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Jan 15, 2017

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What's in this episode?


This week, we’ve got a fascinating chat with Hannah Wilson - a powerhouse in the UK education scene. Hannah has just kicked off her new role as Headteacher Designate of Aureus School, part of the GLF multi academy trust network of over 21 schools in the south of England. Aureus is a brand new school in Oxfordshire which starts in September this year, with a focus on STEAM and collaboration with the community. Hannah also takes on the role of regional director for the Oxfordshire hub and is actively recruiting for the school at the time of publishing this episode. Many of you will also know Hannah as the co-founder of WomenEd, a grass roots network aimed to empower women in the UK education scene which has now launched internationally and most recently in the US. You will also want to check out BAMEEd which launched this week with the aim at increasing diversity. Finally, Hannah’s previous role was as the Professional Learning Consultant Leader at Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance where she was responsible for the CPD needs of thousands of educators.

In this podcast episode, we talk about

  1. Gender equality in education leadership
  2. Launching an edtech community space at the Aureus school
  3. Raising awareness of DFE support and resources
  4. Where Hannah gets her confidence from
  5. Suggested reads and additional leadership networks for educators

 Sample Quotes: 

‘It’s a bit wood for the trees.’
How much contact do you actually have with the schools on what they need?

'I think the focus on coding and computing is great. I want to make sure it is integrated and meaningful. I think having life briefs with industry is very useful. to bring value to the community.

‘I’m a massive advocate in technology, but on the flip side the most powerful presentations are the one where you speak from the heart’


‘We are not looking at other professions on how to retain and develop staff.’

'The highest percentage of people leaving the education system, are women between the ages of 30 and 39. We’ve got all these qualified women, teachers, who aren’t in the system. Why can’t we create flexible roles to get them back into the profession?'

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Martin Post 

Dame Kate Dethridge 

SAT conference - challenges and solutions hannah wilson 
Teach first 

Cracking India

Wide Sargasso Sea

Ama Ata Aidoo - GHANA playwright 

Paradise - Booker Prize, UKC in Kent 

Sue Bishop Music Merton Foundation / Royal Albert Hall


Heads round table

Academies Show 

Science Parks, Oxfordshire 

Nick Corston, SteamCo 

Jaz Ampaw-Farr 

School 21 

Future Leaders

James Toop 

Ashoka Schools

Staff room 

Malcolm Gladwell - the connector

Independent thinking 

Naked Teaching - down tools - “The Teaching Naked Cycle: Technology Is a Tool, but Psychology Is the New Pedagogy” 

Maya Angelou 

Khaled Hossein - Kite Runner 

Nelson Mandela

John Thomsett

Helena Marsh 

Tom Sherrington 

Kesia Featherstone

Nikky Graham
- she has really helped shape me as a leader

I’ve met so many people through womened.
Benny Bonsu


I really respect the men who are supporting feminists.

Justin Trudeau 

Emma Watson 

Michelle Obama - she is an absolute powerhouse!


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  • over three years ago
    Hannah Wilson
    Sophie - thanks for inviting me & interviewing me. Very surreal listening to myself back & I cringed at my 'um' tick. Would love to connect on the 'connected edtech' event. Speak soon H x ps started 2 new blogs since we recorded: The Hopeful a Headteacher & Talking Heads.
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