivienne set us a challenge. She asked us to take a message to every man in education. Chris Hildrew is a contributor to the WomenEd book '10% Braver', and Headteacher at Churchill Academy. He charts his change to becoming a He for She ally, from his early years in school to a speech he heard by Emma Watson at the United Nations. Later Chris would adopt some tips from Sheryl...

Duration:00:30:58

Blind Recruitment.

12/8/2019
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These days things are going well for Claire Cuthbert. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher. When she became one, she progressed quickly. The time soon came for her to apply for headship - one at a start up school in a mining community. Both the interviewers and applicants for the position were all, as Claire describes “middle aged white males in grey suits”, and to be honest that’s not really surprising. But what happened next was. Claire progressed to the second round and when it...

Duration:00:26:05

Community and Connection.

12/1/2019
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Progress 8. Grades 9-4. Ofsted. RSCs. In the current accountability climate in schools, it can be easy to forget that students and their education are about more than numbers. But at what cost? What opportunities are we missing to connect? To create an important sense of community? When he was a student, Manny Botwe had a teacher with whom he shared a great relationship. This teacher took an interest in him and his activities outside school. But when Manny was getting into trouble he...

Duration:00:28:00

Unconditional Positive Regard.

11/24/2019
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Deborah Firat is a parent governor. She has seen first hand the the difference it makes when teachers approach their pupils with unconditional positive regard. Her son Zak has autism and although he went to a good mainstream school, they didn't have the tools to maximise he potential. Dave Whitaker (Director of Learning at Wellspring Academy Trust) and Luke Mitchell (Head of Behaviour Support) share what they have learned from years of experience and some guiding principles about how to...

Duration:00:29:39

Behaviour Is Communication

11/17/2019
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Over the course of their careers, the Headteacher of Hawkswood Primary Pru (pupil Referal unit) Marie Gentles and her deputy Katie L'Aimable have begun to see patterns. They've gone from seeing their students' behaviour as isolated events to understanding that all behaviour is communication. Marie and Katie tell us what they've learned about what some behaviours are communicating and why understanding the root of behaviour is so critical. To get access to the podcast before anyone else,...

Duration:00:36:34

The Jigsaw Puzzle

11/10/2019
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Having felt the pressure between parenthood and being a senior leader, when Sue Plant had the opportunity to become the Head of School of a brand new school, she was going to make sure her staff didn’t face the same challenges she faced. At John Taylor Free School, Sue tells us how she set out to make her school flexible working-friendly and recruited her whole staff in the first year without spending any money on advertising. All part of her plan to get the culture right and attract the...

Duration:00:33:12

Two heads are better than one

11/2/2019
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Lisa Farmer had finally got her dream job as a headteacher. Soon after getting the job she discovered she was pregnant. Lisa and her husband were elated but she thought people expected her to step down from her new role. With no intention of stepping down Lisa began looking into flexible working options. She was looking for a co-headteacher to share the role with. But this was over a decade ago, before more case studies were available. So Lisa had to learn through trial and error... We...

Duration:00:41:29

Call To Action: Going Phone Free.

10/27/2019
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Leann Swaine was the Associate Headteacher of East Barnet School when she wanted to make a change. One day she was in the school corridor when an event inspired her to go on the journey to make the school phone free. East Barnet is a mixed secondary with 1400 students. It’s a school big enough to make tasks like “going phone free” seem daunting. This week on We Are In Beta, Leann, now the Headteacher tells us how she prepared her staff and students for the upcoming change. Whether you...

Duration:00:29:42

We Are In Beta - Series 2: Trailer

10/20/2019
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We Are In Beta opens its second series. Host Niall Alcock gives you a taste of what's new and what to expect from upcoming episodes. There's a new addition to the team too. Meet our new producer, Jay. Don't miss the first episode - out on October 27th 2019 - hit that subscribe button now. To get access the podcast before anyone else and extra goodies like our guests' research and book recommendations, the services they couldn't do without and links to the policies and documents they talk...

Duration:00:02:51

Jeremy Hannay, Headteacher, Three Bridges Primary School - Doing away with the Ofsted style of management: how to reduce high stakes accountability and increase teacher autonomy

8/11/2019
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In this episode, Jeremy Hannay, Headteacher of Three Bridges Primary School in west London, shares his thoughts on To learn more about We Are In Beta head over to:https://weareinbeta.substack.com/about Join the conversation. Tweet @NiallAlcock and @HannayJeremy. We’d love to know what you think. To stay up to date with interviews and updates from the We Are In Beta community and access links to all the resources, people and organisations Jeremy mentions, including his top book...

