Skip to main content
#morethanajob

#morethanajob

By Daniel Bull
3 educators & friends discussing education, current affairs and all the things that make teaching #morethanajob Aimed at parents, teachers, support staff and those interested in anything educational. #Morethanajob Podcast brings you light-hearted education discussion, debate and thoughts! @DanielTBull @Bradford_Mike1 @JW19784
Listen on
Where to listen
Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

S1E23: Sam Strickland
Listen to the SEASON FINALE as we chat to the inspirational Principal Sam 'Strickomaster' Strickland on his pursuit to achieve the Halycon Dream. Sam is the Principal of a large all-through school and has helped to guide its GCSE results from the bottom 20% nationally to the top 20% and A Level outcomes to the top 5% nationally. The initial organiser of researchED Northampton, he is a leading voice in the current conversation in education. He has had educational resources and research published and has also delivered courses nationally and served as a lead facilitator for NPQSL. He is also the author of the hugely inspiring and influential books Education Exposed – ‘Leading a school in a time of uncertainty’ & ‘In pursuit of the halcyon dream.’ 'Knowledge itself is power' sits at the core of Sam’s educational philosophy and influences all that he does. 💥 What is the halcyon dream and how do we successfully pursue this? 💥 How do we make the curriculum god? 💥 How do we ensure good behaviour in schools? 💥 Why do you think people criticise your way of leading a school? 💥 What does effective Teaching & Learning look like? 💥What are your thoughts on building culture through a house system?
45:44
July 20, 2021
S1E22: Kathryn Morgan & Jade Pearce
Listen we chat with Kathryn Morgan & Jade Pearce. Kathryn Morgan is Head of Leadership Content at the Teacher Development Trust. Kathryn is a former Deputy Head Teacher and MAT Director of Professional Learning and Development. Having previously worked at Ambition Institute as Associate Dean for Learning Design, Kathryn is interested in the instructional design and content of leadership professional development. Kathryn keeps her knowledge and experience of school improvement up-to-date as a Chair of Governors. Jade Pearce is an Assistant Headteacher for Teaching & Learning. Jade also has an NPQH & a Masters in Education. Jade is also a primary school governor and also a member of the Education Endowment Foundation Expert Voicers Group. 💥 Why is CPD so important and what should leaders and colleagues do to make it effective? 💥 Can you give us some insight as to the current priorities of the TDT? 💥 Why should teaching and learning be evidence informed? 💥 “Schools should remove formal individualised written marking from their culture and policies.” What are your views and thoughts on that statement? 💥 How do you encourage staff to become reflective about their own teaching and management? 💥 What strategies would you use to support a member of who is underperforming?
50:27
July 15, 2021
S1E21: The Feedback Pendulum with Michael Chiles
Listen as we chat with Michael Chiles, Associate Assistant Principal, Director of Tech and Innovation, a chartered geographer, a council member of the Chartered College of Teaching but most will know Michael as an influential education author. Michael started his career as an author contributing to Geography textbooks and revision guides but his books ‘The Craft of Assessment’ and ‘The Feedback Pendulum’ have been top sellers on Amazon and you can pre-order ‘The Sweet Spot’ now. 💥 How do you build the correct culture for feedback? 💥 How should teachers feedback to students? 💥 How should we feedback to teachers & colleagues? 💥 Should we scrap parents' evenings? 💥 What should WCF sheets look like? 💬 "We got tangled up with the words marking & feedback...I learnt the hard way where marking became a burden...and just a waste of time." 💬 "I haven't marked a book for years now. Has it had a detrimental impact on learning? No. Not at all." 💬 "Whenever I observe, I just write a narrative of what the teacher is saying and what the pupil is saying." https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feedback-Pendulum-manifesto-enhancing-education/dp/1913622193 
42:52
July 8, 2021
S1E20: Fleur Anderson MP - Member of the Education Select Committee
Listen as we chat with Fleur Anderson MP of the Commons Education Select Committee 💥 Why did Labour vote against the recommendations and findings of the Commons Education Select Committee report into 'White Privilege'? 💥Thoughts on Sir Kevan's resignation & the government's catch up plan 💥 Are Labour really a viable opposition to an increasingly unpopular government and DfE team? 💥 What should schools do about the growing rise in sexual harassment in schools and exposure to online pornography? 💥 What makes great school culture and great schools? We are joined by Fleur Anderson MP. Fleur’s victory was the only gain that Labour made in the 2019 General Election making her entry to the House of Commons even more special. Fleur has already made a name for herself in Whitehall and Parliament as she is a member of the Commons Education Select Committee and now the fifth member of the committee to join us on the podcast. Fleur is also the Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, shadowing former Sec. of State for Education the Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP.
