Blind Recruitment. Claire Cuthbert - CEO, Evolve Trust

  
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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 par for the course, but what happened next wasn’t.

To her surprise, Claire progressed to the second round but when it came down to the last two, the ‘manel’ told her that, while she was a great candidate, “We believe the local mining community would be more aligned to a male figurehead than a female one”.

Now, Claire is the CEO of The Evolve Trust and winning national awards for school governance.

This week we learn how her own experience of sexism has informed how she recruits teachers. And how she gives her team the time and space to look beyond their MAT, and even beyond education, to design processes to ensure they get the people and the culture right.

(Natalie Elliott (SLT & English Lead), Claire Cuthbert (CEO), Dawn Pare (Operations and Marketing Lead)


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Every episode, I curate the practical strategies and solutions to the challenges guests face so you can learn from them.

In next week’s newsletter Claire shares:

  1. Her favourite piece of research

  2. The book that’s had the biggest impact on her career

  3. The Evolve Trust’s gender pay gap report

  4. Their blind recruitment policy

  5. Their culture deck

  6. The reading list that has helped them create their culture

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What are you up to? #3

We Are In Beta Community News: events, training, blogs, books, pods, jobs, awards and resources

Rather than talk about THAT article and THOSE comments by Sir Andrew Carter about flexible working, I want to dedicate this Community News round up to teacher, listener and subscriber - Judy Baird.

We met recently after she tweeted about the first ever episode of WeAreInBeta featuring Rob Carpenter - CEO, Inspire Partnership.

We joked about our total confusion as to why anyone would start anything - Netflix series, podcasts or otherwise - from anywhere but the beginning.

I then set her a challenge that, if I’m honest, I didn’t think she’d accept.

I also offered a prize I only dreamed someone would claim one day.

To my surprise and delight, she accepted!

Not only did she accept, she bossed the challenge.

Here’s her final tweet:

I’m truly humbled, honoured and impressed, Judy. Thank you. So. Much. 🙏

Oh, about the prize, Judy… roll on series 2?!


What you are up to—positivity and growth from the We Are In Beta community

If you’re a new subscriber, the We Are In Beta Community News is my way of saying thank you to everyone who subscribes, listens and shares the podcast by sharing the positive and helpful stuff you’re up to.

This is what you’ve been up to recently…


Events and training

Lindsay Patience (part 1) and Lucy Rose are offering free CPD for teachers and leaders looking for work more flexibly hosted by Reach Academy Feltham. Tuesday 7th Jan 2020. Catch up on their podcast here.

James Pope invites you to the 10th Annual Whole Education conference. 29th January 2020. Tickets almost gone.

Gareth Moorwood and Elly Chapple are speaking at the Barking and Dagenham School Improvement SEND Conference: A Vision for Creative, Strategic Leadership of Inclusion. 11th December 2019.

Gareth is also explaining how young people with ADHD need not experience very poor outcomes through effective joint working. Friday 24th January 2020.

Kiran Gill and Reuben Moore will be answering the question: “Do new solutions need new leaders?” At the one of the Big Education Dialogues. 11the December 2019.

Will Smith is hosting a morning with like-minded educational leaders, inspirational speakers, and great coffee + cake talking about: changing the conversations; coaching teachers, metacognition, reading 2.0, creating inevitable success; the new schools set up. Sir David Carter will be there too.

Vivienne Porritt (part 1) is seeking contributions along the themes EachForEqual and EthicalLeadership to the WomenEd London Unconference by 12th December. Tickets here. 7th March 2020.

Ed Finch brings pints and pedagogy to the people with #BrewEd - learn more if you want to run an event.

Laura Knight (part 1) is also looking for interesting new speakers for a new BrewEd event specifically in North London in the Spring, especially those who have a great story to share and perhaps haven’t yet done so. As is the #weareinbeta podcast. Get in touch with us both :)

Kim Reuter and Georgia Brown have opened a second training day for their FranklinFellows - a teacher mentoring programme in the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area. Deadline to apply: December 31st 2019.

They also have 3 spots left on their Buddies & Bundles programme in Hackney and Tower Hamlets - a peer support intervention using illustrated stories and group games.

Jennifer Byrne invites you to join her to discuss all things parenting, CPD and teaching over a hot drink and cake at her MTPT Kent Coffee Morning. 9th December 2019.

Eleanor Bernades asks: “If anyone else would like to understand more about Alternative Provision and how our MAT works get in touch. We’re always keen to share our work and look at how we can partner with other people.”

