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Each week I explore a big question with someone I consider brilliant. I ask questions to help us learn from them, and others to help us learn about them. It gets pretty deep at times and funny at others... Perhaps YOU could be my brilliant person one week? Tweet me @PookyH to suggest yourself or someone you’d love me to talk to.
 
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Today’s question is: “Is there really always a reason behind bad behaviour?” I’m in conversation with Suzie Hayman: Agony aunt Woman magazine, trustee Family Lives, patron Unique Kidz, accredited parenting practitioner, counsellor, author and broadcaster. LINKS: Website: http://www.agony-aunt.com Books (31 of them!): https://smile.amazon.co.uk/s?k=…
 
Today’s question is: How can we create a world in which no one is held back by mental health problems? I’m in conversation with Miranda Wolpert. Miranda is the Director of Mental Health at the Wellcome Trust and a professor at UCL. Wellcome photography prize entry: https://wellcome.org/our-work/wellcome-photography-prize/2021 All in the Mind Awards…
 
Today’s question is “How is a trauma informed relational approach supporting schools post COVID?” and I’m in conversation with Molly MacLeod and Anna Gregory. Links: http://www.restoreourschools.com http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/restorative-practice https://peacemakers.org.uk Anna’s linkedin: - https://www.linkedin.com/in/annagregorys/…
 
Today’s question is “How can adults help to build emotional wellbeing and confidence in children” and I’m in conversation with Sarah Gilbert. Website: http://www.sarahrgilbert.co.uk LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-gilbert-81370427/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahrgilbert88 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahrgilbert88/…
 
Today’s question is “What is solutions focused coaching and how could it drive down exclusions? ” and I’m in conversation with Geoff James. Links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrGeoffJames42 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffrey-james-7884215a/ Website http://www.thesolutionsfocusedcoach.com Book: G James 2016 “Transforming behaviour in th…
 
Today I’m in conversation with Val Bolam and our question is ‘How does Western education impact on the mental health of our young people. Could it be time for change?’ Val is a specialist Teaching Assistant, with a training background in social care, she has worked in both main stream and special school settings, across all key stages supporting st…
 
Welcome to Pooky Ponders, the podcast where I explore big questions with brilliant people. Today’s question is How can schools build children's healthy coping skills and self-esteem and I’m in conversation with Jo Morton-Brown. Links: Website: https://www.weareflourish.co.uk/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFB1XwKcbymlIJCzyeo6eg LinkedI…
 
Today’s question is What are some common misunderstandings about autism and I’m in conversation with Andrew Edwards. Links: Website: http://www.andrewedwardsautism.co.uk Book: I’ve Got a Stat for You- My Life with Autism - https://amzn.to/3mCNwx6 Andrew’s interview with John Humphrys on BBC Radio Four Today on Easter Saturday 2015 that led to my pu…
 
Today’s question is What drives us to read (and write) really twisted stories? And I’m in conversation with best selling author Mark Edwards Links: Mark’s books: https://amzn.to/3lkejxi Twitter: https://twitter.com/mredwards Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markedwardsauthor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks Website: https://w…
 
Today’s question is "Could rap be the antidote to stigma when it comes to mental illness?" And I’m in conversation with Emma Charlton and Joel McIlven Here’s a link to the Stress on the Brain rap video that inspired our conversation: https://tinyurl.com/Stressonthebrain Other links: The school Joel works for, where the students who recorded the Str…
 
Today’s question is “How can we recognise and respond to panic disorder in teenagers?” and I’m in conversation with Polly Waite Website: https://research.reading.ac.uk/andy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/pollywaite and https://twitter.com/AnDY_Res_Clin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/polly-waite-4479b28a/ PANDA study: https://research.reading.…
 
Welcome to Pooky Ponders, the podcast where I explore big questions with brilliant people. I’m Pooky Knightsmith and I’m your host. Welcome to Pooky Ponders, the podcast where I explore big questions with brilliant people. I’m Pooky Knightsmith and I’m your host. Today’s question is “How can we help more men speak up about rape?” and I’m in convers…
 
Today’s question is “How can we use psychology's secrets to boost our wellbeing?” and I’m in conversation with Aidan Harvey-Craig Book: https://amzn.to/2YkGcMK LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aidan-harvey-craig-29205b190/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/psychologyhack Website: https://www.wellbeinghacks.org Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/chann…
 
