John Murphy: Leading on personal development
“Emotional support from teachers is critical - every moment, conversation, lesson counts with children. How teachers respond can shape a child for life.”
In this episode of The Educators we’re joined by John Murphy, CEO of Oasis Community Learning, the fourth biggest academy chain in the UK, who reveals how formative moments in your childhood can shape your future - and how taking a different approach can transform the experiences of the most vulnerable young people.
How can our education system ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their passions and flourish? John shares how he’s focused on personal development across all Oasis’s schools to give every student a chance to succeed.
Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE: Investing in the future
“Because we’re going to need all the best, amazing, imaginative people in the future, it is the right investment for education to equal up, not level down.”
In this episode we’re joined by Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE, who shares what he believes needs to change to sufficiently prepare young people for the future. Why is it so important for society to really invest in education for all? Drawing on his impressive track record in education, Lord Hastings explores how we should be approaching education in an ever-changing world and ensure that every young person, whatever their background, has the opportunity to succeed.
Dr Susan James Relly: Building skills for life
“If I were to redesign the education system, I'd definitely bring in more vocational aspects to it, more play for young people and time for imaginations to run wild, try to develop a curriculum that was less assessment focused, more focused on being able to just be.”
In this episode we’re joined by Dr Susan James Relly, Director of the Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance research centre at the University of Oxford, who reveals the power of surrounding yourself with people who inspire and encourage you to ‘be better’. With a government target of half of students entering higher education, how do we prepare young people to succeed in their profession, whatever path they choose? With a clear focus on the importance of vocational skills, Susan discusses the value of practical learning and how role models can help young people reconsider what they are capable of.
Brett Wigdortz OBE: Bridging the educational divide
“The children who succeed are the ones lucky enough to have family support, proper education and, to some extent, privilege. The rest are not so lucky.”
In this episode, Brett Wigdortz OBE, Founder of Teach First UK and non-executive chair of the National Citizen Service reveals why he’s passionate about ensuring the education system provides opportunities for all. What can we do to ensure that every young person receives the education they need to unleash their own excellence and be successful in life? Drawing on his experiences of visiting over hundreds of schools in the past 20 years, Brett discusses the importance of giving young people responsibility and shares why he believes we should put as much power as possible in educators.