What are you up to? #6

We Are In Beta Community News: events, drinks, CPD, jobs, press, reads, pods, a platform & connection.

Hello everyone,

The sad news yesterday about yet another high profile suicide amid a bombardment of mainstream negativity is a timely reminder that we need to focus on what’s good and do more of it.

That’s why I do the We Are In Beta Community News - finding and sharing what you lovely subscribers, listeners, guests and partners are up to make a difference. I love learning about your work. I hope sharing it helps.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their news. If you haven’t shared it before, you can do it here anytime.


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A story of connection

If you’re one of the flurry of new subscribers who joined after the last edition, the chances are you haven’t listened to how Sue Plant - Head of School at John Taylor Free School - is building a school from the ground up with flexible working in mind.

Or how Claire Cuthbert - CEO at the Evolve Trust - used difficulties in her past to design blind recruitment processes and implement ‘Reading Days’ to give her team the time and space to look to other sectors for answers to education’s questions.

And you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this.

Well, this week, after they listened to each others’ We Are In Beta stories, they decided to meet face to face to discuss leadership and culture at their schools.

I cannot tell you how much joy that gives me. That their stories made a such a deep connection that they are now supporting each other is awesome! Can’t wait to find out how it went.


We Are In Beta Community News

While we’re working on Series 3, like last time, I’ve curated a bunch of great stuff you’re up to. To thank you for being a part of this journey. To fuel growth and connect people throughout the community.

This week you’ve served up:

  • 9 events

  • 3 chances to talk shop over a drink

  • 4 CPD opportunities

  • 20+ job opportunities

  • a press mention

  • 3 good reads

  • 3 pods

  • 1 service that’s transforming teaching

  • 3 chances to be kind / connect


Events not to be missed 📅

Sara Gaines and Dame Sue John are busy organising the Challenge Partners 2020 Annual Conference…

…Keynotes from Baroness Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Matthew Syed and 25 carousels and workshops on subjects including: Embedding therapy provision through multi-agency working (Special); Breaking the cycle of disadvantage (Secondary); Nurture Provision (Primary); Curriculum (Cross-phase); Mental health; RSE. Tickets here. 27th February.

Rachel Bostwick is running ‘Better professional conversations; enhancing education one conversation at a time’. 23rd June. Jonny Uttley and Hywel Roberts will be speaking at the event.

Anni Poole invites you to come and spend a weekend away to awaken to your wellbeing, light heartedness and your inner joy. 24th May.

Jonny Bailey is presenting at London Grid for Learning ‘Let’s Get Digital Curriculum Conference’. 23rd April.

Will Mackintosh has planned, and invites you to the Teach First Heads Forward School Leadership Summit. We Are In Beta guests Ed Vainker and Elroy Cahill will be speaking too. 7th March. £30. Catch up on their We Are In Beta Interviews here.

Hannah Wilson and Patrick Ottley O’Connor are organising ‘Go Where You Are Celebrated- DiverseEd North’. North Liverpool Academy. 13th June.

Rachel Tomlinson and Patrick Ottley O’Connor are speaking about creating a culture of staff wellbeing. Manchester 25th March. Catch up on Patrick’s We Are In Beta story here.

Claire Stafford is organising the Transform Trust Leadership Summit with keynotes from Steve Radcliffe - Leadership Coach, Author and Creator of the FED approach, Mike Barker - Transformation Director, Ministry of Defence and Yvonne Pawlin - Welsh Government, Integrating FED. 13th March.

Claire Stafford also invites you to Transform TSA’s School Direct Primary Experience Day. 25th March.

Pedagogy and pints 🍻

Sarah Mullin is speaking at BrewEd at The Goodness Brewery in North London. 14th March. Join her and everyone from From Admin to Teaching Support, Teachers to School Leaders - there are many voices within schools.

Kathryn Morgan, Sajid Gulzar and Kat Howard are presenting at BrewEdSolihull. April 25th. Tickets here.

Cassie Young is hosting pints and pedagogy at BrewEd1066. 13th June.