Clare Fletcher is running a programme ‘Evaluating the impact of your primary curriculum. impact curriculum’ . Dates December January March and May to choose from.

Hywel Roberts supports individuals, teams and organisations at every level, from one to one therapy to innovative learning experiences, from international school leader conferences to cutting-edge educational discourse.

Penny Rabiger (part 1) is offering free CPD - ‘Enrich your curriculum and excite your students with Lyfta's global learning platform’. 9th December.

Mark Finnis offers training, consultancy and support to schools in their understanding of restorative practice including proactive and responsive skills, with a practical framework, including a range of formal and informal strategies.

Ed Finch and Pran Patel - after they had a conversation with some amazing teachers and educators, they thought a Christmas get together just seemed like a great idea. 14th December.

Steve Hoey and Rachel Bostwick are strengthening the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system.

To read and listen

Andrew Lifford invites you to “Catch up with our Policy Insights Election Special” where he explore the differences between education pledges from the main political parties.

Vivienne Porritt (part 2) is giving you an opportunity to sleigh this Christmas with 20% off WomenEd’s ‘#10%Braver’ book with the code XMAS25.

The book features two We Are In Beta guests Chris Hilldrew and Claire Cuthbert. Claire’s episode on sexism and recruitment comes out this Sunday. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify now.

Emma Turner shares why she thinks the narrative around school leadership needs to change in her new book - Be More Toddler. Released just this week and CPD events are already being run to discuss the content! 28th January 2020. Tickets here.

Jeremy Hannay has started his latest blog series- Building a Happy School. Catch up with his WeAreInBeta podcast here.

Verity Cane asks: ‘How can research be used in a bottom-up way to empower teachers to develop their craft and enhance their professional judgement?’ in her recent blog.

Chris Hilldrew - future We Are In Beta podcast guest - is pleased around 70% of 15-year-olds in the UK now self-report that they have a growth mindset, compared to an OECD average of 63%. Read his book ‘Becoming a Growth Mindset School’. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify now.

Kat Howard offers advice to anyone looking to negotiate flexible working. She has also put together this excellent infographic to help your wellbeing.

Vic Goddard explains why he does the best job in the world in his book.

Tim O’Brien’s research and writing spans coaching, psychology, wellbeing, special education, learning difficulties, working with football clubs, the DfE, schools and more. Check out his fascinating profile page.

Bukky Yusuf reminds us that when there a lot of things that are out of our control, there is plenty that’s within our control. Read her Teacher 5aday blog.

Phil Naylor explores Bukky’s work on last week’s Naylors Natter Podcast.

Kristian Still shared exerts from his ILM Coaching and Mentoring Unit.

Jon Hutchinson writes about he and Reach Feltham colleagues took a long, hard, research-based look at their curriculum.

Penny Rabiger (part 2) reviews her favourite education podcasts. The Start Up Series is phenomenal. Catch up with her review of We Are In Beta here.

Jo Facer reads all the books. She reviews ‘Radical Candour’ and shares her thoughts on leaders’ responsibilities, what can go wrong and how to avoid it.

Jonny Walker writes about a recent writing retreat he ran for students and how the relationship between the academic and the therapeutic bound the retreat together.

Dan Morrow has been tackling pupil anxiety by investing in school dogs.

Recognition and awards

Alex Bell’s Youth Voice - a coaching programme & global platform for young people without reliable online connectivity but with a voice and message the world needs to hear has won won a global award. Congratulations! Learn more about his school leadership coaching in Jeremy Hannay’s interview here.

Laura Knight (part 2) and Lindsay Patience (part 2) have been shortlisted for the i25 Innovation award, for leading on digital wellbeing and digital learning and promoting flexible working respectively. Congratulations!

Jobs

Ed Vainker - Exec. Head at Reach Academy - is recruiting some terrific roles available across Primary and Secondary, teaching, specialist and leadership. Catch up with his episode here.

Laura Knight (part.3) - if you’re a school leader in the private sector looking to appoint someone to lead on digital and innovation, the word is she is looking for a new role ;) Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Claudie Combelas and Chloe Cawthorne run a great weekly jobs thread and are wondering if you’re looking to take your next leadership step - their NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH programmes can help.

Resources

BAMEed Network have put together an interactive and printable resources page on their website: advice for allies, a book list, event organisers’ toolkit.

Rachel Godwin runs a Tweetchat on Tuesdays 7-8pm for SENCOs/those interested in SEN and inclusion.

