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Informal but informative.... Dr Pooky Knightsmith explore big questions with brilliant people each week with a wide range of topics related to education and mental health. Sometimes it's deep, sometimes it's funny, it will always make you think. Tweet @PookyH with feedback or suggestions for future guests or questions.
 
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Today’s question is: Why do children need to feel they belong and how can adults support? I’m in conversation with Sarah Dove Sarah is a qualified teacher who has worked in PRU and AP settings for the last 19 years, including psychiatric inpatient care settings. Sarah’s new book is ‘Behaving Together, a teacher’s guide to nurturing behaviour.’ LINK…
 
Today’s question is: How can we build bridges between home and school for children with additional needs? I’m in conversation with Ginny Bootman Ginny is a SENCO of 2 Primary schools in Northamptonshire. She is also an advocate for the role which empathy plays in promoting home ,school links for children with additional needs. LINKS: Website: https…
 
Today’s question is: What can adults do to make the pain a child feels after losing a parent a little more bearable? I’m in conversation with Ian & Phoebe Gilbert Ian and his daughter Phoebe contributed to the book Independent Thinking on Loss and Phoebe has set up an enterprise with support from Prince's Trust all about helping schools help young …
 
Today’s question is: Why would knowing more about dying be good for us all? I’m in conversation with Kathryn Mannix who is a retired palliative care doctor and end of life conversations campaigner. LINKS: Website: https://withtheendinmind.co.uk Book: https://amzn.to/3tlY2fK Twitter: https://twitter.com/drkathrynmannix If you enjoy listening to this…
 
Today’s question is: How can we ensure children are happy, safe and engaged? I’m in conversation with Paul Hodgkinson Executive Principal of Bolton Impact Trust. Multi-Academy Trust which comprises one Special School and four Alternative Provision Academies. We look after 300 children who aren't currently accessing mainstream education. LINKS: Webs…
 
Today’s question is: To what extent could gaps in learning affect chances in later life? I’m in conversation with Victoria Carr “I am a mum, a headteacher, an army reservist, an academic doctor, a part time lecturer ...” LINKS: Website: http://www.woodlands.cheshire.sch.uk TedX talk: https://youtu.be/H_Nh2UWMv8A If you enjoy listening to this episo…
 
Today’s question is: How can students look after their mental health at University? I’m in conversation with Nic Hooper Dr Nic Hooper is a Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of the West of England, and his book "The Unbreakable Student" will be out in July of this year. LINKS: Website: https://www.nichooper.co.uk Book: https://amzn.to/…
 
Today’s question is: How can we build effective learning relationships with every student? I’m in conversation with Kevin Hewitson Kevin Hewitson has over 40 years of experience in teaching and has held pastoral and subject lead roles as well as having been an assistant principal responsible for teaching and learning strategies. His aim has always …
 
Today’s question is: “Why is it so hard to talk about feelings with the people we love?” I’m in conversation with Jen Dunning & Mark Baker. Jen and Mark know each other from volunteering with the Samaritans and wrote and designed the book ‘Vouchers'. Mark is a graphic designer and author with previous experience as a nursery nurse. Jen, a previous …
 
Today’s question is: How can we enable teenagers to make sense of an uncertain world? I’m in conversation with Claire Ward and James Galpin Jamie Galpin is a Developmental Psychologist with a special interest in putting research into practice. Clare Ward is a Speech and Language Therapist with a special interest in social communication. Together th…
 
Today’s question is: Why does loneliness matter and how can we build connection, community and belonging? I’m in conversation with Iona Lawrence. In 2016 Iona set up the Jo Cox Foundation in memory of her friend Jo Cox MP with her family. As founding Director of the Foundation Iona brought people together to campaign on the issues Jo had championed…
 
Today’s question is: Why does touch have so many benefits when combined with story? I’m in conversation with Mary Atkinson. Mary is a Therapist, author, writer and tutor. She is co-founder of the Story Massage Programme. Complementary Therapist of the Year 2020. LINKS: Website: https://www.storymassage.co.uk Book:Once Upon a Touch - story massage: …
 
Today’s question is: Should special interests be encouraged? I’m in conversation with Richard Semmens. Richard is an Autistic/ADHD social entrepreneur, supporting autistic children to show their true potential. He runs "All Aboard Club" which provides inclusive play sessions, 1-to-1 mentoring and workshops for parents to help people understand thei…
 
Today’s question is: Why do teenagers grunt (and how can we engage them in learning?) I’m in conversation with Adele Bates Adele works with teachers, school leaders and educators who are struggling to engage pupils with challenging behaviour; who want to create inclusive classrooms where learning is the focus. LINKS: Website: https://adelebateseduc…
 
Today’s question is: How can we engage learners who lack confidence and motivation I’m in conversation with Rachel Thynne Behaviour Outreach teacher, supporting staff when children present with (so- called) 'challenging behaviour' or stressed behaviours. Rachel is currently writing a book for staff to support these children to cope and thrive in sc…
 
Today’s question is: How important is creativity for wellness? I’m in conversation with Zohab Zee Khan Zohab is a certified life coach, performance poet, motivational speaker and educator. Zohab has conducted over a thousand poetry and self-development workshops across the globe. He believes creativity is a driving force in the pursuit of wellness.…
 
Today’s question is: How do things change when we define a child by their strengths rather than their diagnoses or challenges? I’m in conversation with Fareeha Amber Sadiq. Dr Fareeha Amber Sadiq also known as Dr Amber is a consultant child and family psychiatrist, systemic practitioner, writer, educator and transformation lead. Dr Amber has been w…
 
Today’s question is: How can we maximise our breathing to help our anxiety and emotions? I’m in conversation with Mel Holliday Mel Holliday started her career in podiatry both medical and surgical. She moved over to managing Chiselwood a bespoke furniture manufacturing company 33 years ago, foundered with her husband Martin. During that time Mel st…
 
Today’s question is: What outcomes most matter for Looked After Children and how can we make a difference? I’m in conversation with Krysta Parsons I have been a teacher for almost 30 years and a Headteacher in three schools. Since 2018 I have worked for Lincolnshire as an Education Adviser leading the Caring2Learn Project focused on improving outco…
 
Today’s question is: Why might letting go be the secret to better student behaviour? I’m in conversation with Mark Goodwin Mark has 20 years experience as a teacher, school leader, trainer and coach. Mark is the founder of Equal Parts Education a company that delivers a turn around programme for permanently excluded students across the Midlands, as…
 
Today’s question is: When it comes to disability and chronic illness, is peer support risky? I’m in conversation with Amy Dickinson. Amy is a former NHS worker, in the last six months Amy has set up online chronic illness support community DoItOurselves, and is working to challenge the role of patients in healthcare provision. LINKS: Website: https…
 
Today’s question is: What should be our parenting priorities right now? I’m in conversation with Nerys Hughes LINKS: Website: https://wholechildtherapy.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/whole-child-therapy-ltd/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wct_team Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OTsouthlondon/ If you enjoy listening to this episode…
 
Today’s question is: How can we tackle the negative culture around sleep? I’m in conversation with Vicki Dawson. Vicki is CEO and Founder of The Sleep Charity. She set the charity up in 2012 in order to support children and their families to get a good night’s sleep. The award winning charity now offers sleep support to all ages. LINKS Website: htt…
 
Today’s question is: “How can Transactional Analysis help improve behaviour and wellbeing?” I’m in conversation with Steve Russell. Steve is passionate about helping people draw out the best in themselves and those they teach/support/lead. His belief in the transformative power of education sees him spending much of his time coming alongside teache…
 
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/…
 
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