Professional development 👩‍🏫

Lucy Rose and Lindsay East invite you to their CPD for Headteachers who are interested in exploring the benefits and overcoming the barriers to flexible working in their school context. 12th March 2020.

John Camp and the Compass Partnership offer a range of CPD for TAs, NQTs, subject teachers and leaders in Greenwich.

Lisa Fathers is calling Senior Leaders who lead CPD/ Teaching & Learning. Alliance for Learning TSA are running a full day on effective leadership of CPD. 3rd June. £190. Book here.

Dr Muna Abdi offers organisations looking for bespoke, research-informed training and development on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.


Jobs👩‍💼

Aziza Ajak is recruiting for a lead teacher for RE and Subject Lead of History at Goresbrook School in Barking. I recommend her blog to find out more about her leadership.

Evelyn Forde is recruiting for an IT Technician, Pastoral Administrator, Examination Invigilators and a Teaching Assistant at Copthall School. Join her here. Catch up on here We Are In Beta Interview here.

Dan Morrow and the Woodland Academy Trust have launched their new recruitment pages with an innovative Talent Pool feature.

Stephen Chamberlaine is recruiting a headteacher at Hillside Primary School and Nursery. Supportive team, fully funded Masters Degree and scope for moving towards and beyond Exec. Headship on offer.

Kat Howard is on the look out for Regional Advocates to represent Lit Drive in their counties.

Science 🔬

Elroy Cahill is recruiting for a passionate Science teacher and Director of Science, who’s interested in working at a school with centralised behaviour systems, a hard working and supportive science team, hands on and proactive SLT and polite and well behaved students.

Gemma Penny is recruiting at Woodlands Derby and would love to hear from scientists keen to grow the generation. Get in touch with her to arrange a visit.

Ben Layzell is recruiting for Science and Design Tech teachers at Atherton Community School. DM him for details and tours.

Maths 📊

Sue Plant is recruiting for Maths teacher to join her team at John Taylor Free School at Easter. Flexibility baked in to the application process. Deadline Monday 24th February. Catch up on her We Are In Beta story here.

Anne Cobbles is recruiting Maths teachers at Noel Baker Academy where that "Friday feeling" means the head and deputy at your door serving tea and coffee.

Will Mackintosh is recruiting for, amongst other roles, a KS3 Maths lead, Head of Drama, Deputy Head of Science at Ark John Keats.

Kat Howard is helping recruit a teacher of Maths with recruitment & retention allowance), English, Vice Principal (Head of Primary) at The Duston School Northants.


In the press 📰

Jon Hutchinson picks his top education blogs of the week: teaching writing, ranking schools, structuring curriculum and powerful knowledge for leaders.

To read 🔖

Angie Browne has put together this free workbook to help with difficult conversations.

Dr Emma Kell has written about ‘Meeting the needs of all of our learners’ offering 7 ideas on inclusion.

Kat Howard suggests there are 4 things we need to do to achieve ‘Autonomy in all the right places’.

Newsletters ✉️

Sue Plant invites you to sign up to the Staffordshire Research School newsletter where you can access the latest guidance reports, guest blogs and training events. The latest issue has a free training voucher.

Pat and Sarah Fielding run the Nottingham Schools Trust ‘Heads Up!’ newsletter. If you’re Nottingham based subscribe for support, resources, network meetings and more.

To listen👂

Cathal Lynch discusses his experiences of establishing & leading a school for pupils with SEMH needs.

Phil Naylor talks to Chris Moyes about growing great teachers.

Sir John Rowling asks, 'What does professionalism mean to you?’, in the latest We Are In Beta production for PiXL.

Transforming teaching 👨‍🏫

Josh Goodrich is helping teachers and coaches accurately and quickly select the highest-impact action steps, resulting in a powerful effect on the quality of teaching and learning.

Be kind / connect…❤️

Muna Abdi and volunteers have set up a community-led parent's advocacy group to support parents of children at risk of exclusion Parent Advocacy Group. Help them reach their £5000 target.

Will Smith would like to hear from groups of schools and MATs who are A** on attendance. Get in touch to share your insight.

