Harris in Conversation
Episode 15: Tom Bennett

Episode 15: Tom Bennett

March 26, 2021

In our fifteenth episode of Harris in Conversation, Oliver Blagden speaks with Tom Bennett: founder and director of ResearchED, and Independent Behaviour Advisor for the Department for Education.  They review his latest books: 'Running the Room' and 'The Running the Room Companion' - essential additions to all educators' Teaching & Learning libraries.  Along the way they discuss some of the challenges and misconceptions around behaviour, some solutions, and why it is that they just can't get enough of 'Mary Poppins Returns.'

Episode 14: Beatrice Garland

Episode 14: Beatrice Garland

February 18, 2021

In our fourteenth episode of Harris in Conversation, Emily Barber speaks with the great Beatrice Garland about her life, her influences and her fantastic poem, 'Kamikaze'. 

Episode 13: Lucy Crehan

Episode 13: Lucy Crehan

February 11, 2021

In our thirteenth episode of Harris in Conversation, Thomas Howells speaks with author, education explorer and international education consultant, Lucy Crehan, who shares her valuable insight into various educational systems from around the world.

Episode 12: Amy Staniforth and Stuart Pryke

Episode 12: Amy Staniforth and Stuart Pryke

January 27, 2021

In our twelfth episode of Harris in Conversation, Oliver Blagden speaks with Amy Staniforth and Stuart Pryke, co-authors of the new bestselling 'Ready to Teach Macbeth: a Compendium of Subject Knowledge, Resources and Pedagogy' -  a must-own for any English department that teach the text.  Stuart and Amy discuss what compelled them to write the book, how they approached their research, and why it is that audiences keep returning to 'The Scottish Play.'

Episode 11: Christian Mba

Episode 11: Christian Mba

November 26, 2020

In our eleventh episode of Harris in Conversation, Laura Mistry speaks with English specialist and motivational speaker Christian Mba, who explains how we can break down cultural barriers for learners, bring our personal experiences to our teaching practice, and, vitally: how we can encourage all pupils to be "the best versions of themselves."

Episode 10: Alex Quigley

Episode 10: Alex Quigley

October 28, 2020

In our tenth episode of Harris in Conversation, Oliver Blagden speaks with educational expert - and author of The Confident Teacher and Closing the Vocabulary Gap - Alex Quigley.  Alex discusses the launch of his new book, Closing the Reading Gap: a research-informed look at the scientific, historical and cultural factors behind reading - as well as key strategies for teachers, leaders and parents, both inside and outside the classroom.

Episode 9: Annabel Neburagho-Bishop, Craig Jackson and Leah Matthews

Episode 9: Annabel Neburagho-Bishop, Craig Jackson and Leah Matthews

July 14, 2020

In our ninth episode of Harris in Conversation, Oliver Blagden speaks with a sample group of Harris Federation English HODs, working in different contexts at different levels of experience, who have developed interesting teaching and learning strategies during lockdown.

Episode 8: Nikki Bhatt

Episode 8: Nikki Bhatt

July 7, 2020

In our eighth episode of Harris in Conversation, Laura Mistry speaks with Nikki Bhatt - SLE for Sutton SCITT and UK collaborator of Doug Lemov's 'Teach Like a Champion' and 'Reading Reconsidered.'  Nikki discusses pedagogical approaches towards feedback, teacher instruction and remote learning, amongst other research-based topics.

Episode 7: Stephen Kelman

Episode 7: Stephen Kelman

July 1, 2020

In our seventh episode of Harris in Conversation, Rhiannon Walls speaks with novelist Stephen Kelman, writer of 2011 novel Pigeon English, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and is now a key text on the GCSE curriculum.  Stephen discusses Pigeon English - its prevalent themes, its exploration of key societal issues - and why he felt compelled to write it.

Episode 6: Ronke Ayoola

Episode 6: Ronke Ayoola

June 26, 2020

In our sixth episode of Harris in Conversation, Oliver Blagden speaks with Ronke Ayoola, Senior Programme Director of Debate Mate, an organisation that helps young people to find their voices through comprehensive debating training.  Ronke discusses the importance of Speaking & Listening on the curriculum, why young people are increasingly speaking out, and - importantly - how we as educators can empower them to do so.

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