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Flourishing Education Podcast - Disrupting Education

Flourishing Education Podcast - Disrupting Education

By Fabienne Vailes
Do you have questions about our schooling and education system? Do you feel that something is not working but don't know where to start?
Then, you've come to the right place!

Welcome to these powerful imperfectly perfect conversations that shine the light on AMAZING INDIVIDUALS who are DISRUPTORS AND INNOVATORS in EDUCATION.
Together, we explore the question - how may we change the way we parent and educate our children and young people for all to flourish?

Not through ONE PATH nor ONE SIZE FITS ALL but ONE'S PATH to a fulfilled and happy life.

Are you ready? Let's get started...
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Episode 158 - We are not alone. Nature has given us everything we need with Maggie Favretti
This week I am delighted to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Maggie Favretti. Maggie is a Co-Design Thinker, an Award-winning Educator, Mentor, and Founder of Design Ed 4 Resilience  We discussed how we can design Education and Lifelong learning to cultivate belonging and shape collaborative community responses to climate change and other complex issues. Maggie told me about how to learn about and tap into the power of life found in nature, self and community so that we can learn how to CO-Create the world we want to live in. A truly beautiful and empowering conversation. I am sure you will love it too The book recommended by Maggie at the end of our conversation can be found here: All We Can Save
September 27, 2022
Episode 157 - A values driven life - how to consciously make decisions that matter to us with Alan Williams
I am delighted to share a conversation with Alan Williams, Director of ServiceBrand Global. This is round 2 as I spoke to Alan last year and I will be completely honest, this conversation over the summer was absolutely life altering for me. In this episode Alan explains what a values driven life: it really means consciously making choices and decisions and behaving in line with what we understand is important to us. Instead of just reacting and responding to the environment around us, we become clearer about what was is important to you. And the starting point is is the question, what is important to me? So what are my values?  I am sure you will love this conversation as much as I did. Link to the book by David Bohm - Wholeness and the Implicate Order Video of Dancing Guy - How To Start A Movement - Leadership Lessons From Dancing Guy
September 18, 2022
Episode 156 - Personal and societal transformation through the seven levels of consciousness with Richard Barrett
Today I am extremely excited to be sharing this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Richard Barrett. Richard is Managing Director of Barrett Academy for the Advancement of Human Values. Richard shares his breakthrough work - the Barrett Model. Inspired by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and tested over more than two decades of real-world experience with thousands of organizations, the model identifies the seven areas that comprise human motivations. These range from basic survival at one end, to service and concern for future generations at the other. In this episode Richard explains how as parents we can take a values-based approach and provide personal and societal transformation through self-expression. We teach our children and young people to fully self-express, connect and contribute.  Richard added that we should never ever sacrifice our self-expression because it is about exploring your gifts and talents. Connection is about self expression. And contribution is about service. To explore and download the handbooks Richard mentions in the podcast - visit Humanity Awareness Initiative
September 13, 2022
Episode 155 - Looking at our education system through an ecosystemic lens with Max Girardeau
I am delighted to share this new episode with the wonderful Max Girardeau who is Director and co-founder of The Visionaries. In round 2 of our conversation, we talk about the work Max, Adrian and Nikki do. In this imperfectly perfect episode, Max shares their guiding inquiry: how to support regenerative leadership to emerge both in young people and in educators, and those working in the systems of education. So what do Max and his co-founders mean by looking at our education system through an ecosystemic lens? So let's make this episode, the reference conversation to spark some thinking and ideas for those that are looking to take that kind of approach but know that the way that we're doing things currently isn't serving The book mentioned by Max at the end of the podcast is: Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home by Toko-pa Turner
September 05, 2022
Episode 154 - The WISR Conceptuall Framework - How to question the power dynamics that are all around us with Charlotte Hankin and Benjamin Freud
Today I am beyond excited to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with two trailblazers in education Charlotte Hankin and Benjamin Freud. I absolutely love the work that Charlotte and Benjamin are doing with Coconut Thinking to disrupt the way we educate and parent our children and young people in order to help individuals and organizations create, develop, stress test, and implement their ideas for sustainability and regenerative design. I wanted to talk to them in particular about their WISR conceptual framework developed with Louka Parry, Education Futurist for the purpose spreading "awareness and action" on Regeneration. Some other important website relevant to the conversation to check out: WISR The Learning Future The books Charlotte and Benjamin mentioned at the end of the podcast are: Jeremy Lent Web of Meaning Fritjof Capra Web of Life 
August 29, 2022
Episode 153 - The Future of learning & Work with Craig Vezina
With over two decades of experience at the forefront of international education, Craig Vezina is the founder & President of the Z-17 Collective (formerly ZSchool: The International School of Social Entrepreneurship) & co-founder of The Spaceship Academy. We talk about what it means to empower people to discover and find out their meaning or purpose so that they don't feel at the mercy of bigger powers. How do people find their meaning and be part of something substantive, forward thinking and real? The book Craig recommends at the end of the podcast can be found here: Guns, Germs and Steel 
August 23, 2022
Episode 152 - The Agile Mind with Jessica Cavallaro and Roslynn Jackson
Today I return from a truly invigorating 4 week-break and I am delighted to start again with a powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with the wonderful Jessica Cavallaro and Roslynn Jackson who are both based in Florida. They are both educators, innovators and change makers in education. In this episode, they share how they both discovered Agile as a solution to keep their students connected, collaborating and creating while distance learning and it transformed their pedagogy. If you are interested in innovative ways to approach your teaching, this is the podcast for you! Enjoy! Here are the links to connect with them: Website:  Teachers Lounge:  Email addresses:
August 17, 2022
Episode 151 - What are the questions that drive what you do as a parent and human being with Gary Heidt?
Why are things the way the are? And how can we make them better? These are two of the questions that Gary asks himself every day and that he shared with me during this powerful imperfectly perfect new conversation on the podcast. We also talked about flourishing at the individual and organisational, community and societal level and Gary's own journey as an educator and father over the last 30 years. Here are some of the information Gary shared with us. Books and other Readings that been formative for him: Awakening Genius in the Classroom by Thomas Armstrong “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings” by William James “Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education”, by William Cronon The Path to Purpose by William Damon A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger Von Oech The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman (as well as the documentary video here) Other readings: Anything on the RENVISIONED Medium site created by Prof. Erin Raab Anything on Monte Syrie’s “Project 180” blog. Anything on the “Teachers Going Gradeless” website maintained by Arthur Chirarivalli and Aaron Blackwelder. Anything done by Chris McNutt and Nick Covington for the Human Restoration Project. Gary's own blogs/websites: Only Connect (Personal musings, mostly on education, design, design thinking, creativity, etc. NOVA Lab (a site for a class I co-create with students.  It is based on self-determined, purpose-based learning) Connect with Gary on social media: Twitter--@Ed_by_design Instagram -- @pvnovalab Youtube -- Garreth Heidt
July 16, 2022
Episode 150 - Self-care is serving others with Max Girardeau
I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Max Girardeau from The Visionaries. Max and I talk about his amazing work and vision - how do we help create nurturing school communities and to support young people into healthy adulthood. We also discuss the importance of self-care so that we can care for the planet and serve others. I loved every minute of it. I am sure you will too! Here are some of the references that Max mentioned in our conversation and said he would share with us too: Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft Bill Plotkin, Wild Mind Steven Foster & Meridith Little, The Book of The Vision Quest Frederic LaLoux, Reinventing Organisations Richard Louv, Nature DEficit Disorder Toko-Pa Turner, Belonging
June 27, 2022
Episode 149 - Putting life and vitality at the centre of everything to thrive in the individual and collective with Jenny Finn
I am delighted to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with the wonderful Jenny Finn who is the Founder of Springhouse. Jenny and I talk about how we can create conditions for vitality to thrive in the individual and collective. What happens when an intergenerational learning community work towards a vision of regenerative culture where all people are connected to the vitality within themselves, their community, and the Earth? Listen to find out more
June 21, 2022
Episode 148 - The A to Z of values with Uncle Sele
I am delighted to share this new episode with Uncle Sele - Founder, Trees and Pillars Online school for Values, character and Child mentoring.  Uncle Sele is a Values and Character Coach  Model and Mentor to Children. We discussed what values are and why they are important and what the role of parents and adults are. I am sure you will enjoy this conversation - I know I did!
June 14, 2022
Episode 147 - How to become a modern wayfinder with Dr Elizabeth Lindsey
In this episode I share the wonderful work of Dr Elizabeth Lindsey, Nat Geo Explorer and UN Visionary. Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is a global strategic advisor and the first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society. Her keen insights are helping to reshape Western perspectives on global leadership. Her commitment to conserving traditional knowledge and wisdom is critical for the complexity of these times. Elizabeth applies this intelligence to help leaders and organizations navigate today’s challenges. A must listen to! 
May 31, 2022
Episode 146 - A magical parenting journey through magical conversations with Dr Pauline Crawford
This week I am delighted to share my conversation with Dr Pauline Crawford - The conversation maker We talk about her work and how we can activate conscious leadership, lead authentic success, elevate performance through Magical Conversations. We also discuss how to expand relationship potential between #Men&Women #AuthenticHarmony#AuthenticPower You can watch the video: Bears and Birds -Tale of Two Cities - Who's in Charge? here:
May 23, 2022
Episode 145 - How to bring about change in education for ALL to flourish? Dr Benjamin Freud
I am delighted to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Dr Benjamin Freud - co founder of Coconut Thinking, which is a website where we post articles and have a podcast. They are trying to get people together to have conversations about how we can move beyond the system of education that we have today.  Benjamin explains that revolutions by definitions don't happen at the core, because the system doesn't want to kill itself. So the revolutions have been on the fringe. He explains the mechanistic versus the living systems approach and how they determine how approach to nature. We are not beings, we are becomings. A fascinating conversation about how we can bring about change and what we can do from an individual perspective so ALL can flourish.
May 19, 2022
Episode 144 - Unlocking purpose, preference and persistence through stories of amazing people with Dr Charles Margerison
I am delighted to share this conversation with Dr Charles Margerison, Founder of Amazing People Schools, a chartered psychologist and member of the Royal Institution. He has been researching the lives of Amazing People for over 20 years.  I talked to Charles about how by sharing these stories we can unlock the amazing potential of every student through their award-winning, whole-school approach to character and well-being. A fascinating imperfectly perfect conversation!