Allan Glover is leading behaviour across Star Academies. He’s always on the hunt to make himself more effective. Connect with him here.


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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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What are you up to? #5

We Are In Beta Community News: events, press, blogs, pods, news, impact, CPD, coaching, kindness and more

Hello listeners and subscribers,

This week’s been about following up on all the story nominations and submissions for We Are In Beta Series 3 and starting work on a couple of new projects that I can’t reveal anything about yet but hope to be able to soon. Watch this space.

Thank you everyone who shared last week’s Community News. And welcome to all you new subscribers, who joined us after reading it. It’s such a pleasure seeing this list of educators grow and grow.

Do let me know what you think of it and how I can improve it.


We Are In Beta Community News

While we’re working on Series 3, like last week, I’ve curated a bunch of great stuff you’re up to. To thank you for being a part of this journey. To fuel some growth and connect everyone in the community.

Thank you to everyone who submitted your news.

We Are In Beta guests, listeners, subscribers and partners are up to some great things. Check them out below.

This week you’ve served up:

  • 3 huge congratulations

  • 8 education events

  • 3 press mentions

  • 3 blogs

  • 2 podcasts

  • 1 newsletter

  • 7 jobs

  • 2 organisations that help school understand data and make a greater impact

  • 2 professional development opportunities

  • 2 coaching programmes

  • 4 student intervention programmes

  • 2 chances for you to be really kind

  • £15,000 in prize money.

But first…

A quick humble brag 🗣️

Penny Rabiger has featured PiXL Pearls (a We Are In Beta Production) in Penny’s Podcasts of the Week. Thank you, Penny!

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School performance congratulations 🙌

Izzy Ambrose’s Yate Academy is among the top 50 schools in the country for Progress 8 and among the top 150 most improved schools. Congratulations, Izzy, staff, students and families.

Jenny Thompson’s Dixon’s Trinity Academy is 3rd nationally for performance on Progress 8. Congratulations everyone involved.

Barnaby Lenon and his staff and students at London Academy of Excellence are celebrating the best A-Level results in east London for the fifth year in a row.

Events not to be missed 📅

Will Mackintosh has planned, and invites you to the Teach First Heads Forward School Leadership Summit. We Are In Beta guests Ed Vainker and Elroy Cahill will be speaking too. 7th March. £30. Catch up on their We Are In Beta Interviews here.

Bridget Clay is speaking at Adam Bones’ Be Bold Network CPD series - ‘Improvements that stick: implementing evidence-informed strategies in schools and classrooms’. Thursday 6th Feb. Tickets here.

Joe Ambrose and Will Smith invite you to an Oliver Caviglioli Dual Coding Workshop at Yate Academy. 26th Feb. Tickets here.

Arv Kaushal is organising LutonEd - Hopes and Dreams for a New Decade: An Inclusive Future for Education.

Bukky Yusuf and Evelyn Forde are speaking. Tuesday 4th February 2020. Tickets here.

Antonia Spinks and the Pioneer Education Trust are running ‘Pioneer Presents’ - a series of keynotes to invest in educators. 23rd March 2020. Tickets here.

Bukky Yusuf, Ann Cobbles, Kat Howard, Cath Murray, Bennie Kara, Caroline Spalding and Mark Lehain are all presenting at Educating Lincs. 8th February. Line up and tickets here. £13.52.

Nav Sanghara, Caroline Barlow, Vic Goddard, Stephen Tierney, James Eldon, Dave Whitaker and Raj Unsworth - members of Head Teachers Round Table - invite you to the 2020 Summit: The Strength To Lead - The Profession’s Roaring 20s. Friday 7th February.

Claire Stafford considers who leadership starts with at the Transform TSA ‘My Best Talks’. Tickets here.

In the press 📰

Kiran Gill has been featured in the Evening Standard: The Excluded: One woman’s crusade to tackle school exclusions.

Jeremy Hannay has been profiled in Schools Week speaking on beating scepticism and building a culture of trust. Catch up on his We Are In Beta interview here.

