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Pooky Ponders – Big Questions with Brilliant People

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Informal but informative.... Dr Pooky Knightsmith explore big questions with brilliant people each week with a wide range of topics related to education and mental health. Sometimes it's deep, sometimes it's funny, it will always make you think. Tweet @PookyH with feedback or suggestions for future guests or questions.

Why do children need to feel they belong and how can adults support?  | Sarah DoveHow can we build bridges between home and school for children with additional needs? | Ginny BootmanWhat can adults do to make the pain a child feels after losing a parent a little more bearable? | Ian & Phoebe Gilbert
Today’s question is: What can adults do to make the pain a child feels after losing a parent a little more bearable?I’m in conversation with Ian & Phoebe Gilbert Ian and his daughter Phoebe contributed to the book Independent Thinking on Loss and Phoebe has set up an enterprise with support from Prince's Trust all about helping schools help young people dealing with bereavementLINKS:Ian’s Website: https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/ian-gilbert/Phoebe’s Website: https://www.cwtchycare.com/about-us  Book: https://www.independentthinkingpress.com/books/teachingskills/independent-thinking-on-loss/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thisiangilbert/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ITLWorldwideAdditional links:BBC radio programme about the evolution of grief: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct1pq7Ian and Phoebe’s book: https://www.independentthinkingpress.com/books/teachingskills/independent-thinking-on-loss/ - if you  use the code 'ITL20' you can get 20% off at checkout. Winston’s wish: https://www.winstonswish.orgWish Thunks to help schools open up conversations about life and death in a safe way: to help schools open up conversations about life and death in a safe way.This is the link to Winston's Wish whose work Im sure you know about. And here is where we did some Thunks for them to help schools open up conversations about life and death in a safe way.If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. You can connect with Pooky on:Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh
Jun 20 2021
53 mins
Why would knowing more about dying be good for us all? | Kathryn MannixHow can we ensure children are happy, safe and engaged?  | Paul HodgkinsonTo what extent could gaps in learning affect chances in later life? | Victoria CarrHow can students look after their mental health at University? | Nic HooperHow can we build effective learning relationships with every student? | Kevin HewitsonWhy is it so hard to talk about feelings with the people we love?  | Jen Dunning & Mark BakerHow can we enable teenagers to make sense of an uncertain world? | Clare Ward & James GalpinWhy does loneliness matter and how can we build connection, community and belonging? | Iona Lawrence
Today’s question is: Why does loneliness matter and how can we build connection, community and belonging?I’m in conversation with Iona Lawrence.In 2016 Iona set up the Jo Cox Foundation in memory of her friend Jo Cox MP with her family. As founding Director of the Foundation Iona brought people together to campaign on the issues Jo had championed. Together they achieved the appointment of the world's first Minister for Loneliness and £20 million new funding for the issue and the development of the Great Get Together, which in partnership with the Big Lunch in 2017 saw over 9 million people across the UK come together for community celebrations inspired by Jo's belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.Today Iona works with a range of businesses, nonprofits and philanthropy organisations building collaborations and practical plans that build the stronger relationships and connected communities. Iona believes that prioritising good relationships fosters the belonging, understanding and solidarity needed to build a fairer and more equitable world. You can read more about all her work in this article here and her case for a relationship-centred approach here. LINKS:Website: https://www.ionaconsultancy.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iona-lawrence/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ionaflawrence If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. You can connect with Pooky on:Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh
Apr 25 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Why does touch have so many benefits when combined with story? | Mary AtkinsonAutism & ADHD: should special interests be encouraged?  | Richard SemmensWhy do teenagers grunt (and how can we engage them in learning?) | Adele BatesHow can we engage learners who lack confidence and motivation? | Rachel ThynneHow important is creativity for wellness? | Zohab Zee Khan
Mar 21 2021
52 mins
How do things change when we define a child by their strengths? | Amber Sadiq
