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189: We Are Next – Community Campaign with Mark White

At the start of 2020, Your Town launched a community campaign called We Are Next, a national campaign to get the next generation moving and more connected with health, fitness and their community.

We Are Next have reached over 1600 kids across 10 schools, in two different towns in Hertfordshire. The original idea was to visit a further 90 schools reaching over 4000 kids across the UK; the restrictions in place due to COVID-19 have resulted in We Are Next adapting their original plan.

We Are Next and The Ocado Foundation have created a Key Stage 2 lesson plan, activities and tools, which are all available to download online for FREE. The aim is to help educate children about the importance of health, wellbeing and exercise and the role that community plays in all three.

They delved into some stats around fitness, health and wellness and discovered that less than 25% of children aged 9-11 are active for 60 mins a day, that only 1 in 12 young people eat 5 portions of fruit/veg a day and that 1 in 10 young people sometimes feel lonely.

Knowing that teachers and parents alike, face challenges every day educating and raising the next generation to be healthy, happy and valuable members of their local community. Providing these resources for free, to use in primary schools or at home, they hope will encourage children to think about where they are from, their local town and its importance.

2020 has been a difficult year and the significance of community has been emphasised, more so than ever. We Are Next and The Ocado Foundation are passionate about the next generation and creating opportunities for them. Despite adapting their strategy, their mission remains the same; to ensure children feel inspired and better connected to where they live and the communities they are from.

To download the FREE lesson plan and worksheets, visit www.wearenext.uk

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If you would like to support the Education on Fire GoFundMe campaign to create a valuable resource for our children based on the wisdom of our inspiring guests please click below.

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The National Association for Primary Education has an online conference on 8th March 2021 entitled:

TOWARDS A BALANCED AND BROADLY-BASED CURRICULUM

Virtual Conference – Monday 8th March 2021, 4.15pm-6.45pm

The Conference, embracing a theme which has always been central to debate about children’s entitlements, has been highlighted by OfSTED as critical in curriculum development and its central importance has been further accentuated by the pressures under which primary schools are working in the post-lockdown phase as they prioritise what is perceived as essential in educational recovery.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s education may be perceived as a justification for narrowing the curriculum at the expense of the arts and the humanities, but this conference will explore the case for preserving young children’s entitlement to as rich and diverse a curriculum as possible. Dr. Eaude’s keynote lecture will set the scene, highlighting some key issues and considering some lessons to be learnt from the period of lockdown. The subsequent presentations will focus on classroom practice, providing a spotlight on innovations which have been implemented in school and offering guidance for the future.

All are most welcome at this event, including teachers, teacher assistants, governors and students and it’s our hope that the conference will play its part in bringing together a range of stakeholders in primary education, all with a commitment to enhancing children’s entitlement to a balanced and broadly-based curriculum.

To book or find out more https://nape.org.uk/conference

188: MarvellousMe – Parent Engagement App

Inspire, involve and empower parents.

‘MarvellousMe is a game-changer for parent engagement.’

MarvellousMe engages parents by telling them about their children’s learning and success. It enriches family conversations about school and makes it easy for parents to help their children’s education and say: ‘Well done!’

Delivering a positive teacher-parent partnership, MarvellousMe makes it easy for schools to implement the best practice prescribed by experts like the Education Endowment Foundation. To build and sustain excellent parent engagement and positive behaviour school-wide.

Designed by a once disengaged dad, MarvellousMe is different from messaging systems, social media and solo teacher apps. It involves and equips parents with personal, positive and progress-led news, and gives leaders the ability to focus parent engagement on essential topics and school values, analytics to ensure whole school consistency and peace-of-mind that data is managed centrally, securely and in the UK under the GDPR.

www.marvellousme.com

Social Media Information

@MarvellousMeApp

Resources Mentioned

https://ttrockstars.com/

If you would like to support the Education on Fire GoFundMe campaign to create a valuable resource for our children based on the wisdom of our inspiring guests please click below.