To read 🔖

Rachel Tomlinson shares ‘Rounded & Grounded’, the skills that underpin the Curriculum at Barrowford Primary School, Lancs.

Helen Ralston explains how she implemented explicit vocabulary instruction in her school in granular detail.

Jonny Uttley writes about: Ethical Leadership: I Like It. What Is It?

To listen👂

Jack Worth is a guest on Phil Naylor’s Podcast Naylor’s Natter discussing the latest NfER research on teacher autonomy.

Newsletters ✉️

Chris Fielding runs the SEMH newsletter for the Bolton Impact Trust. In the latest edition he featured Dave Whitaker’s and Luke Mitchell’s We Are In Beta episode ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’.

Jobs👩‍💼

James Eldon is recruiting for an Assistant Vice Principal – Pastoral at Manchester Academy. Closing date Thursday 6th Feb.

Lucy Stephens is opening, and recruiting teachers for, her new democratic school - The New School - in Croydon.

Isabel Farchy is on the look out for an Education Trustee at Creative Mentor Network to make the creative world of work more diverse and inclusive through mentoring.

Alan Blount is proudly promoting diversity, equality and flexibility. He’s seeking a PE Teacher or HoD PE (maternity) to join their PE team. Get in touch for an informal conversation.

Serdar Ferit and Penny Rabiger are looking for a Head of Marketing at Lyfta, who teach Global Citizenship with immersive human stories.

Professor Damian Page is recruiting for a Course Director for Digital Pedagogies Leeds Beckett University – Carnegie School of Education.

Stephen Chamberlain has been appointed CEO at The Active Learning Trust. Congratulations!

Services for schools - data and impact 📈

Graeme Duncan and Right to Succeed bring together the professionals driving improvement in education to build on and grow the great work being done to improve outcomes for young people.

Their Reach Programme exists to help schools meet the complex needs of pupils identified as at risk of exclusion.

Matthew Lees, Angharad Thomas and East Learning help schools discover what is working and understand why, and help share and scale best practice across local, regional and national levels.

Matthew was a particularly kind to me recently helping plan a project. So thank you, Matthew.

Professional development 👩‍🏫

Claire Cuthbert is committed to providing exceptional learning opportunities and has a range of pathways for each stage of your career at the Evolve Trust. Catch up on her We Are In Beta interview here.

Ali Wade and Thinking Matters support school leaders and train teaching staff who want to develop whole school approaches to the teaching of thinking. Check out Thinking Matters or go and say hello at The Head Teachers Round Table Summit, where they’ll be exhibiting.

Coaching 💭

Katherine Powell - former Ambition Institute Executive Leadership Facilitator is offering leadership consultancy and executive coaching. Connect with her on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

Jean Ramsey is working with CCOT and Education Development Trust on their Accelerate programme. She offers a confidential, tailored coaching service that aims to build on the strengths of individual clients and organisations.

Student intervention programmes 🏫

Louisa Searle has designed First Give - a fully-resourced secondary school programme that gets an entire year group of students engaging in social action.

Gregg Sanderson and Sam Evans run Smart Schools Council which gives schools an easy way to involve every pupil in decision-making, social action and developing key skills for life.

Sarah Mohammad from Creative Mentor Network delivers a one to one 16 week mentoring scheme for 16-25 year olds with partners across the creative industries

Sarah Pengelly offers an empowering whole-school, whole-child, wellbeing programme that has been developed to help children aged 4-11 build positive relationships, become aware of their behaviour in the context of values and choices and develop a greater sense of who they are. Check out The Big Think.

Be kind to…❤️

Penny Rabiger has joined REDers, who’re challenging themselves to get active every day to raise money for Mind - the mental health charity. Donate here to help her hit her £1000 target.

Muna Abdi is working on a project she can't share much about right now, but she’s looking for people of African descent, who would be willing to share some childhood stories with her.

Win a life changing prize 💰

Gina Cicerone and Siwan Davies from the Fair Education Alliance have three awards going for organisations tackling educational disadvantage by delivering an intervention that contributes to the FEA’s key priorities: world class teachers and leaders; a system that develops the whole child; and support for all post-16 routes.

