Podcasts with education practitioners

Leading from the front

Frontline Voices is a series of podcasts from education frontline practitioners – teachers, head teachers and others, whose work puts them into daily contact with children and young people. This series was developed with RSA Fellow Fran Plowright. Narrated by Whitley Academy Head Boy, Prince Chivaka there are four podcasts that cover topics as diverse as technology, beauty and image, being employed and how the education system forms future citizens.

The purpose of the project was to get the students from Arrow Vale, Ipsley, Whitley Academy and RSA Academy in Tipton to work on a joint project together with common themes and goals. The series was initially brainstormed and researched by some Year 10 and Year 12 pupils at Whitley Academy in March 2013 where they came up with the idea of focusing on what it means to be a young person being educated and growing up in such uncertain and rapidly changing times.

Podcast 1: What About Tomorrow? (MP3, 8.1MB)

The first podcast is presented by Prince Chivaka, Head Boy at Whitley Academy and is the first in the four part series looking at what it means to be a young person growing up in such rapidly changing times. Prince and his colleagues at Whitley Academy explore the part our education system plays in forming tomorrow’s people and interview a range of people to help them with their research including world-renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson.

Podcast 2: Technology, Friend or Foe? (MP3, 15MB)

The second podcast features an inquiry led by the students at Arrow Vale and Ipsley. Year 9 pupil George Turner and fellow students, look at the pros and cons of growing up a technology centered world and wonder whether there is such a thing as too much technology for young people? Including interviews with Cisco systems educational advisor Dr Michelle Selinger, and blogger, educationalist and technological expert, Ewan McIntosh.

Podcast 3: The Big Unknown? (MP3, 12 MB)

The third podcast looks at what the future holds for young people growing up in 21st century Britain. Whether they are heading into further education, or straight into the world of work; what jobs will be available? Is University the only route? What do prospective employers look for from their applicants nowadays? And, What is the best way to prepare? RSA Academy, Tipton Year 9 students Neve Ovenden and Morgan Bevan investigate. Includes an interview with Director of Youth Think and Action Tank LKMco, Loic Menzies.

Podcast 4: Individually Beautiful (MP3, 8MB)

The fourth podcast is a report from former RSA academy, Lilian Baylis Technology Academy Year 9 students; Barakat Aziz, Danielle Boateng, and Ariana Da Silva, who have been wondering if the pressure on young people these days to conform to a particular look and size is becoming too much? What are the skills and attributes that young people really need to help them to be lead fulfilling and successful lives? They seek advice from psychotherapist and Director of Kid’s Company Camilla Batmanghelidjh at her South London Headquarters.

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Project details:

Date Started 1 April 2013
Date Finished 2 September 2013
Project Funder RSA Academies