Season 2


Oiling the points of friction

Lauren Thorpe

Headlining LearningDust Series 2 is Ark’s director of Strategy, Lauren Thorpe. Lauren talks about her delight in solving problems, how MAT’s determine whether centralisation or personalisation is best for their schools, and how to oil the wheels of a large organisation.

Release date: 23rd August 2021


We all have a voice, we all have value

Tom Sherrington

Tom shares his experience as a teacher, school leader and erstwhile network manager and reflects upon the challenges of maintaining a modern school IT infrastructure, the benefits of AI and automated feedback tools, and the importance of a real world audience for student work.

Release date: 16th July 2021


Engagement Without Technology

Tristan Kirkpatrick

We are thrilled to be joined by Tristan Kirkpatrick who digs deep into forming relationships, the power (or otherwise) of edtech tools and the joy to be had with oversized mini-whiteboards.

Release date: 4th July 2021


Be More Dave

Gemma Gwilliam

Gemma demonstrates the importance of being part of a team who can call upon each other for support; communicating in ways that we can all understand, and team building on buses with no sides.

Release date: 23rd June 2021


Educational Feng Shui

Dr. Neelam Parmar

Neelam joins us to talk about the importance of digital strategy, ensuring that technology supports the needs of teachers, and the lessons that UK schools can learn from international schools, and vice versa. She also reflects on the benefit of introducing digital KPI’s to schools.

Release date: 14th June 2021


Who are your Captains?

Phil Denton

We are delighted to be joined by headteacher, author and football scout Phil Denton. We discuss the similarities and differences of the cultures in his spheres of operation and look at the lessons that can be learned from them.

Release date: 17th May 2021


Believable Peers

Dom Norrish

Dom has worked in a number of roles in his time in education and he shares with us his insights into what makes a successful team. He also suggests a new potential official beer sponsor for the show, although we haven’t given up on the other two yet!

Release date: 3rd May 2021


All That Twitters Is Not Gold

Joe Dale

MFL EdTech legend and curator of the #MFLtwitterati Joe Dale joins us to share his extensive experience in sharing the best voices, practices and technologies in language teaching.

Release date: 20th April 2021


Outward Mindset

Seth Wilkins with Alec Grimsley

Seth shares his experience of launching the Outward Mindset programme at Witton Park Academy and brings along the MD of Arbinger Institute UK, Alec Grimsley to help explain the benefits of the scheme and the ways that it can help staff build better working relationships.

Release date: 12th April 2021


Apologies, Appreciations & Stands

Jamie Portman

In this episode we are joined by Jamie Portman, Executive Head at XP East in Doncaster. Jamie shares with us his experiences in setting up a new school and the unique way in which staff and students at XP forge relationships.

Release date: 26th March 2021


It SHOULD work...

José Picardo

José brings a touch of class to LearningDust, sharing his experience as a user of tech, a school leader and a linguist. The discussion covers topics as diverse as one to one device schemes, etymology and pancakes. His calm, considered conversation was a joy to experience; we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.

Release date: 26th February 2021


Small is the New Big

Paddy McGrath

We are delighted to be joined on this episode of LearningDust by EdTech stalwart and thoroughly nice guy, Paddy McGrath. Paddy discusses the important role that technology plays in improving accessibility to learning for all students and shares stories and experiences from his distinguished career at TextHelp.

Release date: 10th February 2021


Sell The Sizzle, Not The Steak

Andrew Walls

Andrew sits astride all three of the LearningDust core groups. He talks with ease about teaching, supporting and leading IT in schools and academies and shares some of the secrets of his success.

Release date: 20th January 2021


Chimpan-A to Chimpanzee

Adam Wright & Tim Buckle

Professor Steve Peters’ book The Chimp Paradox offers a model of understanding our psychological make up. Tim and Adam join us to share their work with Steve’s company, Chimp Management and help us to understand how to tame our inner chimp. Featuring a guest appearance from King Terence III.

