MET Pod podkast



The official CPD podcast for Maiden Erlegh Trust staff, by Maiden Erlegh Trust staff!

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    Season 2, Episode 4: Creating the conditions for our most vulnerable students to thrive - Luke Baker


    In this week's episode of MET Pod, Sara Elliss, Director of Standards and Continuous Improvement across the Trust, is joined by Luke Baker, Special Educational Needs and Vulnerable Groups Manager at Cranbury College, to discuss how we can create the conditions for our most vulnerable students to thrive in the school environment. Luke draws on his wealth of experience to share how staff at Cranbury support vulnerable students with EHCPs to build their trust in the school system and realise and achieve their potential. This unique episode of MET Pod is not to be missed! 
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    Season 2, Episode 3: Thriving as a new teacher - Leah Shepherd


    In this week's episode of MET Pod, Leah Shepherd, History Teacher at Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge, reflects on life as a new teacher and offers a range of invaluable tips and tricks to help you thrive - not just survive - in your first years in the profession! Join us to hear Leah's advice on everything from managing behaviour to achieving a healthy work-life balance...
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    Season 2, Episode 2: Utilising Gesture and Movement in the Classroom - Laura Ashton


    In this week's episode of MET Pod, Laura Ashton, Geography Teacher at Maiden Erlegh School, explores the possibilities of using gesture and movement in the classroom. Laura shares the fruits of her wide-ranging research into how gesture and movement can aid students' cognition, understanding of abstract concepts, and improve recall and mastery of topics within a spiral curriculum.  To find out more about this topic, take a look at some of the articles mentioned by Laura in this episode... Donnelly JE, Lambourne K. Classroom-based physical activity, cognition, and academic achievement. Prev Med. 2011 Jun;52 Suppl 1:S36-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.01.021. Epub 2011 Jan 31. PMID: 21281666. Goldin-Meadow S. (2011). Learning through gesture. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science, 2(6), 595–607. Goldin-Meadow, S., & Beilock, S. L. (2010). Action’s Influence on Thought: The Case of Gesture. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6), 664–674. Hudson, M “Students who gesture during learning ‘grasp’ concepts better - Hand movement appears to help in teaching about statistical models” American Scientific 13 April 2021. Johnson-Glen-berg et al  (2014). Collaborative Embodied Learning in Mixed Reality Motion-Capture Environments: Two Science Studies. Journal of Educational Psychology. 106. 86. 10.1037/a0034008. Kang, S., & Tversky, B. (2016). From hands to minds: Gestures promote understanding. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 1(1), 4. Lethaby, C.  “Four reasons to avoid 'learning styles' – and one alternative”  British Council 18 October 2017 Sankey, M., Birch, D. & Gardiner, M. (2010). Engaging students through multimodal learning environments: The journey continues. In C.H. Steel, M.J. Keppell, P. Gerbic & S. Housego (Eds.), Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010 (pp.852-863). Wagner Cook S, KuangYi Yip T, Goldin-Meadow S, “Gesturing makes memories that last”, Journal of Memory and Language, Volume 63, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 465-475, Zhang, I., Givvin, K.B., Sipple, J.M., Son, J.Y. and Stigler, J.W. (2021), Instructed Hand Movements Affect Students’ Learning of an Abstract Concept From Video. Cogn Sci, 45: e12940.
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    Season 2, Episode 1: Embracing Music Technology - Matt Bell


    Season 2 of MET Pod kicks off with Matt Bell, Teacher of Music at Maiden Erlegh School! Join Matt and our host, Rob Buck, to discover the potential of introducing music technology software into the Music curriculum and embracing the diverse opportunities it can offer our students. Don't miss Matt's invaluable advice and guidance on securing funding for software, integrating music technology into the existing curriculum, and developing your own subject knowledge about this innovative and ever-expanding sector of music education.
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    Episode 15: Developing Primary Science - Charlotte Ajowole


    Join Charlotte Ajowole, Key Stage 2 Phase Leader at Great Hollands Primary School, for an insight into how Great Hollands have transformed their Science curriculum to create a rigorous and inspiring learning journey for students right from the moment they enter the school. In this discussion with our CEO, Mary Davies, Charlotte reflects on the importance of using scientific enquiries, creating cross-curricular links with literacy and numeracy, and ensuring learning is sequenced and based on clear progression models.  If you would like to follow up any of the references mentioned by Charlotte, do check out... Mary Myatt, The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to Coherence (2018)
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    Episode 14: Transforming Students' Writing - Nicky Watson


    In this episode our CEO, Mary Davies, is joined by Nicky Watson, Assistant Headteacher at Great Hollands Primary School, to discuss the range of strategies she has used to transform students' writing! Nicky not only shares the comprehensive whole-school writing approach that Great Hollands have worked to develop, but also reflects eloquently on the process of initiating, managing, and sustaining long-term change within an organisation.  If you would like to follow up any of the references mentioned by Nicky, do check out the links below... Pie Corbett writing techniques: Kotter's 8 Step Process for Leading Change: 
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    Episode 13: Implementing the 'Recovery Curriculum' - Laura Hawkins


    In this week's episode of MET Pod, we are joined by Laura Hawkins, Class Teacher at Great Hollands Primary School, to explore Barry Carpenter's concept of the 'Recovery Curriculum'. We discuss a range of strategies for ensuring that our students continue to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally now that they are back in school, and consider how we can embed aspects of the 'Recovery Curriculum' in our long-term and whole-school planning.  Take a look at the following links to find out more about Carpenter and the 'Recovery Curriculum':
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    Episode 12: Cultivating Your Personal Brand - Rob Buck


    In this week's episode of MET Pod, we are joined by Rob Buck - Assistant Headteacher at Maiden Erlegh School, Trust Lead for Careers and Destinations, the Trust Lead for Higher Ability Provision, and the Director of the Teaching School. We discuss the concept of 'personal brand' and how colleagues in a range of roles can cultivate this effectively, whatever stage they are at in their careers. Packed with insights from Rob's wealth of experiences and reflections, this episode is a must-listen for all staff! 
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    Episode 11: Engaging students in Science - Katy Hardman


    In this week's episode of MET Pod, Katy Hardman, Head of Science at Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge, shares the wide range of strategies she has used to engage students in Science from the moment they step into the classroom in Year 7! Join us to hear Katy's invaluable reflections on how sequencing, practicals, and embracing the academic rigour of a subject can help students to embrace the intricacies of the curriculum.
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    Episode 10: Effective recall and retrieval in the Modern Foreign Languages classroom - Ana Bruna & Gianluca Raso


    Join us for a MET Pod roundtable discussion on effective recall and retrieval in the Modern Foreign Languages classroom! This week we are joined by Ana Bruna, MFL Teacher at Maiden Erlegh School, and Gianluca Raso, Curriculum Leader for Spanish at Maiden Erlegh School and for pedagogy in MFL across the Trust. Ana and Gianluca share a fantastic range of strategies for embedding recall and retrieval within lessons, consider the extent to which successful recall and retrieval are products of curriculum sequencing, and offer top tips for teachers looking to develop their practice in this area. With such wide-ranging and innovative recommendations, this is a must listen for all staff, not only our MFL colleagues! Take a look at these resources if you are interested in following up the references made by Ana and Gianluca: Chiles, M., The CRAFT of Assessment: A whole school approach to assessment for learning (2020)  Gianfranco Conit's blog: Jones, K., Retrieval Practice: research and resources for every classroom (2019) Steve Smith's blog:

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