Prizes include business support, residentials, masterclasses and £15,000. Apply here.


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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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What are you up to? #4

We Are In Beta Community (sad) News: 17 events/training, 10 blogs, 3 pods, 6 books, lots of jobs

Hello everyone!

I’ve been doing a fair amount of asking lately. I’ve been asking you to nominate colleagues with inspiring stories to tell on Series 3 of the podcast and asking which of these challenges you’ve tackled in your school.

But today is about giving back. The podcast would not have grown like it has without our guests being on it and without you sharing it. As always, thank you 🙏.

If you’re a new subscriber, I run a (slightly less regular than I’d like) Community News Section - like today - celebrating what our guests, listeners, subscribers and partners are up to.

If you want to know more about getting involved in Series 3 of the podcast, excellent! Head to the bottom of this post.

So here it is…

We Are In Beta Community News

I hope you find something useful. But first I’d like to reflect on some incredibly sad news that you may well have already heard.

Sir John Rowling, Founder of PiXL, has sadly passed away. The comments under this tweet are the most heart warming celebration of an incredible educationalist.

It’s been a huge honour in recent weeks for We Are In Beta to produce the PiXL Pearls Podcast to ensure his voice lives on.

Listen to him discuss ‘Two key questions’, which are all the more poignant in light of his passing.

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Events and training

Will Mackintosh has planned and invites you to the Teach First Heads Forward School Leadership Summit. We Are In Beta guests Ed Vainker and Elroy Cahill will be speaking too. 7th March. £30.

Rob Carpenter and Mary Myatt are contributing to Curriculum Coherence Seminar: Exploring the Principles of Effective Curriculum Design at Learn AT Teaching School. £995. 13th Feb. Enrol here.

Marie Gentles and Katie L’Aimable have launched Magic Behaviour Management. They’re running Behaviour As Communication training in February. Book here. Catch up on their We Are In Beta episode here.

Mary has places available for her ‘Curriculum Conversations’ in Ipswich, Newcastle and Brighton in Jan and Feb. Tickets here.

Lisa Fathers has 3 places left on the AFL Teaching School Advanced Safeguarding Training. 31st January.

Nav Sanghara, Vic Goddard and Stephen Tierney - members of HeadTeachers’ Roundtable - will be at the Summit 2020. 7th February. Tickets here.

Emma Turner invites you to ‘Be More Toddler’ at her practical and humorous CPD event based on her book at Sir Jonathan North Teaching School. 28th Jan. £30. Tickets here.

Diana Osagie asks: “How do you establish yourself as a leader?'“ in her Video Toolkit for leaders. She’s also published a book.

Kat Howard invites you to join her at the MTPT Project Leicester Spring Coffee Morning. Wed 19th Feb 10am.

Kat is speaking at #REdRugby both as part of the leadership strand and debate panel. 16th May. Tickets here.

Kat is very busy at the moment - she invites to the launch of her new book ‘Stop Talking About Wellbeing’. 22nd Feb. £10-20. Tickets here.

James Pope will speaking at Pioneer Presents, 23rd March. Tickets here. £32.54.

James is also running Heads Up 2 - for Headteachers - aspiring, current and former. 28th March. Tickets here.

Rachel Bostwick invites you to be part of ‘Developing a whole school approach to LGBTQ+ Inclusion workshop. 6th March. More here.

Karen Giles and Nadine Bernard discussed: ‘Is vulnerability the new hero leadership?’ at the Big Education Dialogues. More dates on the horizon.

Evelyn Forde is speaking at Women Empowerment Summit 2020. 20th February 2020. Tickets here. Catch up on her We Are In Beta interview here.

Professor Paul Miller is facilitating on the Excellence Leadership Programme. Apply for the 2020 cohort.

Services to help your school

Dr Muna Abdi brings voices of the community around schools into research. She offers coaching, co-led research and workshops to change practice.

She also wrote an incredible 1400 blog about the last episode of Series ‘White Ally’.