40:30
July 1, 2021
S1E19: Branwen Jeffreys - BBC Education Editor
📰 EXCLUSIVE 📰 Join us as we have the pleasure of interviewing the BBC Education Editor Branwen Jeffreys! Branwen visits thousands of schools and speaks to tens of thousands of students every year and has a great insight into education in the UK. 💥 What is your impartial view on the Govt. catch up plan? 💥 What is your impartial view on the resignation of Sir Kevan's resignation over the catch up plan? Was it inevitable? 💥 What is your impartial assessment of Gavin Williamson's performance as Sec. of State for Education? 💥 What do you think the long term educational legacy will be post covid? 💥 What advice would you give to students who have missed school? Branwen Jeffreys is the education editor of the BBC. Branwen is known for her engaging and analytical style on TV and radio, initially as Health correspondent where she reported from across the world. More recently as education editor, Branwen has been at the forefront of reporting on education throughout the pandemic and has interviewed some of the leading figures in UK education.
43:56
June 24, 2021
S1E18: Ian Mearns MP - Member of Education Select Committee
Listen as we chat with Ian Mearns MP of the Commons Education Select Committee.  💥Thoughts on Sir Kevan's resignation 💥Are the tutoring programmes reaching the right children? 💥Is Labour's plan for education a fanciful wish list?  💥How is Labour going to pay for this fanciful wish list? 💥What other priorities are the Commons Education Select Committee currently working on? 💥How does the Commons Education Select Committee come to a consensus? 💥Is the Commons Education Select Committee strong enough to hold the DfE to account? 💥How should we reform the prison education system? 💥What makes great school culture & ethos? 💥What should we do to prevent teacher burnout? 💥Is Steve Bruce the right man for Newcastle United? 💥Thoughts on taking the knee and England cricketers on social media It is our absolute pleasure to welcome a special guest to the Morethanajob podcast. We are joined by Ian Mearns MP. Ian is the Labour MP for Gateshead having been first elected to Parliament in 2010. Ian has served on multiple Commos committees but has served as a member of the Commons Education Select Committee in successive parliaments. Ian’s passion for education also sees him serving as a Director of the Bishop Wilkinson Education Trust.
43:30
June 12, 2021
S1E17: Ndidi Okezie CEO of UKYouth
Join us for a fascinating episode with Ndidi Okezie the CEO of UKYouth who says there is still so much work to do when it comes to supporting our young people through their educational and life journey. This is such an insightful episode with some major topics tackled and discussed: 💥 How is UKYouth going to ‘unlock’ the potential and skills of Youth Workers to fully support all of those invested in the development of young people? 💥 The importance and power of opportunity & experience outside of the classroom and how it can unlock relationships between teachers and students 💥 How did she react being told that people like her don’t do careers such as Drs, Lawyers & Accountants 💥 Why did Ndidi feel like she didn’t belong at Warwick University & how much an impact did the fact that “…no-one looked like me” have on her? 💥 Is there still institutional racism? 1 year on from George Floyd & 28 years since the Stephen Lawrence murder 💥 Why does Ndidi now refuse to debate her life & lived experiences when talking to the media? 💬 “All young people should be equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute.” 💬“You cannot make a decision because of fear.” 💬“We are not willing to stay in the moment of discomfort & discuss it.” 💬“We’ve admired the problem for too long.” 💬“Young people are watching our behaviour and listening to our narrative.” Ndidi is an advocate of system change, passionate about youth voice, social justice and building sustained opportunities for overlooked and underestimated communities. Ndidi is the CEO of UK Youth, a leading charity to ensure that all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. Prior to this Ndidi has served as Vice President for Pearson Education managing the Secondary Schools Portfolio, served on the DfE Youth Character Education Advisory Group and was an Executive Director of Teach First.
44:59
June 3, 2021
S1E16: David Weston (TDT) 'Unleashing Great Teaching'
Join us for an amazing episode in which David Weston discusses how we can Unleash Great Teaching on #Morethanajob podcast. 💥How do we make more time for CPD? 💥What is culture? 💥What are the ingredients of good schools? 💥Ideas to repurpose directed time 💥What else should the govt. do to support professional development? 💥How can an improvement of working conditions impact on student attainment? David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust. He is Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances on the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBTQ+ issues.
