Podcast 32: Does Your Curriculum Meet All Pupils’ Needs?

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Curriculum Pupils

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...
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What does the Global Teacher Prize Winner say about the English Baccalaureate?

Our 20th podcast is an interview for the 100 Women series with Andria Zafirakou. She teaches Art and Textiles and is a member of the senior leadership team at Alperton Community School in Brent, London. Andria was awarded the Global Teacher Prize earlier this year in Dubai, UAE.

Global Teacher Prize Winner!

In this episode you can hear Andria and Teacher Toolkit founder Ross McGill:

  • Talk about the early signs that Andria was destined for teaching
  • Explain why the Global Teacher Prize isn’t her proudest achievement
  • Detail the ways in which the English Baccalaureate fails young people
  • The impact a narrow curriculum has on pupils
  • Express the attitude the attitude Andria thinks young girls should adopt
  • Reveal what the centenary of some women’s right to vote means to Andria
  • Andria tells what would be on the menu at a dinner of her, her mother, the Queen and Oprah.

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Are we supporting all our pupils?

In a follow up question we asked Andria: What effect do you think decreasing the amount of arts subjects students can study will have on our society values? Andria said:

“It is quite simple, if we do not stop this downward spiral of students not taking up the arts, we will be punishing our students by not equipping them for the workplace. We will be encouraging a society which will not value or appreciate critical thinking; appreciation of an inclusive society; the importance of a creative nature; and inquisitive mindsets.

You can find out more about Andria’s charity, Artists In Residence and follow her on Twitter @AndriaZaf.

We agree with Andria; we cannot have a world full of mathematicians or artists – schools much strike a balance.

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