Dennis Simms, former Head and Co-Chair of Teach First’s Headteachers Network is looking for schools to be involved in a fascinating research project about how emotions affect behaviour in schools.

He also offers coaching and consultancy to schools with a specialism in alternative provision.

Baasit Siddiqui delivers national workshops for KS2 & 3 pupil premium students.

Jobs

Patrick Ottley O’Connor is recruiting for a number of roles including Vice Principal, Lead Practitioner, Subject Leader and teaching roles at North Liverpool Academy. Catch up on his We Are In Beta episode here.

Will Smith is looking for an Executive Head of Shared Services, among several other roles at Greenshaw Learning Trust. Closing date 3rd February.

James Heale invites you to join him working across Tower Hamlets schools. Apply to be Director of Secondary Education and Partnerships. 11th Feb Deadline £80,000.

Holly Power is helping one of her flexible friendly schools, Hammersmith Academy, host a careers fair. 6th Feb. Tickets here.

Sue Plant is hosting a staff recruitment event at John Taylor Free School. Sat 1st Feb. Register here. Catch up on her We Are In Beta story here.

Ed Vainker is recruiting for a number of roles at Reach Academy Feltham including SENDCo, Maths Teacher, AHT (Primary), AGT (Secondary), HoYear, 2i/c Maths & 2i/c Science, Primary, Maths, English, Science, Psychology and H&SC teaching.

Awards

Ed Vainker also picked up an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Congrats. Catch up on his We Are In Beta interview here.

Blogs and pods

Raj Unsworth writes about what she wanted to see in in 2019. What does it look like now a year on? She also features on this ‘10 must follow Twitter accounts for school governors’. Follow her here.

Rob Carpenter has just got back from an ASCL trip to Apple HQ in California. He discusses questions about the purpose of education and the role accountability plays in defining priorities. ‘A Tale of Two Ideologies: Our Gutenberg Moment’. Cath up on his We Are In Beta interview here.

Caroline Barlow’s staff at Heathfield Community College share how they work with English to deepen knowledge in History.

Jon Hutchinson lays out the three best arguments against a knowledge rich curriculum. And why he thinks they’re wrong.

Pran Patel asks: ‘What is Privilege?’ in his piece for Ambition Institute. Catch up on his We Are In Beta episode here.

Lucy Flower writes this heartfelt piece about being ‘just a teacher’ and leading without a title.

Mark Enser explores solutions to a familiar problem: “pupils need to cover the content of the specification. However, the specification doesn’t itself give us a curriculum, as it doesn’t allow pupils to make wider progress in the subject”

Stephen Tierney tackles a similar question: is it time to stop shallowing the curriculum?

Tom Rees explores a different perspective on school leadership in 2020.

Dr Emma Kell has launched the Em & Clem Podcast for teachers, made by teachers, which doesn't sound like a pedagogy INSET!

Some Twitter

Angie Brown hits the nail on the head with this thread about how we should conduct ourselves as educators on Twitter.

Bukky Yusuf is looking out for us Science teachers. Check out this Periodic Table of Science Education Tweeters.

Shonagh Armstrong has set up BAMEed East Mids. Connect here.

Sarah Mullin is calling for authors to submit 500 words for a new book - a collection of narratives about your experiences in the classroom. Top tips, advice, reflections, laugh out loud anecdotes, the disasters, the sad times, the little wins.

Newsletters and research

Hannah Wilson has some updates for you via the Oxfordshire Women Leaders Newsletter: International Women’s Day, Dinner Club and more. Catch up on her We Are In Beta interview here.

Professor Damian Page is making Carnegie School of Education - Leeds Beckett University - research as accessible as possible. They’ve created a new series of open access research summaries. The first one from him: ‘Family engagement in Alternative Provision’.

Books

Paul Dix offers effective tips and strategies that serve to end the search for change in children and turn the focus back on the adults in his book ‘When The Adults Change, Everything Changes’.

Zoe Elder explores how educators in all settings construct the ideal conditions for effective learners to grow and develop in her book - Full On Learning.