May 10, 2022
Episode 143 - peace of mind and contentment through the wisdom within with Christa Campsall
I am delighted to share another powerful imperfectly perfect conversation. This time with the wonderful Christa Campsall who is the Teacher and Author of "My Guide Inside: Knowing Myself and Understanding My World" K12 Curriculum.  Christa introduced the 3 principles by Sydney Banks and we discussed the importance of discovering the wisdom within and the fact that we all have an innate wellbeing. We also talked about the importance for our children, young people and ourselves to know ourselves and understand our world. #happyteachers #happylearners #myguideinside
May 01, 2022
Episode 142 - What does it mean to be a values-based school, institution or organisation? with Dr Neil Hawkes
I am delighted to share this fantastic interview with Neil (Dr Values) Hawkes who is Founder of Values-based Education VbE Neil and I had such a powerful and magical conversation about what it means to be a values-based school, institution or organisation and why it is important if we want to reach true quality education. A must listen to!
April 25, 2022
Episode 141 - Own your learning... own your life with Stephanie Sewell
In this episode, I share my powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with the wonderful Stephanie Sewell who is Independent Education Coach and Consultant | Homeschooling and Unschooling Support | Speaker | Advocate for Children's Right to Individualized Education. Stephanie told me how she helps: children and teens to look at their education through a new lens - a lens of ownership. Owning their learning allows young people to build engagement, happiness and confidence in all aspects of life parents to see their kids, and their kids' learning, through this lens too. This allows parents to fully support their child’s educational journey. We then discussed the impact on the children and teens, the parents and the families as a whole. A truly magical conversation that I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did!
April 21, 2022
Episode 140 - The Future of Smart with Ulcca Joshi Hansen
In this amazing episode, I speak with Ulcca Joshi Hansen - author of The Future of Smart: How our education systems needs to change to help all young people thrive and Chief Program Officer at Grantmakers for Education. In our conversation Ulcca told me how we all have our sphere of influence. Education belongs to all of us. Young people grow into the adults who shape the world. And so education is all of our responsibility. We can all ask ourselves: what is my sphere of influence in this?  She added that it is an intentional choice. We're at a moment where we have no choice but to make a shift. It's both big and small. We have to do this and we can do it if each of us is really intentional about our sphere of influence and doing the small things we can do every day and collectively. You can check out Ulcca's work on her website Educating Potential
April 18, 2022
Episode 139 - Re-imagining education, learning and work with Joanna Merrett
I am delighted to share this sensational conversation with Joanna Merrett who is a Home Education Researcher,  Early Years Professional and an Elective Home Education Support Consultant. We have a conversation about her research on home education and how we stop thinking about school as being the only option and how we can re-imagine education, learning and work that works for us all as a family. We discuss the one-size fits all versus a personalized and individualized education.  I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did!
April 14, 2022
Episode 138 - The importance of developing self-awareness with Dr Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan
I am delighted to share this fantastic episode with Dr Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan who is a Lecturer in Human Movement Studies (Health and PE) and Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University, and International Consultant, Speaker, and Life Poet. Rachael shares her work and research and why she believes it is important to develop self-awareness as well as well as being kind - to oneself and to the young people in our care. I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did!
April 11, 2022
Episode 137 - A fulfilled today: the best chance of having a fulfilled tomorrow with Nicola Leyland
What happens when your child suffers a really serious brain injury and his changed and unable to attend school? In this wonderful episode, I talk with Nicola Leyland - a mother, a dog walker and home educator who is also a part-time student on the Msc in Mindfulness at Aberdeen University. In this conversation, Nicola and I share our passion for mindfulness - its link to autonomy and agency in education and the importance of living 'in the now' for our children and ourselves. I really recommend this episode! So powerful!
April 07, 2022
Episode 136 - Just don't be a lazy thinker with Shannon Ross
This is the second conversation I have with the wonderful Shannon Ross. He is Executive Director of The Community. Partner at Paradigm Shyft, Reentry Strategies and Consulting. Founding member of the Univ. of Reentry. Advisor for Sia Precision Education. Emotional IQ expert & jokester extraordinaire. Shannon shares his journey, what books have inspired him to change your mental models and how much we need to find ways to sustainably challenge ourselves. 
March 28, 2022
Episode 135 - You're enough - Trust yourself with PJ Jackson
Today I am so happy to share this amazing conversation with the fabulous PJ Jackson also known as the JoyOwl. PJ is a Soul Empowerment Coach who creates breakthroughs for high performers looking to level-up.  Author, influencer, difference maker, PJ brings a positive energy like no other, she is truly one-of-a-kind! A creative force that can influence change, PJ is making a difference, one moment at a time. Join PJ’s Inner Circle at PJ shares the stories behind her two books - The Labyrinth Influence: Awaken the Wisdom Within and Sophie G Wanderlin: One of a Kind In this episode PJ and I talk about #kindness, #wellbeing, #empowerment, #mindfulness, and #conciousliving
March 22, 2022
Episode 134 - Learning how to learn with Gavin Hepherd-Hall and Thomas Schecter
In this episode I have a wonderful conversation with Thomas Schecter co-founder of MuchSmarter and Gavin Hepherd-Hall, Managing Director of Much Smarter UK Ltd. They both explain how we can help frustrated, stressed-out young people learn how to learn and the 3 habits of thinking, feeling and learning.  Enjoy!
March 17, 2022
Episode 133 - Putting wellbeing and thriving at the heart of everything we do with Dr Peggy Kern
In this episode I am very lucky and privileged to speak to Dr Peggy Kern who is Associate Professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. You can check out Peggy's website here. Peggy and I talk about flourishing and thriving. We discuss who thrives in life, why, and what enhances or hinders healthy life trajectories. We also discuss the synergy between my research and her work and the question of individual, group/community and societal wellbeing. The Palgrave Handbook of Positive Education put together by Peggy that she mentions at the end of the call can be downloaded for free here 
March 10, 2022
Episode 132 - How to develop your own virtual leadership with Penny Pullan
Today I am delighted to be sharing this interview with the wonderful Penny Pullan who is an expert, speaker and author as well as a mentor and consultant in Virtual and Hybrid Leadership and Creative Collaboration. You can check out her website Making Projects work here. Penny will help you take projects from hard slog to creative collaboration. We talk about how to become good leaders and virtual leaders and Penny takes us through her model. We also discuss how leadership has changed and the model we need is a 'distributed leadership' which enables to facilitate a network of people. If you want to find out more, go and buy Penny's second edition of her book 'Virtual Leadership - Practical Strategies for Success with Remote or Hybrid Work and Teams.' it's officially out tomorrow:
March 02, 2022
Episode 131 - eduScrum - collaborations that give you wings with Willy Wijnands
Today I am delighted to share this wonderful conversation with Willy Wijnands who is the Creator & Founder of eduScrum® as well as co-founder of the worldwide initiative "Agile in education". As you will hear, Willy is a passionate chemistry and physics teacher on the Ashram College in Alphen aan den Rijn and Aikido teacher.  Willy shares about his journey and how he created eduscrum, we discuss the values underpinning it all and the fact that he gets pushback around students' agency and freedom to choose what they do. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
February 23, 2022
Episode 130 - Parenting when 25 is the new 18 with Dr John Cottone
I am delighted to be sharing this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Dr John Cottone. John is a Psychologist, Researcher, Clinical Assistant Professor and Columnist for Psychology Today We discussed so many topics: mental health versus mental ill-health and the 4 types of depression, the Tao Te Ching for parents, how best to support our young people when 25 is the new 18 and we need to adapt our expectations and consider that boys tend to lag behind in childhood. and finally why getting in a top university shouldn't be the end all and be all. LINKS: Article: What Today's Teens and Teslas Have in Common ----- Article: Why 25 Could Be the New 18 (1 of 2) Article: Why 25 Could Be the New 18 (2 of 2) Note: The first article talks about the phenomenon of extended brain development into the mid-20s; the second article offers recommendations for parents. ----- Article: Four Types of Depression ----- Ted Talk: Andrew Solomon - Depression: The Secret We ShareArticle: The Idea of Existential Depression----- ----- Ted Talk: Brene Brown - The Power of Vulnerability ----- The Tao Te Ching: Translated by Benjamin Hoff ----- Looking Beyond Ivy League Hype - The College Solution:
February 17, 2022
Episode 129 - Rethinking Assessment with Olly Newton
This week it's conversation two with the wonderful Olly Newton. If you haven't listened to our first conversation, you can check it out here: Episode 56. In this episode Olly and I talk about his recent work on Rethinking Assessment and you can read Olly's blog post I mention in our chat here. Olly and I talk about the importance of all coming together to push for change and the holistic element.
February 08, 2022
Episode 128 - Express yourself - love who you be and what you do with Hema Patel
This week I am delighted to share my powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Hema Patel on the importance to love who we be and what we do in order to express ourselves authentically. Hema is a Hypnotherapist and Coach who also delivers Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT). She supports rebellious growth seekers, like you, to LEVEL UP and ENJOY IT!!! She tells me how much she believes that self-love and self-expression are gateways to abundance.
February 04, 2022
Episode 127 - The power of autonomy with Dr Chris Bagley
This week I am delighted to share a conversation with Dr Chris Bagley about his amazing work as an educational psychologist whose core motivation is to co-develop psychologically healthy education systems alongside young people, families, professionals and creative thinkers. We talk about his research as part of his role as Director of Research at States of Mind, and how he is part of an innovative team of practitioners dedicated to gaining young people's insights about education and placing their voices at the centre of reform. A must listen to if you believe in the power of autonomy and in promoting reform by listening to young people.
January 27, 2022
Episode 126 - The process of self-actualisation with Bea Herbert
This podcast interview is another powerful imperfectly perfect conversation. This time with the wonderful Bea Herbert. Bea founded States of Mind in 2017, driven by a desire to create change in how our society speaks about and supports experiences of emotional distress. Bea is the Project Manager and Lead Facilitator at States of Mind. We talk about Bea's work - co-designing initiatives that promote young people’s wellbeing which draw on her training in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy. Such an inspirational chat. Take a listen!