Today’s question is “What does every teacher need to know about neuroplasticity and learning?” and I’m in conversation with Jennifer A Hawkins Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenhawk6248 Website: https://www.jahawkins.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindartpaintings LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jennifer-a-hawkins-8880b6164/ Book: …
 
Today’s question is “What do recycled flower bottle sculptures have to do with wellbeing?” and I’m in conversation with Kat Hall. For over 15 years Kat has been running bespoke art workshops in schools and the local community through her company Arts Generation. Kat is a mixed media artist and is committed to providing creative, meaningful and exci…
 
Today’s question is “What is selective mutism and how can we help?” and I’m in conversation with Gino Hipolito. Links: Gino’s webinar for school staff (running on 20th & 27th October 2020): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/selective-mutism-awareness-in-schools-tickets-121223283103 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GinoSHipolito Organisations supporting SM…
 
Today’s question is “Men don’t talk about mental health: myth or masculine trait?” and I’m in conversation with Tim Boughton Tim left the military in 2008 having been both an Army Officer and a Commando Pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. Since leaving in 2008 he has been in the financial sector in London where he has looked after the interests of some of …
 
Today’s question is “Does 'inspiration porn' fuel imposter syndrome for disabled people?” and I’m in conversation with Charlotte Claydon “I'm 32 years old and live in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and use a powered wheelchair to get around. I also have an assistance dog called Lexi, trained through the charity 'Canine P…
 
Today’s question is “How can you survive and thrive after a toxic workplace” and I’m in conversation with Lynn McCann Lynn is an independent autism specialist, author and trainer who started her own business after a difficult experience of being bullied at work. Seven years later, what has she learned? Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReachoutASC Websi…
 
Today’s question is “What part do the creative arts have to play in the catchup curriculum?” and I’m in conversation with Helen Pitchford Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebuddhaplaytherapist/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilbuddhaplay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littlebuddhaplayandcreativeartstherapy/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin…
 
Welcome to Pooky Ponders, the podcast where I explore big questions with brilliant people. I’m Pooky Knightsmith and I’m your host. Today’s question is “What’s it like to design a school from the ground up?” and I’m in conversation with Adam Dabin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-dabin-06aa0712b/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdamDabin Web…
 
Today’s question is “What can the rest of the world learn from the Scottish approach to ACEs?” and I’m in conversation with Laura McConnell. Laura is a teacher who has worked for over a decade in Scottish mainstream primary schools, most recently in a Support for Learning capacity. As an adult, Laura was diagnosed as Autistic and ADHD. She is passi…
 
Today’s question is “How can we support school staff mental health” and I’m in conversation with Amy Sayer Book: https://amzn.to/2PKGgAC Twitter: https://twitter.com/amysayer2010 Blog: https://amysayerwrites.wordpress.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amysayer/By Dr Pooky Knightsmith
 
Today’s question is “How do you go from elective mutism to public speaking?” and I’m in conversation with Caroline Harroe. Caroline Harroe is a cofounder of Harmless and one of its Directors. Now working as the CEO she is also a qualified and accredited humanistic and CBT psychotherapist, delivering direct therapeutic help to people that self harm.…
 
Today’s question is “What practical steps can we all take to avoid everyday racism and where might we go wrong?” and I’m in conversation with Ann Marie Christian Ann Marie is an award-winning International Safeguarding Consultant. Website: http://annmariechristian.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Annmariechild LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/…
 
Today’s question is “How can technology help us to help people?” and I’m in conversation with Jonathan Singer, President of the American Association of Suicidology, Host of the longest standing podcast for social workers and many other things besides (his bio is astounding!) Follow Jonathan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/socworkpodcast Jonathan's …
 
Today’s question is “How can we empower girls to be fiercely independent?” and I’m in conversation with Beth Dawson Beth is a teacher of drama who has worked in a range of schools since starting teaching twenty years ago. Now as Head of Sutton High School, within the Girls’ Day School Trust, she feels she has the best job in the world. Twitter: htt…
 
Today’s question is “Do creativity and confidence always go hand in hand? ” and I’m in conversation with Lucy Sicks. Lucy, is CEO and Founder of LIFEbeat an organisation which builds creative programme communities to nurture the wellbeing of young people. She previously enjoyed a full career in the arts, where in her final role as Director of The L…
 
Today’s question is “What is the role of the charity sector in rooting out racism?” and I’m in conversation with Kadra Abdinasir Kadra joined the Organising Committee of #CharitySoWhite in November 2019 and works with the team to lead conversations about racism in the charity sector and promote change. She is currently Head of Children and Young Pe…
 
