The Brick In The Wall

The Brick In The Wall

Aimed at parents, teachers, support staff and more. The B®ick In The Wall Podcast brings you lighthearted education news and views plus a lot more! With live studio guests and the infamous Confessional, tune in each week to get the latest episodes. New episodes released every Tuesday. Don't forget to follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts so you don't miss out!

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May 2, 2021 43 min

The duo are joined by Sir David Carter to discuss his book, Leading Academy Trusts: Why some fail, but most don't. Sir David shares his thoughts on what makes a successful academy trust and the benefits of the academy system on education more widely. We also discuss Sir David's leadership journey from his time at The Cabot Learning Trust through to National Schools Commissioner.

Don't miss the hilarious Confessional wher...

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The duo are joined by Dame Alison Peacock to discuss the work of the Chartered College in supporting the development of teachers and the wider education system. We discuss the high quality research available to members and how the Chartered College works tirelessly to celebrate, support and connect colleagues to take pride in the profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people.

Alison also shares her...

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The duo are joined by Tom Campbell (Senior Education Officer) and Jamie Kilner (Senior Advisor Vocational Curriculum) to discuss the importance of vocational qualifications within the curriculum and how they play a key role in developing employability skills and impact positively on social mobility.

You will not want to miss The Confessional where Jamie admits to getting a little carried away in a cricket lesson and Tom gives the wr...

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The duo are joined by University of Bristol's Dr. David Sands to discuss the changing landscape of leadership and the importance of climate change education for young people. David also shares his research into the NPQ programme and how they compare with the Hong Kong Principal Programme. The results are interesting to say the least!

David also shares with us how universities have had to adapt their offer during the pandemic and...

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Listen as the duo are joined by Greenwood Academies Trust CEO, Wayne Norrie to discuss the wider opening of schools and the need for a more positive narrative on pupils returning. Wayne also shares his thought on reconnection and the work with Sir. Kevan Collins on the identification of key groups (children and adults) on returning - Bouncebackers, Leaning, Intensive Support, Less time to learn and Transition. This is a must listen...

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Renegades, Returners and Body Art takes a look at the plans for wider opening, exams and Summer Schools for children. The duo are joined once again by Mark Denny to review the latest news on wider opening and Exams released this week. Listen as the team discuss the impact on children and students as well as the latest competition in the podcast sphere.

The duo also discuss the unfair treatment on Social Media and on TV of a colleagu...

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The duo are joined by new Headteacher, Leah Wright, to discuss her first 100 days in headship and the challenges of starting a new job in a pandemic. Listen as the duo discuss the latest plans to extend the school day and the Yorkshire Pud's thoughts on changing the school year are met with tumbleweed.

You won't want to miss the confessional and the fun and games of having your own child in your class. Let's just say it ...

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'To mute or not to mute'. The trials and tribulations of the blended learning offer takes a look at the many challenges and positives of remote learning being faced by teachers and parents alike.

The duo are joined by one teacher from Derbyshire and a parent who home schools to discuss blended learning as well as the benefits that come with this approach. The duo also discuss two genius ways in which children have managed t...

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The duo are joined by Behaviour and Educational Specialist Adele Bates to discuss approaches to managing challenging behaviour in the classroom and how remote learning may be benefitting children with SEMH concerns. Adele also shares information on her upcoming book, 'Miss, I don't give a sh...!' which is due to hit bookshops in the autumn.

Also hear how Adele once made a child dance the Jive before realising that he act...

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December 21, 2020 52 min

Listen as the duo are joined by regular guest, Mark Denny to take a look back at the last year in education and our favourite podcast episodes and guests. Mark also takes the opportunity to launch his attempt at a Christmas No. 1 with All I Want For Christmas Is Guidance from Gavlar!

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The duo are joined by Andy Samways, Director of Research at the Unity Research School and Unity Schools Partnership, to discuss the importance of research in schools and how this can improve outcomes for children. Andy also discusses the EAST framework from the Behaviour Insights Team and how this can be used effectively to support school improvement: Easy, Attractive, Social and Timely.

Don't miss Andy's confession where we...

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The duo are joined by Chrissie Cox, Project Manager, of the On The Level Project working with Reprezent FM to support the mental health of young people. Reprezent FM is a Youth Radio station based in Brixton in London that started in 2010 with a one-month license, but after its amazing work on gun and knife crime they were awarded a community broadcasting license.

Listen as Chrissie shares the work of Reprezent FM and the projects t...

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The duo are joined by Kev House from the Art of Brilliance to discuss the power of positivity and the importance of gratitude during these trying times. Kev also shares his thoughts on Mood Hoovers and behaviours being values in action. Also, don't miss Kev's alternative happiness Olympic Games and the need for everyone to have a drawer full of Happy Pants! This is a great episode as a thought provoker with staff.

Further de...

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The duo are once again joined by Mark Denny and take a look at the A-Level and GCSE debacle and latest Bank Holiday guidance drops from the DfE.

Don't miss Greg sharing his weekend saga and how he lost his phone. It could only happen to the Bury Bawler!

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The duo are joined by Australian teacher, Sarah Durack, to discuss the impact of lockdown on schools in Australia and the ways in which they have managed remote learning and returning to school for all pupils.

We also discuss Government guidance and advice - the difference between the two government's approaches is significant! Also, don't miss the Confessional where we discover one Australian school developed its own brewer...

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The duo are joined by the phenomenal Mary Myatt to discuss her work on the curriculum and her book The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to coherence, as well as the importance of stories across all subjects. Mary also shares the background on her upcoming book due out in September, the aptly named Back On Track, which takes a look at how we can remove some of the unnecessary burdens on teachers and free them up to focus on their pupils and ...

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The duo are joined again by regular guest, Mark Denny, to discuss the cost of shredding this year's SATs papers and just how high the papers would have reached had they been piled up........all 70 million sheets of them! We also discuss potential plans for additional assessments next year to measure the impact of Covid and we discover that you can't Trust the Bury Bawler with your socks!

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The duo are joined by Secondary Assistant Principal, Richard Moxon, to discuss the challenges faced by secondary schools through lockdown and plans for opening fully to all students in September while keeping bubbles operating. We also discuss the process of GCSEs this year and the potential issues that could be faced by students with Ofqual's announcement that they may have to adjust teacher assessment by up to 12% points for ...

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The duo are joined once again by Lincolnshire Headteacher Bill Lord who explains his approach to supporting children in September and shares his tips and thoughts for NQTs starting their first post and those still looking. Bill also shares his essential reading list for the Summer holiday as well as how he managed to cause a blockage in the coal shed pipes with his cigarette butts as a young teacher.

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The duo are joined by the brilliant Jonathan Rice to discuss his experiences in school and the role that the Headteacher associations across the country have played in supporting Heads and Principals by being the communication conduit between DfE, LAs and schools during lockdown.

Don't miss the hilarious Confessional where Jonathan shares his habit of killing off Santa and Greg shares how he ended up on Channel 4's The Big B...

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