38:45
May 22, 2021
S1E15: Leadership with Andy Buck
Join us for an amazing episode with Andy Buck the man who knows that 'Leadership Matters' and shares his wisdom on #Morethanajob podcast. What is more important - character or competence? What challenges do the media present to school leaders? Why should you always mind your Ps & Qs with Andy Buck? What does it mean to be psychologically safe? What makes a great school? Who told Andy Buck he was too cocky? A geography teacher by trade, Andy went on to become a headteacher for thirteen years at two schools in east London. In the last year of headship, his school was judged outstanding in all categories and Andy was designated a National Leader of Education. In 2009 he become a Director at the National College for School Leadership. He was subsequently responsible for setting up the government's flagship Teaching Schools programme before being appointed as Managing Director at United Learning, one of the country’s largest academy groups. Since 2014, Andy has founded Leadership Matters which aims to improve the educational outcomes for pupils by supporting great leadership development.  Andy has written seven leadership and coaching books, the most recent of which is ‘An Introduction to the BASIC coaching model’.
47:07
May 15, 2021
S1E14: Running the Room with Tom Bennett
Join us for an amazing episode with Behaviour Tsar Tom Bennett who not only 'runs the room' but joins us to run the podcast!! Incredibly insightful to learn about Tom's journey in education, discussing the controversial behaviour hubs, the success of ResearchEd and his expert advice on some behaviour scenarios including breaking up gang cultures.  Tom isn't afraid to give his opinion. Listen as he described Twitter as being similar to Prof X from X-Men, how much of teaching has been based on 'folk teaching', why he upset Game of Thrones fans and his favourite tastes in music! Tom is the founder and director of researchED, a non-profit organisation that runs teacher conferences about research and education. He is the author of several books on teacher training, the most successful of which is Running the Room: the teacher’s guide to behaviour. In 2015 he was appointed the UK government’s independent advisor on school behaviour, or ‘behaviour tsar,’ and is in charge of the Behaviour Hubs program.
39:49
May 9, 2021
S1E13: PTSD with Police Interceptors star Ben Pearson (retired PC 1965)
Join us for an amazing episode in which we talk to Police Interceptors star Ben Pearson (@bs_pearson) about his journey through education, being an interceptor and his struggles with PTSD and his campaign to tackle Mental Health in the police force. Ben is frank, honest and open in this latest episode of #Morethanajob.  Ben is a published author and you can read his book 'Handcuffed Emotions' to get even further insight into his journey or subscribe to his YouTube channel with over 1 MILLION views!
46:36
May 2, 2021
S1E12: Diversity & Inclusivity in Education with Hannah Wilson (@Ethical_Leader)
It is our absolute pleasure to welcome a Hannah Wilson (@Ethical_Leader) to the Morethanajob podcast. Hannah is the founder of the influential WomenEd and DiverseEd movements. Hannah is a DfE coach for the Women Leading in Education initiative and an advocate for flexible working. She specialises in: Diversity, Inclusion and Equality, Professional Learning, Early Career Teachers, Mental Health and Wellbeing. We discuss how we can ensure greater diversity in the education sector. Why is there a lack of diverse leaders in senior positions? Is there deep rooted institutional racism in the educational sector? 
39:51
April 23, 2021
S1E11: Jonathan Gullis MP - Member of the Education Select Committee
Join us as we chat with Jonathan on his journey from the Classroom to the Commons.  *Jonathan calls for Mary Bousted & Kevin Courtney to resign or at least debate him on #Morethanajob *Is there a breakdown in respect in society? *Fundamental British Values *Are universities woke? *Banning mobile phones in schools *PGCEs & teacher training It is our absolute pleasure to welcome a very special guest to the Morethanajob podcast. We are joined by Jonathan Gullis MP. Jonathan was elected as the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke in 2019. Previously he worked as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham. Jonathan was a Head of Year and was responsible for the achievement, behaviour and safety of over 250 students. He oversaw whole school attendance for Years 7 to 11 and was also the school trade union representative for the NASUWT. As a member of the Education Select Committee Jonathan is focused on ensuring that we improve outcomes and chances for students.
