Pam Snow is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia. In this episode, she talks to Greg Ashman about her new role in bringing cognitive science to teacher education students and her earlier research into the oral language competency of young people in the youth justice system, before Greg and Pam discuss literacy in general, so-called 'balanced literacy' and what motivated Pam to write a book with Caroline Bowen dissecting 'neuroflapdoodle'.
Dylan Wiliam is a world famous educationalist and author probably best known for his research on formative assessment. In this episode, he talks to Greg Ashman about how he became interested in formative assessment, what it is and how it became deployed by the UK government as Assessment for Learning, as well as the importance of a knowledge-rich curriculum, 21st century skills and the issues surrounding educational meta-analysis.
Katharine Birbalsingh is Headmistress of Michaela Community School, a Free School serving inner city London. In this episode, she talks to Greg Ashman about Free Schools, the challenges she faced setting up Michaela, the Michaela approach to learning and to discipline and why everyone should visit and see for themselves. Along the way, Greg and Katharine discuss the opposition to explicit teaching and how to cope with unpleasant comments on Twitter.
Andrew Old is the godfather of UK teacher bloggers. Not only does he write a blog that has influenced UK government policy and OFSTED, the English schools inspectorate, he has encouraged teacher bloggers through his Echo Chamber initiative, as well as promoting teachers' voices more generally. In this episode, Greg Ashman talks to Andrew about maths teaching, Twitter, blogging, OFSTED, Achievement for All and school behaviour.
Daisy Christodoulou is a former teacher and is currently director of No More Marking, an online engine which aims to help teachers with comparative-judgement assessment of school work. Daisy's influential 2013 book Seven Myths About Education reflected on her work as a teacher and some of the myths she once subscribed to. In this episode, Greg Ashman talks to Daisy about lockdown, her new book, Teachers versus Tech, teaching writing, and bad ideas in education.
Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education. In 2015 he became the UK government's school 'Behaviour Czar', advising on behaviour policy. In the first ever Filling The Pail podcast, Greg Ashman talks to Tom about classroom behaviour, researchED, remote learning, Tom's role as a government advisor, the book Tom is currently writing and the howlers architects often make when designing schools.