January 19, 2022
Episode 125 - Inquire to self and empower yourself with Becky Carlzon
I am thrilled to be sharing this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with the wonderful Becky Carlzon. She is an Educator, enabler. Co-creator of Learning Pioneers, revolutionising Professional Learning. Nearly award-winning author, Powering Up Children. If you wonder what happens when two women who are passionate about education and change in education come together and have an in-depth conversation - take a listen! You can find Becky on Twitter @Beckycarlzon and Linkedin
January 12, 2022
Episode 124 - Empowering all young people to fulfil their potential with Dr Abide Zenenga
Today I am delighted to share this wonderful conversation with Dr Abide Zenenga who is the co-founder of Riverside Education and a Special Education Needs Consultant. I visited Abide and his team in October 2021 and I was so impressed by his work and his school settings. I think you will thoroughly enjoy this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with him.
January 06, 2022
Episode 123 - Why weren't we taught this at school? with Alice Sheldon
I am delighted to start the New Year by sharing this amazing conversation with the wonderful Alice Sheldon. She is the Founder of Needs Understanding. Alice's book recently came out - it's called 'Why weren't we taught this at school? - the surprisingly simple secret to transforming life's challenges'. We talk about 'being busy', life and how we can get all of our needs met. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am sure you will too!
January 03, 2022
Episode 122 - The importance of teachers' wellbeing with Florence Okwusogu
In our previous episode, we talked about the importance of our wellbeing as mothers. In this conversation, I talk with the wonderful Florence (Ukpabi) Okwusogu and we discuss the importance of teachers' wellbeing.  Florence empowers burnt out teachers to thrive by becoming the Boss of their Health, Happiness & Life. You can check out her website here: Aligned Flow. We cannot have a flourishing education and flourishing young people if their teachers and educators are unwell. Flourishing education = flourishing students and flourishing adults in their lives and that includes their teachers. Florence talks about her experience and shares tips and advice on how to look after our wellbeing as teachers/educators. Enjoy!
December 28, 2021
Episode 121 - Menopause - why our wellbeing as mothers matters more than we realise with Dr Dani Hristova
This week I am delighted to share this powerful conversation with Dr Dani Hristova about a very important topic which is often ignored and certainly not discussed enough (in my humble opinion) and which can clearly affect our wellbeing and health as mothers (and as a result the rest of the family): menopause. Dani is a Senior Clinical Physician and Medical Advisor with a deep interest in Women's Health. She is an expert trainer, mentor and clinical trial specialist. In this podcast she shares why it's important to seek professional help early and the potential impact of menopause in our lives now and for the future. Listen here!
December 21, 2021
Episode 120 - Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future of education we want with Rob Hopkins
In this episode, I talk to the wonderful Rob Hopkins - Rob is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want. Rob also hosts a podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘ which invites listeners to send in their “what if” questions and then explores how to make them a reality. In this podcast, we discuss what would happen if we reimagined education and if we unleashed the power of imagination to create the future of education we want. A very powerful chat indeed!
December 14, 2021
Episode 119 - What's the purpose of education? A values-driven approach with Alan Williams
In this episode I am delighted to be talking with Alan Williams, Director of ServiceBrand Global Ltd. We use the values' lense to look at the word 'education' and we discuss the question: 'what's the purpose of education'? A deep dive into the meaning of these word and the importance of going beyond surface level assumptions.
December 07, 2021
Episode 118 - The teacher gamer revolution with Zach Reznichek
In this episode I am delighted to follow up the two powerful episodes with Rosina Dorelli with a powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Zach Reznichek, Co-Founder at Da Vinci Life-Skills | Author of Teacher-Gamer Handbook. We talk about the Da Vinci Life Skills pilot in Bali but also about Zach's work and his book - the Teacher Gamer Handbook and how Role-Playing Games in Schools helps build literacy, bolster confidence and ignite imaginations.  Enjoy!
November 30, 2021
Episode 117 - Da Vinci Life Skills showcasing a model for the future of education with Rosina Dorelli - Part II
I am delighted to be sharing Part I of this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Rosina Dorelli, Founder/Director at Da Vinci Life-Skills, Design Technology & Art teacher and Homerton Changemaker Ambassador. In this second episode, we hear all about Rosina's specific plans with Da Vinci Life Skills which showcases a model for the future of education.  Enjoy!
November 23, 2021
Episode 116 - Da Vinci Life Skills showcasing a model for the future of education with Rosina Dorelli - Part I
I am delighted to be sharing Part I of this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Rosina Dorelli, Founder/Director at Da Vinci Life-Skills, Design Technology & Art teacher and Homerton Changemaker Ambassador. In this first episode, we hear all about Rosina's experience and what led her to create the Da Vinci Life Skills which showcases a model for the future of education. I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy this chat.
November 16, 2021
Episode 115 - Young people, imagination and creativity with Riyad Maroof Hassan
In this podcast interview I talk with Riyad Maroof Hassan Author, Youngest Writer of Assam, Talk Show Host. Founder - The Clippers & TCCCI & LOS Podcast Host - A Sketch Of The Sky. History & STEM Analyst,  Global Child Rights Ambassador, Poet, Singer, Essayist. Another powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with a young writer and author. We discussed about how young people can co-create with adults and the importance of imagination and creativity in education.
November 10, 2021
Episode 114 - A campaign for mental health awareness and change with Mike McCarthy
Today I share my conversation with Mike McCarthy. Mike is a Journalist, Media consultant. Campaigner for mental health awareness and change. I often say that all the people I speak to reshape who I am. This podcast is one of them. A real life changer which moved me to the core of my being. Listen to Mike who shares his story, the loss of their beautiful son Ross to suicide and his mission and campaign for mental health awareness and change so that we can have better mental health in the UK (and beyond).
November 02, 2021
Episode 113 - The power of rapport with Mike Gilmour
In this episode, I talk with Mike Gilmour who is Principal of Knightsbridge House International School in Singapore and Author of The Power of Rapport. Mike and I had such a heart-warming conversation about the importance of human connections and what little steps we can all take to bring more rapport in our lives in order to build positive relationships and a sense of belonging.
October 27, 2021
Episode 112 - How to practically re-ignite the inner-drive (or intrinsic motivation) in our lives with Sharath Jeevan
I am really excited to be sharing this conversation with the wonderful Sharath Jeevan. Sharath talks to us about his amazing book 'Intrinsic: A manifesto to re-ignite our inner-drive. I loved the book and I recommend it highly. I asked Sharath a lot of questions around intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic motivation and their implications in the field of education. You can find out more about Sharath's work on his web site Intrinsic-lab I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
October 19, 2021
Episode 111 - Metacognition in practice with Liz Keable
In this new episode, I talk with the wonderful Liz Keable and her amazing work as Teaching and Learning Specialist. We discuss metacognition in education and in practice as well as success, neuroscience and why it is important to think about our thinking. I loved this conversation and I am sure you will too.
October 13, 2021
Episode 110 - How to be free from anxiety with Zofie Lloyd-Kucia
I am delighted to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Zofie Lloyd-Kucia, Happiness Coach and Founder of Relax Me Happy. We discuss the importance of presence in our lives and what we can do to be free from anxiety.
October 07, 2021
Episode 109 - Cascades: How to create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change
I am delighted to share this conversation with Greg Satell who is best selling author of Mapping Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age as well as Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change. In this podcast Greg explains how creating true change is never easy. The status quo is, almost by definition, well entrenched and never gives up without a fight. Greg also explains how to truly change the world or even just your little corner of it, you don’t need a charismatic leader or a catchy slogan. What you need is a cascade: small groups that are loosely connected but united by a common purpose. It's a very powerful conversation and anybody who wants to see change in education will enjoy it tremendously. You can connect with Greg on Linked in as well as Twitter His websites are - Digitaltonto and
October 01, 2021
Episode 108 - Uniting for children and youth with Richard Fransham
I am super excited to be sharing this conversation with Richard Fransham.  Richard told me how early in his teaching career, he read “Education and Ecstasy” by George Leonard and that set him on a course to becoming a strong advocate for self-directed learning. He now focuses his advocacy on the mental health of young people, which has two core ingredients: social justice and self-determination. He explains how these ingredients form the basis to self-directed learning.  Richard has initiated The Youth Rights Day to provide youth and their supporters with the opportunity to show the power of their combined voices. You can find out more by checking Richard's website 
September 24, 2021
Episode 107 - How to empower young people to be the architect of their success with Gilda Scarfe
I am delighted to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Gilda Scarfe who is a researcher, keynote speaker, global consultant, and positive education and leadership expert. You can find out more about her work here - Positive Ed We talk about how we (parents, educators, leaders) can empower young people to be the architect of their success. Gilda shares her work around mental toughness, self-compassion, self acceptance and resilience. Enjoy!
September 20, 2021
Episode 106 - How to move and learn with Bryn Llewellyn
I am delighted to be sharing this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Bryn Llewellyn who is the founder of TAGTIV8 and Co-Director of Move & Learn. We discuss many topics and in particular how we need to incorporate movement into the daily lives of our children and young people (and ours) in order to develop critical thinking, curiosity and empathy. I would highly recommend that you also watch Bryn's TED Talk (with Andy Daly-Smith) on how physically active learning combines movement and learning and how initial research proves positive impacts on academic performance, classroom behavior and cognition.
September 13, 2021
Episode 105 - Be ready to challenge your thinking with Michael Stewart
In this episode, I speak with Michael Stewart, Founder of ESP thinking. Michael tells me about the ESP range of products are aimed at providing a new set of solutions to some of the major problems facing education. We know that more and more is being asked of our teachers and so Michael and his business are looking at as many ways of achieving this as possible.  This is not following trends, it is creating them.
September 07, 2021
Episode 104 - 'I give young people the chances that he never had with Charles Young
Advance warning! This episode is for adults only and contains a fair amount of swearing. In this episode, I share the very 'raw' & 'honest' conversation I had with Charles Young who created LACES - an educational programme which was developed by Charles in 1994. It offers educational and practical support to vulnerable young people of all ages.  Since 1994, Charles has spoken to thousands of young people on the subject of Drugs and alcohol and how a life of crime can affect individuals, their family and friends, and the victims. Charles' message is clear and simple "Don't Follow a criminal path as I did".
September 03, 2021
Episode 103 - Co-creating for a better future with Jenny Foster
I am delighted to be sharing the amazing work done by The Global Goals Centre, a UK based education charity creating exciting engaging experiences that inspire learning and action on climate and equality in our everyday lives. Jenny Foster, the Project Lead for the Global Goals Centre explains how they create their own projects and amplify the work of others, inspired by the UN Global Goals.