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/education-on-fire-book-fundraiser

Show Sponsor

The National Association for Primary Education has an online conference on 8th March 2021 entitled:

TOWARDS A BALANCED AND BROADLY-BASED CURRICULUM

Virtual Conference – Monday 8th March 2021, 4.15pm-6.45pm

The Conference, embracing a theme which has always been central to debate about children’s entitlements, has been highlighted by OfSTED as critical in curriculum development and its central importance has been further accentuated by the pressures under which primary schools are working in the post-lockdown phase as they prioritise what is perceived as essential in educational recovery.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s education may be perceived as a justification for narrowing the curriculum at the expense of the arts and the humanities, but this conference will explore the case for preserving young children’s entitlement to as rich and diverse a curriculum as possible. Dr. Eaude’s keynote lecture will set the scene, highlighting some key issues and considering some lessons to be learnt from the period of lockdown. The subsequent presentations will focus on classroom practice, providing a spotlight on innovations which have been implemented in school and offering guidance for the future.

All are most welcome at this event, including teachers, teacher assistants, governors and students and it’s our hope that the conference will play its part in bringing together a range of stakeholders in primary education, all with a commitment to enhancing children’s entitlement to a balanced and broadly-based curriculum.

To book or find out more https://nape.org.uk/conference

187: Teach Financial Literacy with Jon Alvarado

Jon Alvarado, founder of Teach Financial Literacy has created a lifetime financial literacy course designed to break barriers for low-income students and families.

Jon spent 10 years teaching math at a school with 80% free and reduce lunch students and two years teaching financial literacy at a school with 70% free and reduced lunch students.  

During that time, he taught over 2000 students using video instruction to help meet the needs and barriers of many of his students.

Coming from a family of poverty, Jon understands the challenges and barriers poverty presents mentally, emotionally, and financially. Jon can help your students and families with important financial literacy topics that will help them become college and career ready.

 Jon believes there’s a better way reach families and students outside of school.  And this is why Teach Financial Literacy was created. 

Have you ever asked yourself any of the questions below? If so, see if Jon can help.

  • I don’t even know where to look for financial literacy resources for students and their families?
  • How can I encourage students and families that everything they learn in financial literacy will impact them every day?
  • How can I get more students college and career ready?
  • Will anyone understand the challenges low income students and families face?

www.teachfinanciallit.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-alvarado-709a67191/

https://www.facebook.com/Teach-Financial-Literacy-112338716888221/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Click to listen to my interview with Nikki Rausch

If you would like to support the Education on Fire GoFundMe campaign to create a valuable resource for our children based on the wisdom of our inspiring guests please click below.

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/education-on-fire-book-fundraiser

Show Sponsor

The National Association for Primary Education has an online conference on 8th March 2021 entitled:

TOWARDS A BALANCED AND BROADLY-BASED CURRICULUM

Virtual Conference – Monday 8th March 2021, 4.15pm-6.45pm

The Conference, embracing a theme which has always been central to debate about children’s entitlements, has been highlighted by OfSTED as critical in curriculum development and its central importance has been further accentuated by the pressures under which primary schools are working in the post-lockdown phase as they prioritise what is perceived as essential in educational recovery.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s education may be perceived as a justification for narrowing the curriculum at the expense of the arts and the humanities, but this conference will explore the case for preserving young children’s entitlement to as rich and diverse a curriculum as possible. Dr. Eaude’s keynote lecture will set the scene, highlighting some key issues and considering some lessons to be learnt from the period of lockdown. The subsequent presentations will focus on classroom practice, providing a spotlight on innovations which have been implemented in school and offering guidance for the future.

All are most welcome at this event, including teachers, teacher assistants, governors and students and it’s our hope that the conference will play its part in bringing together a range of stakeholders in primary education, all with a commitment to enhancing children’s entitlement to a balanced and broadly-based curriculum.

To book or find out more https://nape.org.uk/conference

186: What is happening for me? with Lucia Giovannini

Lucia Giovannini is world renowned sensation, former international Italian supermodel – turned transformational speaker and author of 13 books.

Her 25 years of inspiring work through conferences & workshops globally has been inspired by growing up throughout different parts of Italy and Africa, immersed in the beauty and the pain of those unforgettable lands. Her work crafts a synergy between traditional psychological techniques, motivational practices and ancient eastern rituals that turn her seminars into profound experiences for the audiences in Asia + Europe alike.

