10 with Zen

10 minute conversations with passionate school leaders about challenges and best practice

In pursuit of wellbeing with Maria Brosnan

For this episode, Helen speaks with Maria Brosnan, founder of Pursuit Wellbeing and author of The Pursuit of Sleep, exploring school leader stress, sleep rituals and the practice of gratitude along the way.

Creating space for mental fitness with Fika

For this episode, we had the pleasure of inviting Nick Bennett, CEO of Fika. Nick spoke with Helen about mental wellbeing in schools, the origins of Fika, and the way in which modern society perceives mental and physical fitness.

Teachers on my journey as a child refugee with Gulwali Passarlay

For this extended episode of 10 with Zen, host Helen Woodward talks with Gulwali Passarlay, an Afghan political refugee living in the UK, about his experience of arriving in England, how education in Bolton brought hope and opportunity, and praised the teachers who made small but meaningful gestures that left a powerful, lasting impression.

Inclusive, accessible theatre with Ros Norford

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, Helen chatted with Ros Norford, a Manchester-based Creative Practitioner and creator/director of Aleiah’s Adventure.

Early Career Framework with Sam Twiselton

What do schools and teachers need to know about the 2-year Early Career Framework? In our podcast, Helen Woodward talked with Professor Sam Twiselton OBE and Lynsey Hunter from Sheffield Hallam University about building a community of practice, and how we can measure success over the next few years.

Easing Primary to Secondary Transitions with Chris Foley

In preparation of Year 6s moving on to secondary school after summer, host Helen Woodward sat down with Chris Foley (Headteacher at St. Monica’s Roman Catholic High School and CEO Designate of the St. Teresa’s of Calcutta Catholic Academy Trust) to talk about how schools can help transitioning children feel more comfortable in their new environment.

Inspiring Careers in STEM with Lynne Bianchi & Charly Pearce

Ahead of 2021’s Great Science Share for Schools on the 15th of June, we wanted to dig deep into science and technology education in schools, and find out how we can all inspire and encourage children to explore their interest in STEM early on.

What Works in Wellbeing? with Nancy Hey

Helen Woodward talked with Nancy Hey, Executive Director of What Works Wellbeing, about the definition of 'wellbeing', and what it means for schools.

Leading Effective Children’s Safeguarding with Cognus

For episode 5 of our podcast series 10 with Zen, we talked with Hayley Cameron (Education Safeguarding Manager) and Jo Cassey (Managing Director) from Cognus about safeguarding during the pandemic.

Teacher Training in Bhutan with Dr. Phuntsho Dolma

Last week, as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, we hosted a podcast on Teacher Training in Bhutan with the brilliant Dr. Phuntsho Dolma, a national leader of teacher training in Bhutan and Associate Professor at The Royal University of Bhutan.

Teacher Training Through a Pandemic with Rob Caudwell

For this episode, Helen Woodward talks with Rob Caudwell, Leader of Oasis Innovation Teaching School and Co-founder of Penrose Education. Rob touches on the learning that’s informed his decisions on teacher training since COVID-19 began, as well as supporting ITT trainees, assessing trainees as they teach online, and why schools “need mentors now more than ever”.

Inclusion, Not Exclusion with Angela Holdsworth

For this episode, Helen chatted with Angela Holdsworth. As well as being CEO of the Seaview Trust in North West England, Angela is a Regional Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Leader for nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs), and a Teaching Schools Council Regional Representative. Available now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more.

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