Oct 27, 2019 • 30M

Call To Action: Going Phone Free. How to enact whole school behaviour change. Leann Swaine, Headteacher, East Barnet School

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This week…

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.

In this episode Leann tells us how she prepared her staff and students for the upcoming change.

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Whether you believe phones should be banned from schools or not, this is a fascinating case study of change.

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Since her interview Leann has kindly agreed to share:

  1. The slides she used to communicate the big change initiative to staff and students.

  2. The leadership model she uses to help plan any organisational change.

  3. Her favourite piece of educational research and why.

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

  5. The one service she couldn’t do without.

  6. More insight into EBS’s Robotics Department and the national award won recently by her colleague Steve Sadler. The ceremony was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

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Joe Treacy of the Chartered College of Teaching is offering a free CPD pack on curriculum design ready for a staff meeting. Just download.

Alexandros Ayeni runs range of bespoke courses and workshops support and facilitate the process of overcoming barriers to whole-person development.

Adam Bones is hosting a range of free twilight events with key educational thinkers and leaders at hi school. First up: Sam Sims on instructional coaching. Tuesday 29th October

Sarah Worth is asking some of the toughest questions of the profession at Included Teacher Conferences Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th November.

Naomi Ward offers a personal development courses in a group setting comprising of five 90 minute group coaching calls in the evening and support from a coach throughout.

BAMEed Network are running their 3rd birthday conference: Keeping Resolutions. Jan 18th 2020. Tickets here.

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