Jonny Uttley has produced The Education Alliance Workload Charter developed in partnership with branch secretaries of all major unions. “A culture of professional trust is at the heart of everything we want to do”.

Patrick Ottley O’Connor has weaved teacher5aday into North Liverpool Aademy’s Staff Family Christmas Party & Wellbeing Advent Calendar to prompt self-care and celebrate their yearlong staff approach to staff wellbeing.


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Thanks for reading.

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Speak soon,

@NiallAlcock


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Resources - 'Building Community and Connection'

Manny Botwe's: favourite source of research; essential book; service he couldn't do without; slides he uses to tell Tytherington School's story; and his TEDx Talk

If you’re a new subscriber or haven’t listened to the latest #WeAreInBeta Podcast, learn how Manny Botwe and his team reversed trends of poor results, falling roll, huge staff turnover and financial deficit at Tytherington School in Macclesfield by...

...creating a sense of connection and community.

What’s in store today?

  • What you’ve been saying about the latest episode.

  • The essential resources that have come up via Manny’s story at the bottom of the post.

What have people been saying?

Check out Manny’s story

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The best ‘In Beta’ bits

As promised last week, and with a big thank you to Manny, here are the resources that have come up via his story and some others, which have influenced his journey significantly (and his thoughts about them):

  1. Favourite research…

    “Anything from the EEF. They have done so much to simplify academic research so that it can be digested and applied by schools and teachers. They ask thought-provoking questions and continually gets the profession to reflect on what will really make a difference to young people's learning. Excellent stuff.”

    Education Endowment Foundation here.

  2. The book...

    “…that has had the greatest impact on me as a Head is Bill Walsh's ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself’. I'm not really into American Football. So I was initially sceptical about what I could take from a book written by one of football's greatest ever coaches. Boy was I wrong! A terrific insight into how to create a winning and successful culture in an organisation.”

    Read it here.

  3. The one service..

    “…I could not live without is Twitter. A simple an easy way to find out about news, views and CPD. A great resource when used carefully!”

  4. Manny’s Headteacher's Notes…

    …which have been critical to the way he has obsessed about culture to build connection and links with the local community, can be found on the Tythrington School website here.

  5. Two presentations…

    …that give you an insight into his leadership and Tytherington’s story. You’ll learn about some of the strategies that we couldn’t include in the episode for e.g. ‘inventing traditions’ like taking whole school photos and obsessing about culture:

  6. His TED X Talk…

    …where he explains why “we believe that young people are so much more than the numbers and letters at the end of their name”.

    Watch ‘How to change a community by asking one simple question’ here.

(Found on Manny’s office wall, which is also covered in some of the most incredible student artwork)


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Thanks for playing your part in making education the place we all know it can be.

Speak soon,

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Community and Connection. Manny Botwe - Headteacher Tytherington School

  
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The countdown to Christmas begins. But before you put on that Christmas megamix on repeat, listen to this week’s We Are In Beta podcast!

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 got into trouble, he was there to have an important conversation with him. A conversation that had a profound effect on him and shaped the leader he is today.

Now, as the Headteacher of Tytherington School in Macclesfield, he remembers the impact taking interest in students as whole - beyond their academic performance - can have.

 This week we learn how Manny Botwe has reversed trends of poor results, falling roll, huge staff turnover and financial deficit by...

...creating a sense of connection and community.

We also learn how an event makes Manny completely reconsider Tytherington’s role in the community and his role as a leader altogether.

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(Manny’s family in Ghana before moving to the UK. A photo that holds real significance to the way he builds community and connection at Tytherington)

The best ‘In Beta’ bits

Every episode, I curate the practical strategies and solutions to the challenges guests face so you can learn from them too.

In next week’s newsletter Manny shares:

  1. His go to source of educational research

  2. The book that’s had the biggest impact on his career to date and why

  3. The one service he couldn’t live without

  4. The strategy that’s at the heart of the way he builds community

  5. Slides he shares with parents at Parents’ Evening

  6. His TEDx Talk

If like learning by picking up ideas from others hit the button below to get the resources from this (and every other episode) direct to your inbox.

Thanks for reading.

Thanks for playing your part in making education the place we all know it can be.

Speak soon,

@NiallAlcock


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Resources: 'Unconditional Positive Regard'

Dave Whitaker's and Luke Mitchell's essential research, policies, books and training providers

If you’re a new subscriber or haven’t listened to the latest We Are In Beta Podcast, learn why treating students with unconditional positive regard can be so impactful and what it looks like in practice here.