August 31, 2021
Episode 102 - Let's spark change in education with Jake Donziger
I am thrilled to be sharing another powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with a young man - Jake Donziger. We talk about his project Blaze and how Jake is trying to spark change in education through innovation. Enjoy!
August 27, 2021
Episode 101 - Let's empower young people with Praja Tickoo
In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with Praja Tickoo and we discuss his business Impact the Future, an organization dedicated to empowering students to problem-solve through the process of design thinking. We talk about the importance of empowering young people and giving them a voice and platform. A powerful conversation!
August 23, 2021
Episode 100 - What teachers, parents and young people can learn from Finland with Michael Lawrence
In this episode, I speak with Michael Lawrence, Veteran Teacher, Education and Music Writer about what we can learn from Finland in order to change the face of education and ensure that our young people truly become life long learners. We talk about Michael's book - Testing 3, 2, 1: What education can learn from Finland
August 20, 2021
Episode 99 - Reforming education one conversation at a time with May-Ling Thomas
I am so happy to share this conversation with May-Ling Thomas who is a home-educator and a coach. This is our third conversation as we have become very good friends and in this episode we ask (amongst many other things): - what would happen if we stopped viewing the situation in education from the lense of 'problem'? - Can we reform education one powerful conversation at a time?  May-Ling wanted me to clarify two things she said in the podcast - Nikki O'Rourke & Natasha Gossett created this great self-directed project called Curiouser & Co, but she referenced them as the idea holders of a kind of learning community that is actually just Nikki's. Nikki set up Curious Minds which is an existing Home Educating group in Raynes Park/Wimbledon.   The 2nd thing was the democratic school she mentioned was the East Kent Sudbury School. Kezia Cantwell-Wright set it up and wrote that article that said we should support existing projects if at all possible.  This is the article: Enjoy 
August 15, 2021
Episode 98 - Trust, equity and a shared language for learning with Steve Hall
I am delighted to share this fabulous imperfectly perfect conversation with Steve Hall who is Senior Lecturer in Education at Staffordshire University with an interest in community-led learning and a work-based, apprenticeship route into teaching. You can connect with Steve on Twitter. We discuss the importance of research-led change and why it's important, the concept of 'white space' for creativity and innovation and finally why trust, equity and a shared language for learning are vital.
August 09, 2021
Episode 97 - The link between flourishing, cross-cultural communication and cultural agility with Professor Paula Caligiuri
In this episode I talk with Professor Paula Caligiuri - we discuss her latest book 'build your cultural agility' and the link I have found between flourishing individuals and the fact that I believe they are culturally agile. You can find out more about Paula's work by checking her website Skiilify  Her guide to building cultural agility and the assessment can be found here myGiide
August 06, 2021
Episode 96 - Flying Squads - where Youth Rights take flight with Alex Khost
I am so happy to share this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Alex Khost. He talks about Flying Squads, the project he is currently working on. Alex is a father and Youth Rights advocate. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Tipping Points, the book and magazine publisher for the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, and founder of Voice of the Children, promoting and facilitating art and activism for young people. He works at the homeschooling coop, Brooklyn Apple Academy. A must listen-to if you are interested in Youth Rights! In the podcast, Alex also mentions the work done by Akilah Richards called Raising Free People
August 02, 2021
Episode 95 - Time to let our young people shine with Angela Karanja
This is an incredible conversation with Angela Karanja who is an Adolescent Psychologist & Parenting Teenagers Expert. In this episode, you will learn more about Angela and will discover how she can help you build strong bonds with your teenager based on honesty and trust, so that they actually wants to listen to you. You can connect with Angela here: Website: Raising Teenagers  Linkedin: Raising Teenagers Twitter @angelakaranja  Facebook @angelakaranja Facebook page @raisingremarkableteenagers  Instagram @raisingremarkableteenagers
July 30, 2021
Episode 94 - Coffee self-talk with Kristen Helmsetter
This episode was a real joy and pleasure to record. I was very lucky to chat with the wonderful Kristen Helmsetter, author of Coffee Self-Talk - 5 minutes a day to start living your magical life as well as romance novels under the pen name Brisa Starr. If you have heard of the importance our our mind chatter and inner dialogue and want to develop new and healthier habits, then this book (and this podcast conversation) is for you. You can follow Kristen on Instagram - Coffee Self Talk page and join her Facebook group
July 26, 2021
Episode 93 - Above and beyond Education with Alison Kriel
In this episode, I have a fascinating conversation with Alison Kriel who shares her experience as Head Teacher and CEO who has both turned around a failing school within a deprived area of London from the bottom 1% to the top 0.1% in 3 years and then sustained the success for a further 6 years. Alison also shares why she believes that school staff know their school best and why she has launched a professional platform where we can celebrate, connect, share and collaborate to make #EverySchoolAGreatSchool
July 23, 2021
Episode 92 - Find your 'play' with Brandi Heather
In this episode, I speak with Brandi Heather - Award-Winning Disability and Inclusion Educator, Consultant, Business Owner of Amped2play, Play Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and Canadian Best Selling Author of Return To Play: Rebuilding Resilience, Risk and Reconnection. You can also buy it if you are in France and Germany Brandi and I talk about how together, we build diverse and inclusive cultures. We also discuss the importance of play. Brandi's business was created as an answer to the critical need in business, health, and education for solutions to account for our loss of physical, cognitive, and social ability to adapt in times of change. This conversation was so empowering for me and I am delighted to be able to share it with you. Enjoy!
July 19, 2021
Episode 91 - Rethinking education with Dr James Mannion
In this episode, I speak with Dr James Mannion, Director, Rethinking Education. Specialists in research-informed school improvement and professional development. We discuss all the fantastic work James has been doing, including his Rethinking Education Mighty Network and Rethinking Education podcast. You can also join his Rethinking Education Facebook Group and Rethinking Education Campfire Conversations. His book Fear is the Mind Killer co-written with Kate McAllister is available on Amazon
July 16, 2021
Episode 90 - The Team as secure base model with Dr Laura Biggart
In this episode, I talk about Dr Laura Biggart, a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Research and Psychology in the School of Psychology and the Director of Enterprise and Extermal Relations for the School of Psychology. Laura is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. We talk about the difference between emotional intelligence and emotional resilience but we also explore Laura's work: The Team as Secure Base draws from social workers’ experiences and their articulation of what helps create trust as a foundation for effective teamworking. A fascinating conversation - I highly recommend it.
July 12, 2021
Episode 89 - Fear tells lies with David Anderson
This episode was so easy and fun to record - David Anderson or Pep the Poet. His mission is to ‘scatter sunshine one poem at a time.’ David is the easiest man to talk to and so humble. We talk about the books he has written:  poetry for children, but also for student teachers and educators. We also discuss fear and love and why fear tells lies. A must listen to!
July 08, 2021
Episode 88 - Heart-shaped decisions with Graham Frost
I am really delighted to be sharing this wonderful conversation with Graham Frost - a speaker who helps young people make better choices and heart-shaped decisions. In this wonderful episode Graham shares his own heart-shaped decisions which include leaving his whole family behind at the age of 17 to start a new life, and just two years later, getting away from a life of petty crime after a spell in a Young Offenders' Institution. Such a powerful conversation!
July 05, 2021
Episode 87 - Adults as role models and the importance of their wellbeing with Helen Clare
I am very happy to share this conversation with Helen Clare, she is a former primary school teacher. She's also a senior yoga teacher, founder of  Class Yoga. Her vision is to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children globally, no matter their background, by enabling teachers, parents and carers to offer excellent quality yoga and mindfulness for them, at school and at home. We discuss why we, as adults we are role models for our young people and why it is so important to look after own wellbeing so that our young people be well too.
July 02, 2021
Episode 86 - Dare to Dream with Dave McPartlin
I am delighted to share this extremely powerful conversation with Dave McPartlin, Head teacher of Flakefleet Primary as well as BBCbitesize presenter. Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer Finalist, Happiest school 2018 and School of the Year runner up 2019. David share with me why happy children = happy learners. We did talk about BGT but we also went much deeper and discussed the importance of mindset and equity in education. Have a listen! I loved it and so did Dave!
June 28, 2021
Episode 85 - How to empower young people with Raheen Fatima
I am delighted to be sharing this powerful imperfectly perfect conversation with Raheen Fatima.  Raheen is a 13 year-old girl from Pakistan. She is a peace and SDGs activist, standup-comedian, Theater Actress and Interviewer.  Her goal is to empower People around her to foster the global peace. Enjoy our conversation! I loved it. I am sure you will too.
June 27, 2021
Episode 84 - Re-Imagining Education To Create An Impact In The World with Yumna Hussen
I am so happy to be sharing this powerful conversation with Yumna Hussen, co-author of Struggles of War. Yumna is a multi-hyphenate growth enthusiast, committed to influencing transformational change to ensure marginalised young people’s voices are directly embedded in policy making.  She is the elected Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Birmingham and the Chair of Birmingham Aspiring Youth Council, representing 200,000+ young people in UK Youth Parliament. I would recommend you listen to Yumna's TED talk. In this conversation, we talk how it is time to grow our own collective resilience. Now's the time that we need to reevaluate our education. How now is the time that we need to remember that we as individuals have far more impact when we give ourselves the permission to seek a renewed sense of possibility for our own communities. When we work together, when we collaborate, in which we can actually develop ourselves into active citizens who want to create a difference, you are reimagining the systems that we live in with a limitless potential, and we have the agency to redefine our lives on our own terms. A must listen to!
June 25, 2021
Episode 83 - why we need to listen to young people and act on it with Lottie Cook
I am delighted to share this conversation with Lottie Cook, activist, public speaker, writer and A-level student who is also part of pupil power. Lottie tells me why we need to listen to young people and act on what they are sharing and saying to us. A truly powerful and magical conversation.
June 23, 2021
Episode 82 - what does it mean to be a self-directed learner with Olivia Barnes
This week is all about young people and we start this Monday with Olivia Barnes. She is 17, lives in the US and describes as a self-directed learner, a lover of learning. Listen to what she has to say about her experience. I was so impressed by her eloquence and her ability to express herself so clearly and effectively. You will understand why she calls herself a lover of learning. I have found a new hero!
