In this episode of GESScast Sarah speaks to Massrat Shaikh, Educational Psychologist and Advocate for Social Emotional Learning. We hear about her work with SEN students and identifying what educational needs they have, as well as her work as a career guidance counsellor and mindfulness educator. As you can imagine in the last year she has been incredibly busy! Along with her day to day job she's found the time to raise awareness on mental health, support community mental health with free mindfulness courses and give education programmes through webinars - an inspiration to us all.
In the forth episode of GESScast, Sarah speaks to Dr Richard Churches, Lead Adviser for Education Reform and Evidence Based Practice at the Education Development Trust. We find out about Richard’s varied career from musician to teacher and beyond! Richard tells us about his latest research – around teacher led randomised control trials, expanding the areas that educators really want to know about and developing a library of cards that summarise the existing research evidence that show a practical example of how it could be used in the classroom to bridge the theory practice gap.
In this episode of GESScast, Danny speaks with Olly Lewis, Educator and Leader at The British International School Abu Dhabi, and winner of the Best use of Digital Learning in the Classroom GESS Award in 2020. We'll hear about the most pressing issues teachers and leaders are facing at the moment and how schools can help support them successfully navigate through difficult times. Olly also shares his story and reasons behind starting #LearnLiveUAE, a great initiative that came to fruition during the pandemic and helps provide educators with online professional development.
In this episode of GESScast, Danny speaks with Sorcha Coyle, English Teacher and Founder of Empowering Expat Teachers, a 10,000+ member strong global community of expat teachers that provides best practices, support and financial advice to its members. We'll hear about the most pressing issues teachers are facing at the moment and how schools can help support educators successfully navigate through difficult times. Sorcha also shares her vision for the future as well as her personal experiences that have helped her make key decisions to boost financial wellbeing and become a financial advisor for teachers not only in the UAE, but worldwide.
In this episode of GESScast, Sarah speaks with Dr. Gilda Scarfe, CEO and Founder of Positive Ed a global and innovative educational consultancy using research to develop, implement and evaluate mental toughness, wellbeing and 21st-century skills in schools. We'll hear about the most challenging issues is the mental health of young people and how schools can put preventative measures in place to support young people. How Gilda's personal experiences have helped to frame her positive outlook and what we can do individually to help our mental toughness and wellbeing.