What’s in store today?


What have people been saying?

More Tweets at the bottom of this post.


Check out Deb’s, Dave’s and Luke’s story

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The best ‘In Beta’ bits

If you’ve listened to this week’s episode - Luke’s masterclass in particular - it won’t surprise you that the list of learning resources attached to this episode is a rich one!

As promised last week, and with a big thank you to Dave and Luke, here are the resources they mentioned in their episode and some others, which have influenced their journeys significantly (and their thoughts about them):

  1. Research and theory

Dave: “We work to a concept of unconditional positive regard, which comes from the work of Carl Rogers. So it comes from a therapeutic and psychotherapy background. But the way I describe it is: the way you would be with your own kids; you love them unconditionally but you’re not necessarily soft on them.”

Read a summary of the research here.

This TEDxRedondoBeach Talk: ‘The power of self acceptance’ from the US, charts a parent’s powerful journey of self discovery about how to support challenging behaviour using unconditional positive regard.

Watch it here.

  1. Policies and practice

  • Wellspring Behaviour Policy

In the episode Dave talks about playing the '‘long game”. It’s not just talk. It’s enshrined in their school Behaviour Policy, which also outlines the specific interventions they run:

“At Springwell Learning Community our aim is to support pupils in deep behavioural changes over time. This may take several years. In order to make the changes, an enquiry approach to behaviour is essential.”

Read the Behaviour Policy here.

  • Wellspring SEND Policy

The episode would not have been as popular as it has been without Deborah Firat’s input. Her story of how she got her son Zach, who has autism, into Springwell with the help of the staff there is reflected in Wellspring Academy Trust’s SEND Policy, which has an entire section dedicated to working with parents.

Read the SEND policy here.

  • The ‘no punishment’ system

Luke Mitchell put this incredible decision tree together for:

“When people ask me....... what do you use instead of punishments?”

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  1. Books

Inside I'm Hurting: Practical Strategies for Supporting Children with Attachment Difficulties in Schools.

What About Me?: Inclusive Strategies to Support Pupils with Attachment Difficulties Make it Through the School Day.

Settling Troubled Pupils to Learn: Why Relationships Matter in School.

Attachment Aware School Series: Box Set of 5 Pocket Books.

…all by Louise Bomber.

Dr Andrew Curran - The Little Book of Big Stuff about the Brain: The True Story of Your Amazing Brain (The Independent Thinking Series).

Bruce Perry - The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, 3rd Edition: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing.

Stephen Porges - The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe.

Bessel van der Kolk - The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma.

  1. Training and models

Luke recommended so many training providers and models that have been fundamental to his development from TA, 12 years ago, to Head of Behaviour Support at Wellspring Academy Trust. Here’s a selection:

  • Theraplay

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge.

Learn more about Theraplay here.

Find the 130+ UK based Theraplay practitioners here.

  • Neurosequential Model

The Neurosequential Model is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children. The Neurosequential Model is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention; it is a way to organise a child’s history and current functioning.

The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists and related professionals best meet the needs of the child.

Learn more about the Neurosequential Model here.

  • Touch Base

Attachment Aware and Trauma Responsive (AATR) interventions for children, families and schools, which is underpinned by the theories of child development, attachment, intersubjectivity and neuroscience.

Learn more about Touch Base here.

  • The Attachment Lead Network

Here you will find information on what attachment is, what attachment aware schools are and most importantly, profiles of the key education staff in the UK already trained up in advocacy and good practice, supporting pupils with attachment difficulties to settle to learn.

Learn more The Attachment Lead Network here.

  • Mark Finnis & L30 Relational Systems

L30 offers training, consultancy and support to schools by providing participants with an understanding of restorative practice including proactive and responsive skills, with a practical framework, including a range of formal and informal strategies.

Learn more about Mark Finnis and Relational Systems here.

  • Positive Regard Teaching School

Positive Regard, led by Springwell Special Academy, specialises in offering bespoke Behaviour Support that is delivered by a team of active practitioners.

The team aims to bring a true understanding of meeting children’s needs to the forefront of school improvement. They have a suite of programmes that can be adapted to suit all needs over extended periods of time and offer highly focused specialist advice and guidance.

Learn more about Positive Regard Teaching School here.


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Thanks for reading ALL of this. Worth it, though. What a set a of resources! (Thanks again, Luke and Dave).

Thanks for playing your part in making education the place we all know it can be.

Speak soon,

@NiallAlcock


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