Lucia has been defined “the Italian Louise Hay” by prestigious media like Marie France Asia, The times of India and La Stampa, transforming audiences through her teachings, workshops, retreats, meditations, & books globally through overcoming limiting beliefs and fears to live a whole new life.

Lucia Giovannini’s internationally acclaimed book A Whole New Life, which has been translated into more than 8 languages globally, is available also in the English, in the US and worldwide, by Post Hill Press, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Coherent with her personal philosophy, Lucia has a passionate advocacy for animal rights and veganism as a way of life. She lives with her husband Nicola, and her dog Caligola between Bali, Thailand, and Italy.

Lucia is a Doctor in Psychology and Counselling and a Bachelor in Psycho-Anthropology, an international affiliate of the American Psychology Association.

Questions asked on the podcast:

1. Who are you?

2. What does your life look like now and how is it different from when you were growing up?

3. What was valuable about your school experience?

4. Which teachers do you remember and why?

5. Who did you admire when you were young?

6. What was it about that person that had such an impact?

7. What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?

8. What advice would you give your younger self?

9. What does your future look like?

10. What podcast, book, video, film, song or other resource has had the biggest impact on your life and why?

 

Website

www.luciagiovannini.com

 

Social media information 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/awholenewlife/

https://www.facebook.com/lucia.giovannini/ 

https://www.instagram.com/lucia_giovannini/?hl=en

 

Resources mentioned

The Beatles

Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda

 

185: Computer Based Maths with Conrad Wolfram

Conrad Wolfram – Strategic Director and European CEO/Co-Founder, Wolfram Research Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of Wolfram – the “math company” behind Mathematica, Wolfram Language and Wolfram|Alpha (which powers knowledge answers for Apple’s Siri) for over 30 years.

Wolfram pioneers new approaches to data science and computation-based development, with technology and consulting solutions that drive innovation in analytics, software development and modelling. Working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, it spans industries as diverse as medicine, finance and telecoms.

Conrad is recognised as a thought leader in AI, data science and computation, pioneering a multiparadigm data science approach.

Conrad is also a leading advocate for a fundamental shift of math education to become computer-based or alternatively introduce a new core subject of computational thinking. He founded computerbasedmath.org and computationalthinking.org to fundamentally fix math education for the AI age – rebuilding the curriculum assuming computers exist. The movement is now a worldwide force in re-engineering the STEM curriculum. His groundbreaking book ‘The Math(s) Fix – an education blueprint for the AI age’ www.themathsfix.org was released on 10th June 2020 Conrad regularly appears in the media to talk about subjects ranging from decisions and data science to 21st century education. He attended Eton College and holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Math from the University of Cambridge.

www.conradwolfram.com

If you would like to support the Education on Fire GoFundMe campaign to create a valuable resource for our children based on the wisdom of our inspiring guests please click below.

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/education-on-fire-book-fundraiser

Show Sponsor

The National Association for Primary Education has an online conference on 8th March 2021 entitled:

TOWARDS A BALANCED AND BROADLY-BASED CURRICULUM

Virtual Conference – Monday 8th March 2021, 4.15pm-6.45pm

The Conference, embracing a theme which has always been central to debate about children’s entitlements, has been highlighted by OfSTED as critical in curriculum development and its central importance has been further accentuated by the pressures under which primary schools are working in the post-lockdown phase as they prioritise what is perceived as essential in educational recovery.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s education may be perceived as a justification for narrowing the curriculum at the expense of the arts and the humanities, but this conference will explore the case for preserving young children’s entitlement to as rich and diverse a curriculum as possible. Dr. Eaude’s keynote lecture will set the scene, highlighting some key issues and considering some lessons to be learnt from the period of lockdown. The subsequent presentations will focus on classroom practice, providing a spotlight on innovations which have been implemented in school and offering guidance for the future.

All are most welcome at this event, including teachers, teacher assistants, governors and students and it’s our hope that the conference will play its part in bringing together a range of stakeholders in primary education, all with a commitment to enhancing children’s entitlement to a balanced and broadly-based curriculum.

To book or find out more https://nape.org.uk/conference

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