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     After several months travelling the country I’m beginning to develop the stature of John Candy; I must sort this out, I know. A few months ago, I was honoured to be asked to work with our first school in Northern Ireland. I had never visited the area before and this was exciting. I wouldn’t just be ...
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    The post Planes, Trains, Automobiles and the Importance of Compassion appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    Paul met Tony for the first time as part of the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust. He is a headteacher, a consultant, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and an expert in working with some of the most vulnerable “and damaged young people. What do teachers most often get wrong when dealing with the most challenging ...
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    The post Tony Meehan – Working in the shadow of Grenfell – PP200 appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    I joined Pivotal just over a month ago. Since stepping into the role of Marketing and Communications Assistant, I have learnt and been involved with so many different and wonderful things. Every day is different, and every day brings its own challenges too. Walking through the door on my first day, I got a real ...
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    The post Values and velvet: My first month! appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    As we start a ‘new era’ for the Pivotal Podcast (actually it’s just that we have gone past episode 200…), Jon Tait makes a very welcome return. You can listen to his first interview on the podcast here. Jon is Director of the Acklam Grange Teaching School in Middlesbrough and joined Paul to talk about ‘flipping’ CPD and how ...
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    The post Jon Tait – Professional development and the C bomb – PP201 appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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  • 07/09/18--08:40: Latest News Update!
  • In the midst of the hot summer weather, we thought we would share with you some of the events recently that have been happening at Pivotal. Last week we held our Fast Track course for Pivotal Curriculum instructors. For those who are unfamiliar with what this programme is, read below for more information. What is the ...
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    For Mike’s last episode of the academic year, he speaks to the remarkable Clare Erasmus who shares her insights around wellbeing – what a great end to a great year! Clare is Head of Faculty for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Brighton Hill Community School and describes herself as very fortunate to have experienced unconditional love ...
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    The post Clare Erasmus – Wellbeing Warriors! PP202 appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    This year, over the summer holidays, Pivotal Education will be running a very special “Summer Reading Challenge”- this time exclusively for the adults! Since Paul Dix’s book “When the Adults Change Everything Changes” launched in 2017 we have enjoyed seeing your twitter photos with the book on your holidays. We thought the photos you shared ...
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    The post Summer Reading Challenge – Win over £150 worth of behaviour management resources! appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    Andy Oliver was appointed as an NQT at Holte School, Lozells, Birmingham in 1998. Holte was graded ‘Outstanding’ in 2009 and 2012, is an Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School and also recently achieved the Equalities Award. Andy undertook a variety of pastoral posts at the school including Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and now Deputy Headteacher. ...
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    The post Holte School – Transforming Lives through Partnerships – PP203 appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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  • 07/23/18--00:54: Humanity and Kindness
  • This week’s blog post is written by Chris Sweeney, Principal Trainer: Every so often a thread or post on Twitter really resonates and creates a stir. Recently there was a tweet from Jaz Ampaw-Farr that hit the mark; in this she urged schools to check in with learners before their Summer Holiday and reassure them ...
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    Looking back on my education, I can safely say I was what was commonly referred to as a “problem” child- misbehaving and causing disruption both on a large scale and small scale daily. The cause of my behaviour has ranged from boredom, to not being challenged enough by the work presented, attention seeking and at ...
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    The post Pivotal’s Techniques and Educational Experiences appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    It’s mid way through the summer holidays (welcome back to a new academic year Scottish Schools!), on a showery Monday at our HQ in Kings Langley. We thought we would lighten the mood by sharing some of the wonderful competition entries we have had so far for our Summer Reading Challenge. For those who are unfamiliar ...
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  • 08/28/18--08:45: Checklist for September!
  • I always remember the last full week of the summer holidays. For me as a child, I loved buying my school supplies ready for the new school year. From scented gel pens (personally I loved the purple grape one!), to the latest fluffy pencil case and freshly laminated books- not to mention buying a new school uniform ...
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  • 09/10/18--00:54: New Beginnings
  • This week’s blog post is written by Jennie: My son started at secondary school this week and as I waved him off in his obligatory oversized blazer with his hair ‘done’ for the first time ever on a school day (ie: with a splash of water), I took a moment to reflect on my own ...
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    A huge well done and thank you to all those who entered Pivotal’s “Summer Reading Challenge” over the summer. We have really enjoyed receiving pictures of Paul’s book ‘When the Adult Changes, Everything Changes’ taken on your holiday travels and shared with us. The entries have now been judged by our lovely office team, and ...
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    The post Winners of our Summer Reading Challenge! appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    This week’s blog post is written by our own Kate Quigley. Read on to find out details of our brand new Recognition Boards competition! Your name is one of the first words that you learn to write. It is the first success that many of us have, in what, at the time we first start to ...
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    Tara Elie is back on the podcast this week after about a year away! She speaks to Emma Brown, a Practice Development Coach working in Social Care with clients who have learning disabilities and/or Autism. She shares a great deal of her knowledge which is equally applicable to those in mainstream settings who come into ...
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    The post Do we know enough about Inclusion? Tara Elie speaks to Emma Brown – PP204 appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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    Ollie Frith is back this week and shares a great conversation with Chris Kilkenny. Chris’ Twitter bio is: ‘care leaver – speaker/campaigner – passionate about equality – ACES – I am a black box for the failed system’. Chris came himself from adverse childhood experiences and now uses his experiences to spread the word about ...
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    The post The Power of Loving Young People And Haircuts With Chris Kilkenny – 205 appeared first on Pivotal Education.


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