In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Adrienne Burgess, joint Chief Executive of The Fatherhood Institute, about the impact of fathers on their children. They discuss how fathers’ mental and physical health has direct consequences for their children, the impact fathers can have on children’s academic skills and how schools can engage with dads more directly.
Creating a mentally healthy environment for children, staff and parents, should be a priority for all schools. Here are 50 simple tips which will help to make your school a happy place.
Talking in front of an audience can be a daunting task for both adults and children. It’s also a great skill to have. These handy hints will help pupils to feel confident and prepared before speaking in public.
Dr Weston shares her thoughts and advice on how parents can help to develop children’s oracy skills (speaking and communicating ideas effectively) through simple family conversations. She also explains why this is so important to their development and attainment.
Well done for giving your presentation! The ability to speak well in front of an audience is an amazing skill to develop. Use this worksheet to reflect on how your talk went, what you learned and what you might do differently next time.
The wellbeing of all school staff is hugely important. Schools can be challenging places and teaching is a difficult job. Returning to school this year may feel more daunting than most. It’s crucial that everyone working in the school environment cultivates their own resilience, find ways to relax and feel proud of their achievements. Our worksheet will help you to reflect on your worries and plan your goals.
Dr Weston Talks with Professor Neil Mercer: Oracy and the Power of Speaking Well in School and at Home
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Neil Mercer about the importance of oracy. They discuss how parents can have a huge impact on developing and cultivating children’s talking and listening skills through simple family conversations at home. They also talk about the important roles schools should play in oracy education and Professor Mercer gives simple tips for teachers to apply in the classroom, to encourage pupils to ‘talk well’.
Quick tips to help teachers establish a trusting partnership with parents.
Dr Weston Talks with Dr Darren Moore: School Attendance, Parental Engagement and Returning to School
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Dr Darren Moore about the possible causes of problematic school attendance, how schools can ease the return to school for young people and teachers, the purpose of homework and ways in which schools can better engage with parents.
Oracy is the skill of speaking and communicating ideas effectively. We can practice oracy in numerous ways in our everyday lives. Use this profile to find our what things you are already good at and what you need to develop.