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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey.

On this week's programme I speak to Katie Ashford who is Deputy Head and Director of Inclusion at Michaela Community School in Wembley Park London. Her blog is called Tabula Rasa. We talk about school culture and other aspects of teaching. In the course of our discussion Katie mentions how she is inspired by people such as Rafe Esquith and Erin Gruwell.

  • Different kinds of school culture
  • Identifying problems in a school
  • Changing School Culture
  • Why teaching is tiring
  • The kind of records UK teachers need to keep
  • Marking children’s work
  • The approach used by teachers in Michaela Community School: teacher as authority

 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to my friend and former colleague, Professor Anne O'Gara. Professor O'Gara was President of Marino Institute of Education from 2006 to 2018. Prior to that she taught in primary schools for several years before becoming Assistant National Coordinator of the Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme, and subsequently an inspector at the Department of Education and Skills. In this first part of our interview we focused on leadership in education. Among the topics discussed were:

  • Entering an institution as a new leader
  • Identifying priorities as a leader
  • Bringing about Change and Resistance to Change
  • Doing courses, lifelong learning and coaching
  • Developing new courses
  • Changing your leadership style
  • 360-degree feedback
  • Preparing for difficult conversations
  • Partnerships with stakeholders
  • What she misses and does not miss about the work
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This week I speak to my colleague in Marino Institute of Education, Dr. Denis Robinson, about leadership in education and specifically leadership in Christian Education. Denis Robinson is the Coordinator of the Masters in Education Studies course, Leadership in Christian Education, a degree accredited by Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Among the topics we discuss in the interview are:

  • His conception of leadership
  • What leader inspires him
  • The value of daily reflection for leaders
  • The course he offers on Leadership in Christian Education at the Marino Institute of Education
  • How he has learned about educational leadership from Parker Palmer
  • What is distinctive about leadership in Christian Education
  • What school is for

This is the final Inside Education in the current series. A new series will begin in October 2018.

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This week I am joined by University College Dublin School of Education Professor, Ciaran Sugrue, to discuss child-centred education, school leadership and educational research in Ireland. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Children-centred education
  • Lack of mobility for teachers
  • Privileging good relations in school
  • Unmasking school leadership
  • Continuous professional development – changes over the last two decades
  • Despite Ireland's size, how schools vary a lot
  • The value of teachers collaborating on projects
  • His tenure as editor of Irish Educational Studies
  • His thoughts about educational research in Ireland
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This week I speak to the Chairperson of the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Adrienne Webb, about the new Leaving Certificate course in Computer Science and other matters.

During the interview we discuss how CESI has been working with various players, such as the NCCA and the PDST, to facilitate the smooth introduction of the syllabus; Adrienne tells us about how she became interested in technology; she discusses resources for teaching computer science; and she describes her approach to working with technology in school.

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