Today’s question is: How do things change when we define a child by their strengths rather than their diagnoses or challenges?I’m in conversation with Fareeha Amber Sadiq.Dr Fareeha Amber Sadiq also known as Dr Amber is a  consultant child and family psychiatrist, systemic practitioner, writer, educator and transformation lead.   Dr Amber has been working hard throughout her career to help create a voice and space for children and families who are experiencing mental health and neurodevelopmental difficulties or diagnoses. She strives to improve services and care for children and families she is working with. She committed to help communities understand more about mental health challenges in children, young people and families.      As a doctor and clinician, Dr Amber has worked across the world setting up and developing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and believes that every child and family is unique, important and can thrive if given the opportunity and the tools they require.  Dr Amber is a consultant to the National Health Service (NHS) in East London and is also founder of Eleos clinic which is a private multi-disciplinary mental health service with compassion at the heart of its values. Amongst other interests, she sits on the Expert Reference Group for Staying Safe from suicidal thoughts and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).  LINKS:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-fareeha-amber-sadiq-mrcpsych-cct-frsa-5058705/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/docinthecity Dr Amber's private practice: http://www.eleosclinic.comEleos Clinic instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eleos_clinic/Eleos Clinic facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PrivateCAMHSLondonEleos Clinic twitter - https://twitter.com/ClinicEleosIf you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. You can connect with Pooky on:Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh
Mar 14 2021
46 mins
How can we maximise our breathing to help our anxiety and emotions? | Mel Holliday
Today’s question is: How can we maximise our breathing to help our anxiety and emotions?I’m in conversation with Mel HollidayMel Holliday started her career in podiatry both medical and surgical. She moved over to managing Chiselwood a bespoke furniture manufacturing company 33 years ago, foundered with her husband Martin.During that time Mel started doing voluntary projects in schools advising young people on business programs. She was invited to become a construction ambassador 2009 where she supports CITB locally to encourage young people to think about construction as a career, alongside helping them create CV mock interview and career fairs. In 2012 Mel became a member of the board for EBP and helped set up a charity OneMe becoming a chair for 2years (charity to support and help fund getting them into their chosen career). She is also on the advisory council for anti copyright in design ACID.In 2014 Mel started practicing NLP and completed her Masters in 2018. Alongside that she became curious about techniques she had started practicing to manage her daily stress.During her years helping and supporting young people Mel became increasingly aware of how young people were struggling with managing their stress. They appeared distracted and used their phones or social media to hide behind.Whilst thinking about what she wanted to do with her NLP she began to link how to her practices with a set of techniques that she knew has reduced and supported her own stress in the past.Piloting the models for both adult and children alike she has been able to create sets of workshops that are versatile and can be used for individuals wanting to help themselves, to corporate who can utilise the techniques to support their staff in stressful situations.Due to COVID-19 the programs stopped in March 2020. Being approached by a publisher Mel wrote a children's wellbeing book, illustrated by Rebecca Dyer based on characters which visually supported each program. The book Breathe With Bruce was published in September 2020 and id hoped will be one of a series of six books supporting children's health and wellbeing.There are educational tips both for teachers and parents to use alongside the book for daily practice.LINKS:Website: https://breathewithbruce.com Book: Breathe with Bruce - https://amzn.to/3tpgtR9 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mel-holliday-211783132/ If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. You can connect with Pooky on:Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh
Mar 7 2021
1 hr
What outcomes most matter for Looked After Children? | Krysta Parsons
Today’s question is: What outcomes most matter for Looked After Children and how can we make a difference?I’m in conversation with Krysta ParsonsI have been a teacher for almost 30 years and a Headteacher in three schools. Since 2018 I have worked for Lincolnshire as an Education Adviser leading the Caring2Learn Project focused on improving outcomes for our children.LINKS:Caring 2 Learn info: http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/lincs/fsd/family.page?familychannel=1900  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krysta-parsons-89395147/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystaParsons Additional links referred to Ted talk every child deserves a champion - https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion?language=en UCL PALAC _ promoting achievement of looked after children, caring to read programme literacy intervention) - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-inclusive-education/promoting-achievement-looked-after-children-palac Bern Firman Finland - kid skills = solution focused Geoff James podcast episode re solutions focused coaching: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1183931/6575728  If you enjoy listening to this episode, please take a moment to share it with your network and to leave a review for the show on apple podcasts – this increases visibility of the show so that more people can discover and learn from it. You can connect with Pooky on:Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyh/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pookyh
Feb 28 2021
53 mins
Why might letting go be the secret to better student behaviour? | MarkGoodwin