Duration:01:14:32

Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust & Executive Principal, Comberton Village College & President of The Chartered College of Teaching: Doing the right thing and working together

7/21/2019
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In this episode, Stephen Munday (Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; Executive Principal, Comberton Village College & President of The Chartered College of Teaching), shares his thoughts on: In his interview, Stephen shares his thoughts on: How a cup of tea with his Mum’s friend was the catalyst to becoming the President of the Chartered College of Teaching To learn more about We Are In Beta head over to:https://weareinbeta.substack.com/about To access a full transcript of the...

Duration:00:47:25

Linda Emmett, Headteacher, All Saints Catholic College, Cheshire - How to create a culture of absolute joy on the journey out of special measures

6/30/2019
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In this episode, Linda Emmett, Headteacher, All Saints Catholic College Chesire, shares her thoughts on: Why her job in IT inspired her to teachWhat she thinks is the most important thing when growing students as individuals The programme that inspired her to take on headshipThe organisations she’s worked with that have helped transform All SaintsThe language her team uses to encourage staff to speak up about their challengesWhy she thinks Ofsted has a positive role to play and why...

Duration:00:37:15

Dr. Chris Tomlinson, Regional Director of Harris Secondary and new CEO of Coop Academies Trust - the one budget you keep moving up: how to invest in staff development in schools

6/16/2019
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To get access to the podcast before anyone else and receive a curated list of organisations and resources guests recommend, join the free We Are In Beta community mailing list here In this episode, Dr, Chris Tomlinson, Director of Harris Secondary and soon to be CEO of Coop Academies Trust, shares his thoughts on: We Are In Betahttps://weareinbeta.substack.com/about To access a full transcript of the...

Duration:00:48:22

Hannah Wilson, Executive Headteacher, Aureus Primary and Secondary Schools, Oxfordshire - How to create a mentally healthy school

6/2/2019
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To get access to the podcast before anyone else and receive a curated list of organisations and resources guests recommend join the free We Are In Beta community mailing list here In this episode of the We Are In Beta Podcast, Hannah Wilson, Executive Headteacher, Aureus Primary and Secondary Schools, Oxfordshire shares her thoughts on: We Are In Betahttps://medium.com/@WeAreInBeta To access a full transcript of the...

Duration:00:45:58

Clare Rees, Headteacher, Havelock Primary School, Ealing - How to build trust by creating a coaching culture in schools

5/6/2019
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To get access to the podcast before anyone else and receive a curated list of organisations and resources guests recommend join the free We Are In Beta community mailing list here In this episode of the We Are In Beta Podcast, Clare Rees, Headteacher, Havelock Primary School, Ealing shares her thoughts on: To learn more about We Are In Beta head over to: https://medium.com/@WeAreInBeta To access a full transcript of the...

Duration:00:52:55

Ed Vainker, Executive Headteacher, Reach Academy Feltham - How to improve progress by investing in relationships with families

4/28/2019
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To stay up to date with interviews and updates from the We Are In Beta community and access links to all the resources, people and organisations guests mention sign up here In this episode of the We Are In Beta Podcast, Ed Vainker, Executive Headteacher, Reach Academy Feltham, shares his thoughts on: To learn more about We Are In Beta head over to: https://medium.com/@WeAreInBeta To access a full transcript of the...

Duration:00:48:34

Will Smith, Chief Exec, Greenshaw Learning Trust - How to reduce workload and generate a feeling of relief in schools

4/9/2019
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In this episode of the We Are In Beta Podcast, Will Smith, Chief Exec at Greenshaw Learning Trust, shares his thoughts on: How acids and alkalis altered his life directionWhat everyone at Greenshaw is entitled toWhat impact changes to the Ofsted framework will haveHow he re-defines accountabilityThe organisations that you probably think about that MATs are accountable to The leader mindset shift he thinks is required in the systemHis trust’s statement of intent around inclusivityThe other...

Duration:00:38:35

Evelyn Forde, Headteacher, Copthall School - BAME leadership: how do we make it more representative in schools?

3/22/2019
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In this episode of the We Are In Beta Podcast, Evelyn Forde, Headteacher at Copthall School, shares her thoughts on: how her daughters inspired her to make a change,how she overcame the odds to secure her dream role at Copthall,how she led the school to achieve exceptional results,how she improved teaching and learning through incremental coaching,what she is doing to improve staff wellbeing,which stakeholders she included in developing the school’s culture,which headlines do headteachers...

Duration:00:45:31