June 21, 2021
Episode 81 - The future of teaching: And the Myths that Hold it back with Guy Claxton
In this episode, I talk with Professor Guy Claxton. We discuss his new book 'The Future of Teaching: And the Myths That Hold It Back' and why it's time for the educational slugfest to stop. He also told me why the search for a new model of education – one that is genuinely empowering for all young people – is serious and necessary. A must listen for anybody who wants to see change in education!
June 18, 2021
Episode 80 - The unschooling school movement with Heather MacTaggart
I am so happy to share this conversation with Heather MacTaggart creator of the Unschooling school movement - let's make school fit the learner. Heather is a mother of four children, passionate about making the education system work for everyone. She is also Founder and Executive Director of Classroom Connections, on-site leader, Change It Up initiatives within Alberta First Nations communities. She is the co-author Overschooled but Undereducated, with John Abbott in the UK
June 14, 2021
Episode 79 - Another way is possible with Derry Hannam
This episode is an outstanding conversation with Derry Hanham. He shares with me about how in his twenty years as a teacher in English state secondary schools he always tried to create environments where students could make choices about and take care control of their own learning in a democratic and rights respecting context. We talk about his book Another Way is possible - hardcopy or ebook Derry has been described as a 'bridge person' who tries to bring about dialogue between the mainly private democratic education movement with its 500+ schools worldwide and state or public school systems. I highly recommend this episode.
June 11, 2021
Episode 78 - Equity and inclusion that serve the child with Elsa Torres
This is a beautiful conversation with Elsa Torres about equity and inclusion. I highly recommend it. It was such a powerful chat. Elsa tells us to: be gentle on ourselves  there's always a story behind any behaviour build empathy for each child serve all children
June 07, 2021
Episode 77 - What is a learning coach? with Scott Van Beck
Wonderful to finish the week with this powerful interview with Scott Van Beck who is co-founder of The Education Game. We talk about our importance and role as parents, how we can become learning coaches instead and start asking questions instead of telling our children what to do.
June 04, 2021
Episode 76 - Decentralised education with Beau McCoy
A short conversation with Beau McCoy, Founder and CEO at SOLcademy. We talk about his new educational short-format video platform, distraction-free & ad-free and the benefits it brings to learners, parents and educators.
June 02, 2021
Episode 75 - The importance and power of meeting people where they are with Shannon Ross
Today, I am particularly excited to share my interview with Shannon Ross. He is Founder and Executive Director of The Community. Emotional intelligence expert. HIGH-motor, highly-principled entrepreneur and Reentry/reform consultant. Shannon truly inspired me during this interview and we talked about his experience in prison, how it changed him and all about his work on Reentry and reform consultant. A truly empowering conversation.
May 31, 2021
Episode 74 - Trust, love and connections for a safe and nurturing learning environment with Emmanuel Ponchon
I am very excited to be sharing this episode with Emmanual Ponchon, who is Multicultural educator - eduScrum Rep / Trainer for Spain and France. Languages & Effective Communication Trainer / Coach. In this episode, Emmanuel tells us about eduScrum and his amazing work with the Treehouse but we also discuss what it would be like if we considered education as an ecosystem. What happens when we create a safe and nurturing environment? If we fostered trust in ourselves and our young people and most importantly if we developed more connections:  with yourself, with the people around you, with your emotions with the world, and with nature (which is very important)?
May 27, 2021
Episode 73 - what are you learning right now? with Seth Fleischauer
Today I talk with Seth Fleischauer, President & founder at Banyan Global Learning; founder at Lingoloop; expert in video conferencing, international teaching, SEL & K-12 online education. We talk about his amazing work at the intersection of technology, language, culture and social and emotional learning.  Seth invites us to: consider what we are learning right now analyse and bring consciousness of that process for ourselves ask ourselves: how can knowing that help me help young people more.
May 24, 2021
Episode 72 - Why we want young people to be lifelong lovers of learning with Wayne Haworth
We often say that our schooling system is not working. Well today, I am going to share the amazing work done by the wonderful Wayne Haworth who is Principal at Hampton Park Secondary College in Australia. Wayne shares his journey and his innovative thinking and approach and why we want young people to be lifelong lovers of learning. A must listen for those who have lost faith in the current schooling system.
May 20, 2021
Episode 71 - Soweni - evolving education for the 21st Century with Kathryn Pratt
This week, I talk to Kathryn Pratt - Founder at Soweni (Cornish for Thrive) where we discuss the origins of this empowering non-profit, which is evolving education for the 21st Century in the Age of Corona.  It’s all about Ecosystem Learning where the traditional boxes of family life, work life & school are blown apart and education becomes an exciting, inquiry driven, supported open journey for everyone. I am sure you will find this episode a fascinating listen!
May 17, 2021
Episode 70 - Education - the combination of curriculum and pedagogy with Lee Pace
This week I talk with Lee Pace, Deputy Headteacher who specialises in pedagogy and curriculum design. We talk about the concept of cognitive load, cognitive overload and how great curriculum design, tailored to the needs of pupils, complimented by research informed pedagogy will lead to amazing outcomes, giving learners hope for the future.
May 14, 2021
Episode 69 - How to help our young people navigate their lives and mental health better with Ava Shabnum Hasan
Today, I talk with Ava Shabnum Hasan, LSE graduate and former teacher who worked in several state and independent schools in England and Asia, including Merchant Taylors' Prep School and Harrow International School Bangkok. Former SENDCo and Senior Leader she founded Mentally Well Schools in 2019. We talk about the importance of compassion and self-compassion as well as giving our young people the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the challenges ahead of them.
May 10, 2021
Episode 68 - The first choice is always the right choice with Aidan Sloane
This week, on the Flourishing Education podcast, I talk to the amazing Aidan Sloane, Head of Skills, Apprenticeships, Employer Engagement at Belfast Metropolitan College. We discuss how the FIRST choice is always the RIGHT choice for young people and how there is not just one determined straight path: GCSE, A-levels and degree/higher degrees (in the UK) but that people should be encouraged to find what is right for them - not ONE PATH but ONE'S PATH.
May 05, 2021
Episode 67 - Changing our minds with Naomi Fisher
In this episode, I interview the amazing Naomi Fisher, Clinical Psychologist.  We talk about her book Changing our Minds and how it brings together research, theory and practice on learning. Naomi looks at education through a psychological lens and tells us how there are other ways to learn. School is not the only way to become educated.
May 01, 2021
Episode 66 - The importance of skills with Nathan McGurl
This week I talk with Nathan McGurl, Founder of The Study Buddy which Nathan created to support his child when he was revising for his GCSE. We discuss the importance of developing skills for the future of our young people.
April 26, 2021
Episode 65 - Why we need to be our young people's voice with Claire Fitter
In this episode, I speak with Claire Fitter, previously a secondary school teacher for nearly 10 years and who is now home educating her two daughters. She tells me what home educating is (and is not) and her amazing journey.
April 23, 2021
Episode 64 - Why we should keep investing in children and young people's outdoor experiences with Toni Pettitt
This week, I share another powerful conversation with Toni Pettitt, who is founder and director of Branching Out Forest School & Social Forestry. We discuss the what 'Forest School and Social Forestry are, their benefits and most importantly why we should keep investing in children and young people's outdoor experiences.
April 20, 2021
Episode 63 - Helping our young people find meaning and fulfilment with Sally Fox
In this episode, the wonderful Sally Fox, Headteacher of a Pool Church of England primary school in West Yorkshire talks to me about her big why and why she believes in personalising education not standardising it. and helps me realise that what I want the most for my children and our young people (and myself) is to find meaning and fulfilment in life. I am sure you will find this conversation with Sally as inspiring as I did.
April 16, 2021
Episode 62 - Self Managed learning and the new education paradigm with Dr Ian Cunningham
This week, I talk with the wonderful Dr Ian Cunningham who chairs the Governing Body of SML College. He created Self Managed Learning in the 1970’s and was the first person to be awarded a PhD in Management Learning from the University of Lancaster. He has published six books and over 120 articles and papers in areas such as education, learning, leadership and organisational change. In this episode we talk about his new book - Self Managed Learning and the New Educational Paradigm and his amazing work at the Self Managed Learning (SML) College. I am sure you will be as inspired and motivated by his work than I am.
April 13, 2021
Episode 61 - Behaviour is communication with Stu Evans
This episode was so transformative for me and I am so grateful to Stu Evans - Headteacher at PRU New Leaf inclusion Centre for his insights and knowledge. He showed me my unconscious biases and reminded me that all behaviour is communication. A very timely and powerful conversation.
April 09, 2021
Episode 60 - Bringing Consciousness to education with Komal Shah
Tis week I speak with the wonderful Komal Shah, Educational consultant creating a more harmonious world by shifting outdated educational paradigms through consciousness. It was a fascinating discussion talking about Komal's journey through the 'mainstream system', her frustrations which led her to write her new book, a nonfiction book that speaks to educational leaders, teachers, and parents who have a desire to educate the whole child in a new way. Komal's book 'Bringing Consciousness to Education' is available to pre-order here.
April 06, 2021
Episode 59 - why we need more than grades and passing exams with TJ Juttla
This week I talk to TJ Jutla Managing Director of QTS - Quality Teacher Suppliers who is inspiring change in education and & challenging The Status Quo. Enjoy!
April 01, 2021
Episode 58 - The importance of talk with Ros Wilson
This week I had a wonderful and joyful conversation with Ros Wilson about the importance of talk. With over 55 years experience in education, including 27 years in schools, ten years in senior management positions and 14 years in advisory and inspection work. She has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools in England and overseas and has a wide experience in teaching and advising on raising achievement for pupils with English as an additional language and also pupils with special educational needs. She is the creator of Big Writing (books published by Oxford University press), VCOP and the criterion scale.
March 25, 2021
Episode 57 - Why normal is broken and you want to be weird with Matt Barnes
This week, I talk with the wonderful Matt Barnes.  Matt describes himself as a son, a spouse, a dad, an entrepreneur, and an active community member. Over the last 10-years, he has coached thousands of parents on how to grow their children into “self-directed learners for the 21st Century.” His kids have been educated in public, private, hybrid, virtual, and homeschool structures over the last 13 years. One is a valedictorian in his local public school, another started attending college at 15, and the other is starting a business at 14. As a family, they routinely use online, off-line, and experiential learning to build the children into Self-Directed Learners. The result is traditional academic success and readiness for the 21st-century. If you want to schedule a call with Matt, please use this link or go directly to Matt's website ( Their services are free (some are sponsored by our Patreon donors).