Today’s question is “How much of ourselves should we bring to the workplace?” and I’m in conversation with Lisa Cherry Lisa brings over 30 years experience of working in Education and Social Work settings and a 30-year journey of personal recovery from a fractured childhood. Lisa's own recovery journey brought about her taking the time to qualify a…
 
Today’s question is “How can boarding schools support children returning to school after lockdown?” and I’m in conversation with Sue Baillie Sue is the Head of Queen Margaret’s School, York. Website: http://queenmargarets.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/bailliesue & https://twitter.com/QueenMargarets link LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-…
 
Today’s question is “How can we let go of our 'adultness' and play?” and I’m in conversation with Greg Bottrill Greg Bottrill is an education author and childhood advocate. A former Early Years leader and assistant Headteacher, Greg is the author of two books 'Can I Go and Play Now?' and 'School and the Magic of Children' both of which explore the …
 
Today’s question is "How Does Losing Your Sight Affect How You Feel?" and I’m in conversation with Kate Holden. Kate Holden is a SENDCo who works across her local authority where she has set up nurture bases, worked across specialist provisions, pupil referral units and speech and language bases. She lost her sight for several years in her twenties…
 
Today’s question is “Does the COVID context mean children are less safe right now?” and I’m in conversation with Elizabeth Rose. Elizabeth is an experienced safeguarding practitioner, adviser and trainer. She has over 15 years’ experience working in education and was formerly a Designated Safeguarding Lead in a secondary school. She is currently an…
 
Today’s question is “Why do some kids misbehave?” and I’m in conversation with Meic Griffiths who leads the primary and secondary response to behavioural management for the Royal Borough of Greenwich - providing assessment, outreach and nurture throughout the primary phase and the main SEMH provision for some of the most vulnerable pupils both with…
 
Today’s question is “How could we better support young people leaving care?”and I’m in conversation with Ceira Walsh a recent care leaver in Jersey who WILL become the director of children’s services in Jersey one day. You’ll gather from the interview that Ceria has a special place in my heart; She or I would love to hear from anyone listening in w…
 
Today's question is "how should we talk to children about grief and loss?" and I'm in conversation with Amanda Seyderhelm an experienced play therapist and enables affected children to make sense of their feelings and to find a comfortable way to express themselves and their worries through their natural language of play. Amanda is the author of He…
 
Today I’m in conversation with Anthony McCann - his main work is as a specialist ADHD Coach and Trainer for ADHD awareness. He also works internationally as a public speaker. He was diagnosed with Adult ADHD at the age of 44 and believes passionately that a deeper understanding of how the ADHD brain-body works can lead us to helpfully transform our…
 
Today’s question is 'how can you be a good friend to someone who is suicidal?' and I’m in conversation with Joe Hayman who is the managing director at the Holocaust Education Trust; but for the context of this conversation he’s here as my friend. If you've followed me for any time, you'll have heard me talk about Joe. He's been an incredible friend…
 
Today’s question is: How can we support children with special needs to return to school? And I’m in conversation with: Kat Lang, Senior Vice Principal at Dixons Kings Academy, a secondary school in inner Bradford. Kat kindly shared some resources she referred to in the podcast which she is happy for you to download and use: Blank Strategy Bank Mode…
 
In today’s episode I’m exploring the question ‘How can schools take a trauma informed approach post pandemic?’ with Stuart Guest. Stuart has over 13 years’ experience as a head teacher and is a father of a birth child and two adopted children. He has developed trauma friendly approaches at his school and has seen the positive impact this can have o…
 
Rachel has won two Paralympic gold medals. Rachel has had both legs amputated. I wanted to explore with her how these two things shape and impact on her life. We covered a lot of ground during the conversation with lots of deep moments, and a little dark humour thrown in for good measure too as well as some ideas for how we can better support peopl…
 
In today’s episode I’m in conversation with Jodi Smitten, an expert in autism and we explore the question ‘what is autistic masking and why does it matter? Jodie says: “I have worked in the field of autism since the age of 17 where worked in a respite home for children with complex medical conditions and learning disabilities as a support worker. A…
 
In episode 11 of Dancing in the Rain with Pooky I talk to James Hilton, an ex-head about work related stress and how to manage it in a school environment, I highlight the great work being done by Mark Hillyer at PathHill Outdoor Education Centre, I explore the use of poetry as a tool for talking and I find out about Time to Change's new campaign to…
 
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