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The Professionals podcast


Welcome to The Professionals, a podcast hosted by the Professional Studies team in the IoE at St Mary's University.

Throughout the episodes, the team will consider a range of topics and host a variety of guests to explore the current educational landscape. Broken down into sections, each episode will contain reflections, key updates and discussion. We hope you enjoy listening! Find us on Twitter @PS_StMarys.


Episode one: Starting the new year

In our first episode, we consider starting a new academic year, reflecting on our own experiences and offering our thoughts on how to make the best start with your new classes. We also speak with a SENDCo to discuss how class teachers can support all individuals to have a great experience in their new classroom.  Listen to the podcast.


Minisode one (Danny Diaz)

In our first minisode, we are focusing on supporting our pupils with English as an additional language. Danny Diaz, Assistant Head for EAL at Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School, talks to Mandy Byrne about his experience and provides strategies and guidance for teachers to take into their classroom. Listen to the podcast


Episode two: Wellbeing and workload

Episode 2 brings with it the theme of wellbeing and workload at what is a busy part of the school year for many! The team reflect on their own experiences in school as the autumn term draws to a close and the magic of celebrating the season with your class. We talk to our wellbeing expert, Jenny Murray, to gain a deeper insight into the topic and get some top tips for protecting your own wellbeing at busy times of year.  Listen to the podcast.

Minisode two: Dr Amy Strachan

Our second minisode welcomes Dr Amy Strachan, an expert in sustainability and climate education. In this podcast, we discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by climate education alongside some helpful advice and practical tips for embedding this important topic into your curriculum. Listen to the podcast.