March 18, 2021
Episode 56 - How to make education relevant with Olly Newton
This week I speak with Olly Newton - Executive Director of The Edge Foundation. Olly oversees Edge’s work on research, policy and Edge Future Learning. He is passionate about connecting researchers, policy makers and practitioners to learn from each other. Olly chairs several of Edge’s networks and often speaks at events – feel free to email him or connect on Twitter @UkEdgePolicy if you would like to start a conversation. Before Edge, he spent ten years with the Department for Education, most recently as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is based in Sheffield where he is a governor and Enterprise Adviser for Firth Park Academy and volunteers with the Scout Association.
March 11, 2021
Episode 55 - The power of language and how we can all be 'everyday heroes' with Dr Victoria Carr
Victoria is a primary school headteacher in the North West of England, a post she has held for nine years. She is a mum of two teenagers. In her spare time she is a British Army reservist and also lectures on the MA programme in Educational Leadership (previously at Chester University and currently at Liverpool Hope). In addition, she has completed two MAs (in Equality & Diversity and Educational Leadership) and a doctorate, and is currently studying for a third MA with Bucks University, in Military History. She loves sport, cooking, and the outdoors. She has presented a TEDx on The Power of Language and how we can all be ‘everyday heroes’, has done several key note speeches, podcasts and blogs, most recently for BERA and Leeds Beckett University. You can follow her on Twitter
March 03, 2021
Episode 54 - Time to challenge the education system with Phil Sharrock
This week, I have an amazing conversation with Phil Sharrock, former headteacher who has a passion for the well-being and empowerment of children, staff and the whole community in order to facilitate rapid improvement. He prides himself on being different and challenging the norms of what is perceived to be right for all schools. He argues strongly that all schools are individual and their needs should be met with an individualistic approach to solve their issues. He has been called a “maverick” and a “breath of fresh air” as well as “inspirational” by Ofsted. Having trained at Y Coleg Normal in Bangor from 1992-96 graduating with a B.Ed (Hons) in Physical and Outdoor Education, he then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management at Wolverhampton University in 1999. Phil has been a PE coordinator, ICT coordinator, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and finally Headteacher. Phil’s career has taken him from Birmingham, The Black Country, Oldham in Lancashire and Dewsbury in West Yorkshire. He has been the Headteacher of 4 Schools which were all in and “inadequate” category and led them to “Good in all areas” within 15 months. For the last 3 years he has been a Foster Carer and has had a number of children live with him over that time.
February 24, 2021
Episode 53 - The need for a holistic approach to wellbeing in (Higher) Education with Imogen Moore
This week I talk with a colleague at the University of Bristol, Imogen Moore who is Associate Professor in Law, lead on education and innovation and development.  We talk about the blogpost we wrote together ahead of yesterday's symposium on staff wellbeing organised by Advance HE. We talk about the need for a holistic approach to wellbeing in Higher Education (and in all settings) which requires a focus on the whole institution, on student and staff. We conclude that a flourishing institution requires flourishing students AND flourishing staff. One cannot happen without the other.
February 18, 2021
Episode 52 - Don't let fear hold you back with Nicole Webb
This week I speak with Nicole Webb, journalist, writer and speaker. Nicole spent 20 years in Australia television as a reporter, producer and presenter. She's recently returned to Sydney after nearly a decade abroad in Hong Kong and China.  We talk about her book China Blond, which you can buy here. Through her wonderful experience Nicole shows us how stepping outside of our comfort zone, not letting fear hold us back and being patient is the only way to live a full life.
February 11, 2021
Episode 51 - How to cope during lockdown and beyond - tips for parents, teachers and young people with Maxine Houghton
This week, I speak with Maxine Houghton, who is Advisory Teacher for SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) at Somerset County Council. Maxine tells us what she thinks we all need to cope with lockdown and beyond and provides us with very good advice and tips for parents, teachers and young people.  
February 05, 2021
Episode 50 - Figuring out who we are and what we stand for with Megan Norton
Today I speak with the talented Megan Norton, an intercultural training consultant, facilitator, and researcher focused on supporting cross-cultural families. and we discuss what we can learn from her experience of being and working with Third Culture Kids (TCK). Such a powerful conversation again! Megan's expertise as an intercultural trainer combined with her experience in international education has enabled her to design socio-emotional and educational programming tailored to globally mobile families and youth. Megan mentors, writes, and consults to enable Third Culture Kids, families, and cross-cultural workers to identify and implement tools and strategies that will help them transition well and thrive wherever they are. Growing up as a U.S. diplomat dependent/Third Culture Kid, she lived in 6 countries (the U.S., South Africa, South Korea, Germany, Japan, and Israel) and has lived in 4 more as an Adult Third Culture Kid (Austria, Greece, Hungary, Poland) in addition to 5 U.S. States (Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Washington DC, and Michigan). She loves hearing TCKs share their stories and supporting their journey into their next “home.” Megan is also host and producer of “A Culture Story” - a podcast which focuses on cultural identity, belonging, and purpose in relation to intercultural stories.
January 29, 2021
Episode 49 - Briony May's recipe for life and success
This week I speak with the amazingly talented Briony May from Briony Bakes, semi-finalist of the Great British Bake off 2018 (GBBO) and winner of the Great Christmas Bake off 2019 and now presenter  - Food Unwrapped, Channel 4. Briony shares her story, how she got from language teacher to TV presenter and what her recipe for life and success is. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I loved recording it.
January 21, 2021
Episode 48 (in French/en français) - les bienfaits de la pleine conscience avec Elisabeth Allier
Cette semaine - c'est un programme en français avec la merveilleuse Elisabeth Allier. Nous parlons de notre rencontre en 2011, comment elle a découvert la pleine conscience et nous partageons des conseils et des idées sur comment améliorer et développer notre bien-être. Bonne écoute!
January 14, 2021
Episode 47 - What can we learn from the Finnish Education system with Marjo Kyllonen
This week I share my conversation with Marjo Kyllönen, Head of Development Services, City of Helsinki. We talk about the Finnish Education system and what we (as UK teachers, educators and parents) can learn from the changes and the work they have done over the last 20 years. I learned so much and really loved our conversation. You can find Marjo Kyllönen on Linkedin
January 08, 2021
Episode 46 -Why staff wellbeing is as important as student wellbeing with Professor Basia Spalek
In this episode, I talk to Professor Basia Spalek about staff wellbeing (mainly in Higher Education) but this applies to all settings. We talk about what we can do to change the system and to make sure that we create a flourishing education where both students AND staff can flourish. Professor Spalek is the founder and director of Mental Wellbeing Services You can follow her on Twitter @MentalWellbein6 
December 18, 2020
Episode 45 - Freedom to learn with Dr Peter Gray
Today I talk with Dr Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 8th edition). We talk about self-directed education and how we foster curiosity in our young people. He has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. He a founding member of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and a founding board member of the nonprofit Let Grow. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.
December 11, 2020
Episode 44 - How to BE humble and flourishing beings with Dr Ashish Bhatia
This week I have a conversation with the wonderful Ashish Bhatia - a GP (Gentle presence), Tutor at the medical school at the University of Bristol and Founder of the Humble Foundation. We talk about what it takes for human beings to flourish and be humble. Happy listening!
December 04, 2020
Episode 43 - How to handle our emotions in these difficult and challenging times? with Dr Sarah Whyte
This week I had another conversation with the wonderful Dr Sarah Whyte who with a degree in psychology, a masters in education and a doctorate in emotional intelligence, shared science-backed tools and very practical tips to help us (and our young people) deal with our emotions in these difficult and challenging times. Based in Singapore, she works with organisations,  international schools and families across South East Asia to equip people with simple, practical skills to boost their resilience and develop their emotional wellbeing. I hope you find her tips very useful and we will do another podcast to discuss emotional equity soon.
November 20, 2020
Episode 42 - Education or schooling - same or different? with Kelly Challis
Today I am really excited to share interview with Kelly Challis a Consultant Teacher at Driver Youth Trust. We talk about education, what it is, what it isn't and how our schooling fits into this notion of education. You can find Kelly on Linked in or on Twitter. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I loved speaking to her. Have a good week and a fantastic weekend.
November 12, 2020
Episode 41 - Collaboration, love and community with Hayley McDonnell
This week I talk with the wonderful Hayley McDonnell who is supporting school leaders with SMSC and Global collaborations and meaningfully connect with others to create positivity and success. We talk about SMSC - which stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Did you know that all schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC? I loved talking to Hayley - her passion for her subject is infectious. I also agree wholeheartedly with her mantra 'collaboration, love and community'  and how at its core this means if we work together, we will work towards harmony between people and build stronger communities. I am sure you will enjoy this week's episode too! You can find Hayley here: Website Facebook
November 06, 2020
Episode 40 - Contextual well-being with Dr Helen Street
This week I share with the wonderful Dr Helen Street, Founder and Chair of The Positive Schools Initiative in Australia which advocates for educational reform to better support equity, motivation and wellbeing in young people. I talk to Helen about contextual well-being which is the title of her book. Such a powerful and insightful conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
October 30, 2020
Episode 39 - How do you stop men taking their lives? with Ben Akers
My conversation this week was on a very moving and sensitive subject - how to stop men taking their lives? with the wonderful and inspiring Ben Akers, a filmmaker. A PROBLEM SOLVER AND MENTAL HEALTH campaigner. Co-founder of Talkclub. I hope you will feel as motivated as I am to ask: How are you? Out of 10?
October 23, 2020
Episode 38 - School Beyond Limitations with Martina Geromin
This week I talk with the wonderful Dr Martina Geromin - CEO & Founder of School Beyond Limitations. We talk about their online school - offline and online learning and what it means to take a holistic and whole student approach to teaching and learning. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. Lots of synergy between my research and what Martina and her school are trying to achieve.