Anni Poole has written a guide for choosing a stress free life. Minimum effort, maximum gain - aimed at teachers and case workers.

Want to share your news?

Let me know here. I’ll include it next time and tweet if I can.


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Thanks for reading.

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

Speak soon,

@NiallAlcock


Get involved in We Are In Beta Series 3

Nominate an inspiring colleague with an incredible story to tell about how they tackled a specific challenge in their school.

Nominate someone

Submit your own story about how you tackled a specific challenge in schools because you’d like others to learn from it.

Tell us your story

Learn more about why your story is worth telling, why we want to tell it and what helps us do it justice here.

You can also see some examples of stories we are looking for here.

We’ve had lots of submissions already and we’re only collecting them for Series 3 for just one more week. So get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.


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Which of these challenges have you tackled in schools?

Submit or nominate stories by Sunday 26th Jan 2020

Last weekend I posted to say we’re collecting and working on stories for Series 3 of the We Are In Beta podcast - out in the spring.

Thank you everyone who’s shared such incredible stories already. It means a huge amount to us be trusted to tell them.

If you’re a new to We Are In Beta and a serving school leader or teacher, who has a story to tell about an issue below, or know somebody who has, find out more about the why, the how and the what of We Are In Beta Series 3.



We’re proud to give schools the platform they deserve. To share the work they do. So others can learn from them. We always want the podcast to be community driven. Both in terms of what we discuss and who our guests are.

So, I want to ask you…

Which of these questions resonate with you or a colleague you know?

  • Gone through an Ofsted inspection you want others to learn from?

  • Introduced a no marking policy?

  • Rebuilt your curriculum & centralised planning?

  • Transformed outcomes via a reading programme? Or a numeracy programme? Oracy programme?

  • Led a school from inadequate to outstanding?

  • Really decreased workload?

  • Become truly research/evidence informed?

  • Changed attitudes to and appetite for CPD?

  • Transformed T&L?

  • Run an innovative exams season?

  • Turned around school finances?

  • Been through it all to win significant amounts of funding?

  • Designed a system to manage online bullying?

  • Looked again at how you teach sex & relationships?

  • Taken a preventative approach & worked with authorities and police around youth violence?

  • Done special things with safeguarding? And pastoral provision?

  • Focused on supporting students with specific aspect of SEND?

  • Delivered on your inclusion, diversity & representation promise?

  • Worked with parents & community differently to achieve something special?

  • Battled personal circumstances with the full support of your school?

  • Tackled difficult professional conversations & relationships?

  • Been on a coaching journey?

  • Designed your SLT meetings in a truly unique way to tackle high priorities?

  • Invested in staff surveys to serve staff better?

  • Thought differently about the way you recruit?

  • Mastered the interview process?

  • Changed careers to become a teacher?

  • Use ed-tech successfully?

  • Led a school that gets criticism from the education community?

  • Started a brand new school?

  • Dismantled the stereotype of the struggling coastal / rural school?

  • Become a headteacher too soon?

  • Learned how to be a MAT CEO before anybody knew what a CEO was?

  • Been a better 2nd generation CEO because pioneers before you forged a path?

  • Been involved in a school takeover / MAT acquisition?

  • Grown a teaching school alliance to financial sustainability and significant impact?

  • Worked with another school on a big project?

  • Prioritised the arts?

  • Brought in school dogs to help students?

  • Made impactful school trips happen on a limited budget?

Another issue we’ve missed out that you’d like to hear or talk about?

These are just some ideas. Let us know if you have others.

Who tackled it? How was it done?

Let us know by 26th January 2020 - Sunday evening.

1) If you want to nominate someone you think has a great story that everyone should hear, hit the button below so we can reach out to them and let them know you’ve nominated them.

Nominate someone

2) If you have a personal story you want others to learn from hit this button to submit it.

Tell us your story

We’ve had a lot of nominations already and these buttons really help us manage them all in one place.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us understand them. It really does help.


Shape our future

Something we haven’t done well enough in the past is involve you in the direction of what we produce.