48:60
April 16, 2021
S1E10: Jess Phillips MP
Jess Phillips has been Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015. An outspoken critic of the Labour leadership under Jeremy Corbyn, she now sits on the front bench as the shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and safeguarding. Recently to coincide with International Women’s day and the high-profile murder of Sarah Everard, Jess read out the names of 118 women and girls who were killed where a man has been charged as primary perpetrator. Jess has run a campaign which saw children from Birmingham deliver a petition to Downing Street in protest at school cuts and her own father Stewart was a teacher. Join us as we discuss Jess' work as Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence & Safeguarding, growing up as a daughter of a teacher, the protests at Parkfield School, Tom Bennett's behaviour hubs and her general views on education 
31:39
April 10, 2021
S1E9: Edward Timpson CBE MP - Review of School Exclusions
It is our absolute pleasure to welcome a very special guest to the Morethanajob podcast. We are joined by Edward Timpson CBE MP. Edward was elected to Parliament in 2008 becoming the first Conservative to win a by-election since 1982, serving Crewe & Nantwich for 9 years and has since been MP for Eddisbury since 2019. Edward served as Under-Secretary of State for Children & Families from 2012-2015, becoming Minister of the year in 2014 for his commitment to reforms on the age of leaving foster care, which was raised to age 21. Edward then served at Minister of State for Children & Families for David Cameron & Theresa May. Edward was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Education to review school exclusions and published his findings in the extremely influential ‘Timpson Review of School Exclusion’ in May 2019. Join us as we discuss foster care, exclusions, behaviour management, how the DfE works from the inside, PE in schools and who is the greatest manager - Sir Alex Ferguson or Pep Guardiola!!
49:52
April 8, 2021
S1E8: 'Letter to my NQT Self' with Abby Bayford and Natalie Taylor
Join us for a special extended podcast this week as we discuss 'Early Careers Teaching' with Abby Bayford, Director of Institute for Academy Transformation Trust and Natalie Taylor, NQT and future school leader. We discuss dos and dont's of your NQT year, what SLT could do more of, what does a good induction look like, the benefits of the new ECF guidance, what we would order from the pub and Hamilton the musical!!! Abby's book is a must read for all ECT and SLT to make sure we develop our future stars and leaders. It can be bought on Amazon at https://t.co/oENpSG5P4O?amp=1 
50:17
April 2, 2021
S1E7: 'Beyond Wiping Noses' with Sputnik Steve
Listen in as we are joined by Stephen Lane a.k.a. Sputnik Steve, author of the hugely influential book 'Beyond Wiping Noses' (https://amzn.to/3cNz5Da). We discuss behaviour management in schools, should assemblies be focussed on famous people, isolation booths, restorative justice and much more. 
29:04
March 20, 2021
S1E6: Education Room 101
As we are opening our doors to all students from Monday 8th March, we wanted to have some fun and debate some light hearted ideas to forget about the stress. So join the lads as they discuss their education pet peeves and discuss the case for putting these things into 'Room 101' and forever consigned to oblivion!! Do you agree that the following go to 'Room 101'? Back to School small talk  The phrase 'joined up thinking'  Fake promotional videos Pointless copying down of lesson objectives  Badly planned INSET days  In person parents' evenings
22:09
March 6, 2021
S1E5: Back to school #morethanajob
Join us as we discuss & debate the news of the return to school from 8th March, summer school catch up and the GCSE teacher assessed grades. Plenty of debate and opinion in this weeks episode - probably our best yet!! Plenty of back and forth between Daniel & James and Mary Bousted, Head of NEU, is called out for unhelpful comments!
28:43
February 26, 2021
S1E4: Rt. Hon Robert Halfon MP - Chair of the Education Select Committee
It is our pleasure to welcome a very special guest to the #Morethanajob podcast. We are joined by the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the influential Commons Education Select Committee. Mr Halfon entered Parliament in 2010 as MP for Harlow,and has served as the Minister without Portfolio & Deputy Conservative Party Chairman under David Cameron and Minister for Skills at the DfE under Theresa May. He has long championed social justice seeing education as the ladder of opportunity for all. We discuss Robert's passion for education, thoughts on GCSEs & examinations, Covid-catch up plans and his love of Tolkein. 
26:27
February 16, 2021
S1E1: Are there too many students in school? Should teachers be prioritised for vaccination? #morethanajob
Join us as we discuss topical issues in education including the numbers of key worker and vulnerable students in school, teacher vaccinations and the debate of live lessons
20:58
February 10, 2021
S1E3: Should GCSEs ever come back and our greatest moments in teaching #morethanajob
Join us a we discuss topical issues in education including should GCSEs ever come back and greatest moments in teaching.
18:08
February 9, 2021
S1E2: Teacher bashing and the government's record on education during the pandemic #morethanajob
Join us a we discuss topical issues in education including 'teacher bashing' and the government's record on education during the pandemic.
17:24
February 4, 2021