October 16, 2020
Episode 37 - What can we learn from 'unschooling' with May-Ling Thomas
I had the most wonderful conversation with May Ling Thomas about 'unschooling'. If you don't know what it is - worry not! all will be revealed in this episode. May-Ling is a coach and she has been unschooling her two daughters and she tells us what we can learn from this 'home educating' concept. Our conversation really got me thinking and made me question a lot of my approaches. I hope it does the same for me. You can reach May Ling here Website Facebook Instagram  -
October 09, 2020
Episode 36 - Emotions? What emotions? with Dr Sarah Whyte
This week I had a conversation with the wonderful Dr Sarah Whyte who with a degree in psychology, a masters in education and a doctorate in emotional intelligence, shared science-backed tools to develop emotional wellbeing and resilience with me. Based in Singapore, she works with organisations,  international schools and families across South East Asia to equip people with simple, practical skills to boost their resilience and develop their emotional wellbeing. A must listen if you want to discover more about emotional wellbeing. The book she mentions at the end is from Dr Dan Siegel and is called 'The Whole Brain child'
October 02, 2020
Episode 35 - Why diets don't work with Dr Rebecca Hiscutt
“We're only as sick as our secrets” they say in the AA. Well this week, I am completely honest and share one of my most guarded secrets for over 30 years - my issues with body image and how sugar was my drug of choice. Was? Yes! Now that I have started working with the wonderful Dr Rebecca Hiscutt creator of The Happy Eating Club - things have drastically changed.  In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with Rebecca: why diets don't work and how the work we have been doing together since July has literally transformed my relationship with my body. To know more about Rebecca's amazing work  Info about The Happy Eating Club Instagram - happyeatingclub
September 18, 2020
Episode 34 - Human Flourishing or When arts and creative enquiry meets science and medicine with Louise Younie
This week I had a fascinating conversation with Dr Louise Younie whose work celebrates human Flourishing through creative enquiry.  We discuss how through creative enquiry medical student are invited to find their personal voice and to share their own experiences when presenting patient cases.  
September 11, 2020
Episode 33 - A-level Fiasco and the UK Education system - a young person's perspective with Ben and Libby
Today I had a fun and amazing conversation with two wonderful young people - Libby Smerdon and Ben Holmes who used to be respectively Head Girl and Head Boy at Gordano School and whom I met when I organised a focus group with Year 12 and Year 13 to discuss my research.  They provided me with their views on the UK Education system and what they think needs to change. We also discussed the A-level fiasco. I would highly recommend this to any parent or teacher/educator who wants a student's perspective of our current UK education system.  Very grateful to them both for sharing their story and their views so openly. So much maturity and fabulous ideas.  
September 04, 2020
Episode 32 - Anxiety - What to do when it all gets too much with Jen Ramsey
Do you suffer from anxiety? Do you sometimes feel that life is not enough and that YOU are not enough. In this episode the wonderful Jen Ramsey , sought-after coach, business strategist and podcaster shares her story and talks about how she dealt with her diagnosis of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). She gives us specific tips on how to live life from a place of true freedom and peace.  I am sure you will love this episode. I certainly did. The meditation Jen mentions in the conversation can be found here If you would like to work with Jen or find out more about her click on the links below: Facebook: Instagram  Podcast 
August 28, 2020
Episode 31 - September 2020 - recovery or reset? with Jeanne Fairs
I share a conversation I had at the start of the summer holiday with the wonderful Jeanne Fairs who works at Gordano School. She is Assistant Head,  Head of Sixth Form. She is also Mental Health Lead and Head of Careers. She gives us a 'school perspective' of what to expect in September and what we can do as parents to support our children when they go back. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!
August 24, 2020
Episode 30 - Why is my mind so busy? with Adam Dacey
Round 3 and such a powerful conversation with Adam Dacey, my mindfulness teacher.  We talk about 'stepping off' the treadmill and why it took me so long to relax and 'switch off'. Am really grateful for his insights. If you too have experienced or experience this 'busyness' too - I would really recommend listening to Adam and his amazing insights.
August 14, 2020
Episode 29 - that's a bit morbid! addressing the elephant in the room with Adam Dacey
Round 2 - a new conversation with Adam Dacey my mindfulness teacher - Director of Mindspace and we discuss the power of a regular contemplation of the impermanence of life (and the power of a meditation on death).  That's a bit morbid! Listen here to find out why we both feel that the absolute opposite is true. A wonderful opportunity to challenge YOUR TRUTH.
August 07, 2020
Episode 28 - Why young people are NOT weak with Gareth Hughes
Another amazing and powerful conversation with the wonderful Gareth Hughes, Psychotherapist, Research Lead - Student Wellbeing, PFHEA, University of Derby, Human Givens College. He is also a campaigner for student wellbeing and an educationalist.  We talk about young people and how they are not weak or 'snowflakes' but are in fact extraordinary as they are called to deal with the unique and complex challenging environments of the 21st century.  From this conversation, you will see that it is clear that we both believe young people have amazing strengths and potential.  Listen now to find out more...
July 31, 2020
Episode 27 - What is true learning? with Professor Mike Higton
In today's episode, I have a fascinating conversation with Professor Mike Higton who is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. I contacted him because I thoroughly enjoyed one of his books, Vulnerable Learning - Thinking Theologically about Higher Education. We discuss why we are all life-long learners and why he might not write the book in the same way and not use the terminology 'vulnerable learning'.  I am sure you will get as much out of this conversation as I did.
July 24, 2020
Episode 26 - How to grow a grown up with Dr Dominique Thompson
In this episode, I talk with Dr Dominique Thompson, Director of Buzz Consulting about why we decided to write a book together and what we can do as parents and educators to best support our young people over the summer and post Covid as we enter the new normal. I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did. To join the private Facebook community click here To download the free *5 Step Guide to supporting your teen this (weird!) summer* click here You can reach Dominique
July 17, 2020
Episode 25 - How to foster our children's individuality with Elaine Halligan
This week I have another powerful and wonderful conversation. This time with the talented and amazing Elaine Halligan, London Director of The Parent Practice  (links to connect with Elaine and Melissa below). Elaine is author of My Child's Different - I highly recommend it! We talk about raising a neurodiverse child and how as parents we can best support our children and young people. How can we recognise their differences and strengths and foster their individuality so that they can flourish and be their true selves. BOOK HERE FOR A PARENT SESSION Listen to Elaine's Tedx Talk here on ‘Neurodiversity being a super power not a problem
July 10, 2020
Episode 24 - what type of role model are you for your children? with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs
In this episode I have a second conversation with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. In our first recording, she shared her son Daniel's story with me and we talked all about drugs and the work she is currently doing through the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. In today's session we talk about our role as parents and teachers - what type of role model are we?  Do you model all the helpful and positive habits? Do you talk about your emotions and feelings openly to your children? I had a massive 'aha' moment whilst speaking with Fiona so would really recommend this particular episode. The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation The websites Fiona mentioned were: Talk to Frank Drugscience Other useful sites Fiona and her foundation refer parents to are: Say why to drugs podcasts Alcohol Education Trust Festivalsafe Teen Tips
July 03, 2020
Episode 23 - Inequitable outcomes at University - what can we do? with Vikki Hill
In this episode, I speak with Vikki Hill (Senior Fellow of the HEA) who is an Educational Developer in the Attainment Team in the Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange at University of the Arts London (UAL). We talk about inequalities in outcomes at University and what we can do to remove inequitable outcomes in Higher Education Settings (and in lower educational levels). Vikki has over 20 years experience in art and design education teaching, managing and examining in both UK and international contexts. Vikki works with staff across UAL to address awarding differentials and develop learning and teaching approaches in social justice and anti-racism. She has been leading the UAL Creative Mindsets project – that aims to reduce bias and stereotype threat as barriers to learning - since 2017. Her doctoral research is focused on educational development, critical pedagogy, compassion, bias and arts-based research methods in higher education. UAL Teaching Learning and Employability Exchange UAL AEM and Attainment: Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zines: UAL Creative Mindsets: Interrogating Spaces Podcast: BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC STUDENT ATTAINMENT AT UK UNIVERSITIES: #CLOSINGTHEGAP: Supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic students during the coronavirus pandemic Gurnam Singh (3 May 2020), Covid-19 does discriminate – so we should tackle its impact on BAME students. Shades of Noir: Audre Lorde (2018) The Master’s Tools will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.
June 26, 2020
Episode 22 - The making of an inclusive school with Trystan Williams
Want to know more about diversity and inclusion? How do we make our environment inclusive for ALL pupils and staff? In this episode, I talk with Trystan Williams - Principle of Venturers' Academy and Executive Leads Primary Schools in the Venturers' Trust. We discuss the needs of ALL young people and how we can help them cope with the way the world has changed so rapidly and quickly. I am sure you will agree that Trystan brings wonderful insights and useful tips for young people, teachers, leaders and parents. You can find Trystan on Twitter.
June 19, 2020
Episode 21 - What stories do you tell yourself? The importance of our mindset with Caroline Ferguson
Do you tend to want to change the external conditions? What if we had a lot more power than we realised? In this episode, I have an extremely powerful conversation with the amazing Caroline Ferguson, Mindset trainer. As a Mindset Trainer and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, Caroline helps business leaders overcome wellbeing issues like stress, imposter syndrome, limiting beliefs and low self worth.  By listening to this episode, you will discover how it is in your control to shape your own experience(s) through your thoughts and mindset. Caroline will provide you with very useful tips and tools. If you want to know more, you can contact Caroline by visiting her website or on LinkedIn.
