Podcast 25: Jon Tait

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How can you plan to manage workload efficiently this new term?

Our 25th guest on the Teacher Toolkit podcast – and the first of the new school year! – is Jon Tait, a Deputy Head Teacher and Director of Acklam Grange Teaching and Secondary School in Middlesbrough. He is a trained P.E teacher and has worked at the school for nearly four years.

Jon is responsible for teacher learning, professional development and previously for behaviour and pastoral care.

In this episode, you can hear Jon and Teacher Toolkit editor, Holly Gardner:

  • Look back on the teachers that influenced Jon’s career
  • Jon details his frustration with constant change in education policies
  • Explore the use of planning to help manage teacher workload
  • Reveal what book Jon is reading and why
  • Detail the projects that Jon is working on and the way in they’re ran



Remember! As well as listening on Soundcloud, it’s also available on iTunes! Subscribe here now.

Jon’s tip for the new term

The podcast was recorded at the BETT show last year, but last week Holly caught up with Jon to ask him:

What is your one key piece of advice for teachers new to leadership this school year?

My advice for a new senior leader would be:

Establish your presence around the school. Walk the corridors, pop into classrooms, meet and greet students and parents at the gate, attend school events – whatever you can. Get to know the people in your learning community. Everyone from staff, governors, students, parents and the local residents. Let them know that you care.

You can find out more about Jon by following him on Twitter or reading his blog. Also – don’t miss his brand new book: Bloomsbury CPD Library: Senior Leadership which is out now and is packed full of individual CPD ideas and session plans for training others.

Joshua McGovern

Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working with TT, he is a freelance podcast editor and music producer for a London-based startup that empowers music makers ...

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