To do better, we’re also building a team of the most engaged listeners and subscribers, who’ve found the podcast useful. A group to shape the direction of future episodes. And, with any luck, the education conversation.

Join us

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

Speak soon,

@NiallAlcock


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Tell us your stories

Nominate someone, or submit your own story, to be a guest on the We Are In Beta Podcast - Series 3

Series 2 of the We Are In Beta podcast came to a close just before Christmas. It was a blast to make! I can’t thank you enough for listening and sharing it. If you’re new to the podcast catch up on previous episodes here.

We want to hear your stories

We’re working on Series 3 - out in the spring - and we want to get you involved.

We’ve recorded some great stories you submitted and nominated. But we have some slots left.

So we’re on the look out for stories. Personal, practical and positive stories.

(Hannah Wilson at the WomenEd West Midlands careers event (Image credit: @TheHopefulHT)


Why?

We don’t celebrate the positive stuff in schools enough. Or take time to reflect on our growth. Nor do we share it widely enough with the community.

We are proud to give schools a voice. So we can all learn from them.

We - the education community - Are In Beta - always learning.

Who from?

Things that would make a story perfect for us are:

  • The person telling the story is school-based. Currently, actively working in a school at any level or school governorship.

  • They are creating or working towards positive change.

  • If other people can share their perspectives from their place in the story.

Your story is worth telling

You might think your story isn’t worth telling. But it is.

Your submissions and nominations help us find and share all kinds of unexpected and great practice. They help us understand how to best tell them. And a great story pitch helps us understand the motivations of everyone involved.

We want to hear your story if:

  • It has interesting and specific ‘why’ and something happens around a particular topic or project. A topic that would interest others.

  • You like telling it, your colleagues and friends enjoy hearing it and because you’d like others to learn from it.

  • You have favourite moments and different scenes in the story. Let us know them. Tell us anything you think will help us understand what a great story it is. The people involved. Ups and downs. Twists and turns.

  • There are practical takeaways or a realisation for you or other people in the story.

  • People - teachers, leaders, governors, parents, policy makers - can learn something from it and take action.

Stories we’d like to hear about

We are looking for stories on all kinds of topics that help schools learn from each other.

Check out this tweet thread to see some ideas we had. Feel free to add your suggestions. We want to learn what’s important to you.

You can also see the story ideas we are looking at here.

Some resources to help you

📝 A great example of a submission is what Co-Headteacher Lisa Farmer sent us before we recorded her ‘Two Heads Are Better Than One’ story. Yours doesn’t have to be anywhere near as long of course.

🎧 Have a listen to ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’ featuring some amazing people from Wellspring Academy Trust: parent governor - Deborah Firat; Director of Learning - Dave Whittaker; and Head of Behaviour Support - Luke Mitchell. It will give you a sense of what we’re looking for.

How to tell us your stories

Let us know what happened and who was involved in a page or so. For some stories, just a few paragraphs is fine.

You don't need to be formal about it. Just tell the story the way you'd tell it to someone over drinks or coffee.

1) If you want to nominate someone you think has a great story that everyone should hear, hit the button below so we can reach out to them and let them know you’ve nominated them.

Nominate someone

2) If you have a personal story you want others to learn from hit this button to submit it.

Tell us your story

How else can you help?

Do you know someone who has a large network who can share this call out? Perhaps you know someone who works at a Local Education Authority? A Multi Academy Trust? Or a large school network or national provider?

Help us spread the word to find excellent practice by sharing this post them.

Share

There is an untold amount knowledge hidden in schools and most people are so busy doing the things they’re great at that they don’t get to share it.

We want to find it and celebrate it.

Thanks for reading. We look forward to hearing and telling your stories on Series 3 of the podcast.

Thank you,

Best,

Niall


❤️️ Think giving schools a platform to celebrate the good stuff is important? Give us a cheer. Hit the ‘like’ button - either up top or down below. It also helps others discover We Are In Beta.

🆕  If you’re a new subscriber, thanks for joining us. Catch up on previous We Are In Beta interviews here.

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