June 12, 2020
Episode 20 - Specific tips and tools to handle the 'new' normal effectively with Elizabeth Gillies
Are you worried about what is going to happen when our children go back to school? Are you worried about going back to work? In this second conversation with Elizabeth Gillies - Educational psychologist based in London we talk tips and advice on how to handle transition back to work and school effectively - we discuss 'cultural agility' as a great tool for our 'tool box'. What it is and how it can be used by students, staff and parents alike. You can find Elizabeth on Linkedin
June 05, 2020
Episode 19 - What happens when the kids go back to school? with Elizabeth Gillies
Are you worried about what is going to happen when our children go back to school? Are you worried about going back to work? In this episode, I interviewed Elizabeth Gillies - Educational psychologist based in London and we talk about the challenges and disruptions Covid-19 has brought over the last few months. Elizabeth discusses her work with young people in transition and how to deal with ALL our emotions and how we can support our children/pupils back (and ourselves). You can find Elizabeth on Linkedin
May 29, 2020
Episode 18 - Are you struggling to be everything to everyone? With Nicola Huelin
Are you struggling to juggle 'working from home', homeschooling/family life and all the other tasks ahead of you? Do you often feel frustrated? Then I would highly recommend listening to this interview with Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning, qualified and accredited business coach and mentor, with over 20 years' in business, Nicola has connected, coached and mentored hundreds of women through Mpower for mums in business. She shares really good advice on what we can do to flourish in life. Twitter: @MpowerMumsinbiz
May 22, 2020
Episode 17 - Is Mindfulness really the answer? with Adam Dacey
This is the longest conversation, I have had so far but it was so worth it! Listen to this conversation with Adam Dacey - Founder of MindSpace. He taught me all I know about Mindfulness. In this episode, we talk about how he discovered Mindfulness and why Mindfulness has become so popular. We also discuss some of the more advanced practices and why they might be useful for us during Covid-19. LINKS Web: Facebook: Twitter: Linkedin:
May 15, 2020
Episode 16 - Worried about online safety? Follow the Breck principles with Lorin LaFave
If you want to hear more about safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity, then please listen to this interview with Lorin LaFave (Breck's mum) founder of The Breck Foundation  in 2014 in response to the tragic murder of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old Surrey schoolboy who loved science, computing and gaming who was groomed online. You can watch Beck's last game here Lorin LaFave Founder and Head of Education & External Affairs e: t: 01883 621102 (ext 1322) m: 07799 418070 @lorinlafave
May 13, 2020
Episode 15 - Mental health and wellbeing issues - how the science of compassion can help us with Dr Theo Gilbert
A fascinating conversation about an exciting topic on how the science of compassion and how adopting a compassionate approach can help improve well-being in Higher Education (and education/life in general) with Dr Theo Gilbert. I loved every minute of it and felt so inspired. Dr Theo Gilbert is Associate Professor at the Learning Teaching Innovation Centre of the University of Hertfordshire. Check out his website on embedding and Assessing Compassion in the University Curriculum. You can check his profile here He is also on Twitter
May 07, 2020
Episode 14 - Your emotions - good or bad? with Davide Antognazza
If you struggle with your emotions and would like to understand their roles and their importance in your daily lives, then I highly recommend listening to this wonderful conversation with Davide Antognazza who is based in Locarno Switzerland.  Davide currently works as senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Davide does research in International Education, Teacher Education and Didactics. It's main interest is emotional intelligence in education. He as a Masters in Education from Harvard School of Education. He is an expert on emotional intelligence and in this conversation we discuss emotions (all of them - positive and negatives) and why we need to 'befriend them'. You can find him on Twitter
May 01, 2020
Episode 13 - How to handle transitions effectively and positively with Louise Wiles
About to go to University? Worried for your child? In this conversation Louise and I discuss how to use positive change and transition knowledge to university transition (and any transition). Louise is a coach and consultant supporting individuals and organisations to navigate the challenges and maximise the opportunities and outcomes of relocation and international employment. Through her coaching and training programmes, Louise supports individuals and dual career couples to navigate change and transition positively and build thriving professional and personal lives abroad. Louise holds a MSc, in Occupational Psychology, a Certificate in Creating Positive Change, is an Enhanced Narrative Coach Practitioner and is a Certified Personal Performance Coach. Louise is also host of the Thriving Abroad Podcast HERE  and author of Thriving Abroad: The definitive guide to Professional and Personal Relocation Success HERE If you would like to connect with Louise, you can email her
April 24, 2020
Episode 12 - Covid-19: online teaching and how to keep motivated - a conversation with Owen Barlow
This week - I had a conversation with Owen Barlow - one of Bristol Insitute for Learning and Teaching (BILT)'s Student Fellows. He is currently working on the wellbeing in the curriculum project. You can find out more about him here We've had numerous conversations in the past but today we focus on Covid-19 and the move to online teaching and online assignments. How can we all (students and staff) remain motivated. We discuss what motivation is and how we can make the current situation work for us. Thanks Owen for a wonderful conversation and for allowing me to reflect on this. If you want to reach Owen - his twitter handle is @ob_owenbarlow.
April 16, 2020
Episode 11 - Drug education through Daniel's story with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs
In this episode I speak with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. She shared her son Daniel's story with me and we talked all about drugs and the work she is currently doing through the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. How can we support young people to make safer choices about drugs. A powerful story that we all need to hear. Thanks Fiona! The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation The websites Fiona mentioned were: Talk to Frank Drugscience Other useful sites Fiona and her foundation refer parents to are: Say why to drugs podcasts Alcohol Education Trust Festivalsafe Teen Tips
April 10, 2020
Episode 10 - Covid 19 a threat or an opportunity for education with Dr Debbie Pinfold
I spoke with my colleague Dr Debbie Pinfold, Senior Lecturer in German and our topic was Covid 19 - is it a threat or an opportunity for education? We discuss personal tutoring, the challenging experience of moving our teaching to online teaching and online assessments, stress and anxiety for staff and students. If you want to find out more about Debbie and her amazing work- you can see her University profile here. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed speaking with Debbie - thanks so much for a wonderful conversation!
April 08, 2020
Episode 9 - Social media's impact on our mental health with Bailey Parnell
I am really excited to be sharing this episode with the amazingly talented Bailey Parnell. We talk about the impact of social media on our mental health. Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is a TEDx speaker with near 1 million views (watch it here), an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success. Her work and expertise have been featured in Forbes, CBC, FOX, Flare Magazine, and more. Bailey is also currently completing her part-time Masters in Communications and Culture at Ryerson University with research looking into social media's impact on mental health, the results of which she presented at the World Youth Forum in Egypt. If you want to find out more about Bailey - check out her website here
April 02, 2020
Episode 8 - Coronavirus, fear of death and loss - a fabulous discussion with Debra-Jo Bright
In this episode, I have a conversation with my American friend Debra-Jo Bright. Over the weekend I felt very ill and very scared of dying and admitted to friends and family how I felt and how scared I was. I LOVED this conversation. So good to openly discuss my fears and to hear Debra-Jo and Frank's story. Debra-Jo's husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer 2 years ago. He's been living with cancer since. Debra-Jo shares their story, her views on death, spirituality, etc. Again - some of my beliefs were challenged but I loved our conversation very much. You can find her here During the podcast she mentioned Julie Ryan - - it might be a bit too much for you (I know this is stretching my limits...) but feel free to explore further. This is the meditation Debra-Jo mentioned Enjoy and I would love to hear your views on this topic. 
March 31, 2020
Episode 7 - Homeschooling and empowering children and teens through natural learning with Emily Quandt
This week I  have been struggling with self-isolating as a family and you may have seen on my Facebook that I have given up on the whole idea of home educating the boys. If you too have been having issues and experienced stress on how to juggle it all and 'do the best' for your children/teens, then you will absolutely LOVE this conversation with Emily Quandt. Such useful tips and Emily really challenged some of my beliefs around natural learning. Thank you Emily!!! If you want to reach Emily - you can email her email is If you want to see about an Agile Learning Center near them they can check the network map here: If you are looking for more info on how to support Self-Directed Education during this time at home there are tons of resources here: Finally if you are listeners more than readers, here is another helpful resource podcast of another mama doing Self-Directed Education.
March 27, 2020
Episode 6 - I heart learning with Dr Michelle Donah
This week we speak with Dr Michelle Donah, Educator Life and Academic Coach at I heart Learning LLC in North Carolina, USA. We talk about the importance of telling young people that they are already perfect as they are, how learning difficulties affect young people and what we can do as parents and teachers to empower them and not apply the deficit model to our parenting/education. You can find more about Michelle here
March 20, 2020
Episode 5 - Joyful Empowered Living with Melissa Alexander
Another international episode - this time with my friend Melissa Alexander who is a primary school teacher in the US (in Arizona) and Director of Joyful Empowered Living. She teaches empowerment programmes to  students, teachers, and families who wish to discover more personal joy in life. You can reach her by email:
March 13, 2020
Episode 4 - Flourishing and Languishing with Professor Corey Keyes
I am delighted to share this episode with Professor Corey Keyes at Emory College of Art and Sciences in Atlanta, USA. He is an expert in social psychology and mental health. His research centers on illuminating the “two continua” model of health and illness, showing how the absence of mental illness does not translate into the presence of mental health, and revealing that the causes of true health are often distinct processes from those now understood as the risks for mental illness.  Corey's flourishing and languishing continuum has been instrumental to my research and it is the reason this podcast, my business and my first book all have the name they have. As you will hear when you listen to this episode, it was such a pleasure and an honour to speak to Corey again and to have such an in depth conversation about wellbeing, positive psychology, flourishing and languishing. Further information on Corey's work can be found here I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed speaking with Corey.
March 06, 2020
Episode 3 - Everyday Matters with Dr Eithne Hunt
Today I share our first international interview, with the wonderful Dr Eithne Hunt. Eithne is is a State registered occupational therapist who has clinical, research and teaching expertise in the area of adolescent health. She is also an award-winning university lecturer who has developed innovative curricula on everyday activities and health. We talk about adoslecent brain and her new programme 'Everyday Matters - healthy habits for college students' she is introducing at University College Cork, Ireland (UCC). Read an article in Thrive Global about it You can find out more about her here and reach her on twitter and her email is
February 27, 2020
Episode 2 - The importance of sleep for our wellbeing with Dr Akram
This week I share the interview I had with Dr Asha Akram, Neuroscientist and University Teacher from the University of Sheffield. A must listen to for any of you who want to know more about sleep and how important it is for all of us. We discuss what is sleep, why we sleep, society's veiw on sleep, the benefits of a good night's sleep, what happens when you're sleep deprived, sleep and mental health, how to get a good sleep, advice for parents with teenagers, advice for people who suffer from stress and anxiety and much more. You can reach Dr Akram through twitter or via her webpage
February 21, 2020
Episode 1 - Systems Thinking and Education with Kelly Challis
Today I share my interview with Kelly Challis a Consultant Teacher at Driver Youth Trust. We talk about Systems Thinking and why it is a new and exciting approach for Education which will benefit institutions, teachers, parents and students alike. You can find Kelly on Linked in or on Twitter. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed speaking to her. Have a good week and a fantastic weekend.
February 14, 2020
Intro Flourishing Education Podcast
Welcome to Flourishing Education: The podcast that brings you tools and strategies to understand that joy and happiness come from the inside.  If you are interested in learning more about how to embed wellbeing into your daily lives then you are in the right place.  There is no magic wand, no silver bullet - just solutions specific to you as the unique, perfect individual that you are.  Find out what others do and see what you would like to start implementing in your own life.
February 08, 2020