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Nov 27, 2016

Michelle Thomas is speaking at the TES Leaders Summit at Bett 2017 and organising TeachMeet Resolution both in January 2017, London. 

What's in this episode?

Intro 0-2.30:
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Interview with:
Michelle Thomas, executive head teacher of the New Wave Federation
Neill Melville, CAS master teacher, federated assistant head teacher, New Wave Federation
The concept of Federation
The role of the Executive Head Teacher
How to get mentorship or support when there's no Executive Head teacher structure in place
Being a connected educator
Suggested apps for use in the classroom
Ensuring tech for good and not extending the attainment gap

Sample Quotations:

Michelle Thomas
Federation is about schools working together, achieving more, sharing leadership and talents.
I don't want my staff to see themselves in a bubble of perfection.
I found bright children completely disengaged with learning
I like systems in place.
It's a tough life being a teacher.
Being a head teacher is quite a lonely job. The hardest thing is the loneliness. Search networks is useful. Having mentors is very important as a head teacher
I am a big believer of learning from other people. That's the beauty of Federations and Academies. Leadership makes the difference.
I started to see iPads as the hook. We put them in the classroom. It did create a spark of interest in children.
We wanted the iPad to make learning independent and get them to collaborate, work together. Take learning to another place, that we teachers couldn't.
Don’t use an iPad if it's much quicker on pen and paper! Think about the use of the technology, don’t have it replacing something. Because that's not going to take it anywhere.
An appraisal system around the use of technology was key for us, not an extra add-on.
Show-casing was a quick-win that allowed us to create a competent digital team. They showed what they were able to do with technology in the classroom.

Neill Melville

  • Teach computer science in schools. Not only how to use technology but also how to create technology.
  • Coding? It's important. It is the thinking aspect of it that it is important, computational thinking can be used in other subjects.
  • Computer science should be taught in a cross curricular way.
  • Technology gives you the chance to show your work to a wide audience and children want to excel.



Michelle Thomas, Executive Headteacher of the New Wave Federation NLE 

New Wave Teaching School 

John Hattie 

Alison Peacock 

Andy Buck


Explain Everything 

Green Screen 

Pop Pop Pow 


Mark Anderson, ICTEvangelist 

The Brilliant Club 

TeachMeet Resolutions 

Digital Sisters 

Gary King 

Claire Bradshaw 

Jane Considine 

Neill Melville 


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  • two and a half years ago
    Sophie Bailey
    Thanks Richard! I'm glad you are enjoying it and the links. I will try to continue to think of ways to share the information. For example, you can check out the reading recommendations of guests here:

    I will check out the links, thanks for sharing :)

    Keep the comments coming!
  • two and a half years ago
    Richard Smith
    This is a really useful podcast. I like the way the links are listed too. Some more info about apps I use is given here and via Best wishes. Richard Smith.

    Adam Foster has some useful ideas too
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