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In this episode Fin and Jane discuss equity. Coherence, progression, assessment, teaching and learning - it’s all about equity. But it is particularly important at the moment with the introduction of Curriculum for Wales - how do we ensure equi
As we fast approach the September deadline for Curriculum for Wales implementation, Jane and Fin ask: “Are we nearly there yet?” They discuss what the looming deadline means for the profession and how individuals have been affected by it - in t
In this episode, Fin and Jane are joined by special guest Dr Hayley Lewis to discuss teacher wellbeing and resilience. Hayley is a chartered psychologist, consultant, coach and teacher.  Hayley’s links:  Website: https://halopsychology.com/  L
Covid-19 has had a catastrophic effect on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of teachers, leaders and support staff across Wales.  In this episode, Jane and Fin discuss the wellbeing crisis in education and look at some of the potential
In this super-sized episode Fin and Jane take a look at a slew of recent education-related news and announcements in Wales, including two written statements, a blog, a podcast interview and various news stories.  Here are links to some of the i
In this episode Fin and Jane look at how schools can make assessment in Curriculum for Wales work - how it can make a difference for pupils and support progress.  Subscribe to ImpactPlus today: www.impact.wales/impactplus  Hosts: Finola Wilso
The Welsh Government has published a new resource setting out what schools have to do for September with regard to Curriculum for Wales.  In this episode Fin and Jane discuss the resource, what it means for teachers and schools and why language
Are we all facing lethal levels of cognitive overload? Has multitasking and over-working become the new pandemic? In other words, are we all frogs in pots of slowly boiling water, oblivious to the danger?  This week Jane and Fin discuss the inc
Bruce Robertson is rector of Berwickshire High School and author of The Teaching Delusion trilogy of books.  He joins Fin and Jane to discuss what makes high quality teaching and learning, as well as the work they are doing together.  Subscribe
The National Network is a Welsh Government initiative to help teachers introduce Curriculum for Wales, through sharing ideas and discussing ways of overcoming difficulties. So, what have these conversations involved, and what ideas have come up
week Fin and Jane are discussing three big pieces of news about Welsh education:  - Measures to close the disadvantage gap  - A new online resource for professional learning  - Estyn’s report into LA and consortia support to schools for CfW Su
In this episode Jane and Fin discuss a trend for the type of support being offered for Curriculum for Wales.  How is the curriculum being implemented? Is it too Anglicised?  Subscribe to ImpactPlus today: www.impact.wales/impactplus Hosts: Fi
In this episode Fin and Jane look at some of the unanswered questions around Curriculum for Wales and try to think about what the solutions might be. Subscribe to ImpactPlus today: www.impact.wales/impactplus Hosts: Finola Wilson and Jane Mil
Why is using research to inform what teachers do in the classroom so important?  In this episode Jane and Fin discuss research-informed education.  They look at what’s already happening, what expectations are put on teachers and what schools co
In this episode Fin and Jane are joined by Ian Timbrell, deputy headteacher at Cwmbach Community Primary School in Aberdare and self-confessed “grammar geek”.  They discuss what the research says about the importance of grammar as well as his o
In this episode Fin and Jane are joined by Ceri Richmond, deputy headteacher at Morriston Comprehensive School in Swansea.  They discuss how Impact Wales worked on a professional learning project with staff to help them understand and improve p
Do teachers feel ready for September 2022? The implementation of Curriculum for Wales represents a fundamental change for the education system in Wales, but with 20 weeks to go there are still serious concerns.  What’s more, a survey commission
In the classroom, questioning is used to elicit answers, to find out how much learning has taken place. But what is the purpose of questioning in professional learning for teachers? In this episode Fin and Jane question the role of asking ques
A Guardian report on a study into phonics has reignited the debate about approaches to reading in the early years. Jane and Fin welcome back special guest Rob Randel to discuss the controversy - is the focus on phonics “failing children”? Rob i
The Welsh Government has published a new document setting out changes to assessment in Curriculum for Wales. In this episode Jane and Fin break down the changes and explain what they will mean for teachers. Read the blog discussed in this epi
Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times (to quote Charles Dickens) will depend on how you are experiencing the pandemic. For many teachers in Wales, facing an uncertain few weeks and the implementation of an entirely new curriculu
The spring term is about to start, amid much uncertainty around the impact of the Omicron variant on schools, teachers and pupils. With big decisions to be made about how this situation is managed, Fin and Jane discuss the importance of statist
In the final podcast of 2021, Fin and Jane discuss a range of topics, from extending the school day to the risks posed by the Omicron variant of coronavirus to the difficulties of being female in education. Education Policy Institute evidence
Motivating students and getting them to pay attention in class is a struggle known to every teacher. In this episode, Fin and Jane speak to Harry Fletcher-Wood, a teacher, researcher and teacher educator. Harry has written a book about how teac
The Welsh Government has published a new national resource for evaluation and improvement. Jane and Fin take an in-depth look at the resource and how it will change the culture around accountability. To view the resource discussed in this epi
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