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Tara Elie
Tara Elie: Principal Trainer and Creative Lead

This week’s blog post is written by our very own Principal Trainer and Creative Lead Tara. This week she talks about her involvement in the Pivotal Podcast:

“The Pivotal Podcast has been many peoples’ first introduction to Pivotal Education. For those who aren’t familiar, the podcast is a free CPD resource for teachers and other adults working in Education, hosted by Paul Dix and fellow podcaster Kevin Mulryne. I am very proud to have inherited the responsibility of the Podcast, an incredibly well respected resource with now over 420,000 downloads and 221 episodes (thank you!).

The Pivotal Podcast was in the top 5 for Best Educational Use of Media in the 2014 Edublog Awards and in the top 3 in the Best Education Podcast category of the first UK Podcasters Awards in 2015. It has regularly appeared at number 1 in its Apple Podcasts category 2016-18.

The Podcasts take you everywhere you could possibly imagine in the business of behaviour, and even introduces the listener to specialist subjects and leading experts in the realms of education. I never imagined that I would once conduct an interview for the podcast in Denmark’s Anti Terrorism Police Headquarters! (You can listen to episode PP151 here)

So far this year, we have hosted our very first Pivotal Podcast Dinner Party and we have started our headteacher series staring Russell Ingleby from Hightown Junior, Infant and Nursery School. We’re delighted to share interviews with Carrie Grant, Vic Goddard, and international guests from across the pond; including Bill Rogers– watch this space for more. We’ve got plenty of brilliant upcoming guests in the pipeline- who are as excited as our listeners are to be involved!

What a lovely surprise!! Thank you @PivotalEd @pivotalpodcast

The podcast content invokes a number of things; it is passionate, educational, anecdotal, informative and sometimes emotional. Episodes are packed full of practical tips and solutions, from a ‘How to’ series containing behaviour management tips for the classroom, to answering questions and sharing best practice. Whichever turn they take, listening to an episode of the podcast always brings me comfort; be it the familiar croon of Kevin anchoring or the full and raucous eruption of laughter from Paul, it feels like 30 minutes hanging with friends.”

We’re always interested to hear and receive feedback from our listeners. Want to appear on the podcast or have someone in mind that you’d like to listen to? Comment below or email [email protected]

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