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Shooting Azimuths

Shooting Azimuths

By José Picardo
Shooting an azimuth means climbing to a height, sighting an object on the horizon in the direction you’re travelling, and adjusting your compass heading to make sure you’re still moving in the right direction.

Shooting Azimuths is about constantly reevaluating where we are, where we need to go and how to get there.
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Alison Peacock
In this episode I talk with Professor Dame Alison Peacock, who is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. Alison explains why it is important to raise the status of teaching as a profession; highlights the role of the Charted college in achieving this; advocates for a teaching philosophy that ensure that learning is without limits and in which children thrive with appropriate challenge; regrets unreasonable accountability in schools; and proposes a system of peer review that eliminates the need for Ofsted as we know it.
September 13, 2020
Clemmie Stewart
In this episode I talk with Clemmie Stewart, who is Senior Head of Prep Schools at Surbiton High School. Clemmie advises aspiring leaders on leadership behaviours; discusses the role of social media and podcasting (Clemmie hosts her own podcast with Dr Emma Kell) in developing the profession; refers to her TEDx talk to explain the difference between snowplough parenting and trampoline parenting; celebrates pupils' grit and resilience during the coronavirus emergency; explains the importance of children retuning to school after lockdown; and finally reflects on the importance of giving children the chance to succeed in whatever they are good at.
September 06, 2020
Oliver Caviglioli
Oliver Caviglioli is is a former headteacher, author, designer and expert in visual teaching strategies. In this episode, Oliver explains dual coding and the benefits it brings to lesson design; discusses how visual teaching strategies help the learning process; talks about Walkthrus, his collaboration with Tom Sherrington; and highlights the importance of allowing teachers time to work collaboratively to design lessons.
August 30, 2020
Daniel Muijs
Daniel Muijs is Deputy Director (Research and Evaluation) at Ofsted. In this episode, Daniel and I discuss why schools get inspected and what schools can expect from Ofsted in the context of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic; Daniel also provides guidance for schools, leaders and teachers generally on why and how to become evidence-informed. Daniel and I go on to discuss the value of basing educational decisions on research; and the importance of good quality initial teacher training and continuing professional development.
August 23, 2020
Daniel Sabato
Daniel Sabato is Deputy Head (Academic) at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. In this episode, Daniel and I discuss what schools can expect from exam results this year; the pros and cons of organising a teaching and learning conference; the importance of becoming evidence-informed; whether the genie is out of the bottle now that schools have been forced to contemplate alternative means of provision and conducting their business; and the "conveyor belt" style of education.
August 09, 2020
Jill Berry
Dr Jill Berry is a former headteacher and author of "Making the Leap: Moving from Deputy to Head". In this episode, Jill talks about her experience as a head; shares her pearls of wisdom about transitioning to a leadership position within a school; discusses the benefits and challenges of undertaking a doctorate in education; chats about her involvement in WomenEd; and explains why she thinks workload is the number one problem for teachers and school leaders.
July 05, 2020
Andy Buck
Andy  Buck is a former headteacher, an author and a school leadership expert. In this episode, Andy and I discuss what makes a great school leader; the role of organisations such as the Chartered College of Teaching and ResearchEd in professionalising teaching; and the crisis in teacher retention.
June 28, 2020
Dominic Norrish
Dominic Norrish is Chief Operating Officer at United Learning, a large group of academies and independent schools in the UK. In this episode, Dominic and I discuss what impelled him to pursue a career in education; the challenges and opportunities brought about by the forced pivoting to remote teaching and learning due to the Covid-19 crisis; and the importance of life-long education.
June 14, 2020
Shooting azimuths - A podcast about education
Shooting Azimuths is about constantly reevaluating where we are, where we need to go and how to get there. In this podcast I get to talk with some of the people I admire the most in the word of education. Please subscribe to follow my conversations with those setting the agenda and influencing the profession.
June 07, 2020