Release date: 4th January 2021


A (Laura) White Christmas

Laura White

Laura joins us to talk about thinking skills, PHSE, digital wisdom and empowering young people to understand how to use digital media safely and effectively. She is pursuing a PhD investigating how combining tech and reflection can inform teachers.

Release date: 21st December 2020


A Man of Many Hats

Al Kingsley

We are thrilled to be joined by the wearer of many hats and voice of reason, Al Kingsley. Al shares his considerable experience in many areas of education and discusses the importance of digital strategies, apprenticeships and his “zen approach to life”.

Release date: 9th December 2020


Interviewing the Interviewer

Olly Lewis

LearningDust heads East to the UAE for this episode where we are joined by @OLewis_coaching. Olly shares his thoughts and experiences on education in the UK and abroad and flips the tables on the LearningDust team by firing questions back at Dave!

Release date: 25th November 2020


The Fifth 'C'-eatle

SJ White

We are thrilled to be joined by stalwart of the C-Learning Virtual Staffroom, champion of tech in the maths classroom and recent #VIA20 graduate SJ White. In this episode we discuss maths, engagement with adult learners and how to integrate tech into lessons. There's even a rare performance of Andy's charts and graphs song!

Release date: 9th November 2020


Liquid Learning

Prof. Damian Hughes

Damian shares his vast experience of working with leaders in the arenas of sport, business and education. He discusses how the culture of an organisation is intrinsically linked to outcomes, and provides anecdotes from sporting greats to illustrate his points. Don't miss this one if you are a sports fan, but don't be put off if you aren't; Damian's experiences are fascinating for all.

Release date: 26th October 2020


The Mental Health Episode

Cat Lamin

Cat Lamin joins us to talk about the importance of looking after our mental health and that of our colleagues and loved ones. She shares valuable strategies including yoga, meditation and running away from zombies!

Release date: 12th October 2020


Every Day is a School Day

Mark Anderson

We are joined by the ICT Evangelist himself - Mark Anderson to discuss the tyranny of shiny things, how to get the most out of staff working at all levels of an organisation and one or two shouts out to colleagues who have helped Mark on his journey to EdTech stardom.

Release date: 28th September 2020


E+R = O

Jake Miller

Season Two of LearningDust kicks off with a bang as we are joined by teacher, tech coach, host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast and all round legend of EdTech - Jake Miller.

Release date: 14th September 2020

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Miles Berry

Miles brings a unique perspective to this episode as he has worked as teacher, techie and school leader. His current role at Roehampton University allows him to impart his considerable knowledge to his students, some of whom just happen to be the next generation of Computer Science teachers. When you couple this with Miles’ well respected work for a plethora of computing organisations, you can see why we were so pleased that he agreed to speak with us.

Release date: 30th June 2020


You Can Shut Up More!

Zaitoon Bukhari & Dan Manley

For the first time LearningDust features a double bill of top educators. Zaitoon Bukhari and Dan Manley work together at Witton Park Academy in Blackburn. Zaitoon teaches science and is the whole school EdTech teaching and learning lead, while Dan is the Network Manager and heads up the Inclusive Digital Services team. Together they have created a culture of growth at Witton Park which has benefitted staff and students. We talk to them about their career paths, hopes for the future and how they work together.

Release date: 15th June 2020


What is Truth?

Mariana Martins

In this episode we investigate some of the challenges that support staff encounter in schools, discuss the merits of mobile phones in the classroom and get into deep philosophical debates with Mariana Martins.
Mariana is a former teacher and deputy headteacher who now works as a librarian at a school in South London.

Release date: 1st June 2020


A Blueprint For Success

Jamie Smith

We are thrilled to be joined on this episode by the co-owner and Executive Chairman of C-Learning, Jamie Smith. Jamie joins us to share his thoughts on the skills required by school leavers to succeed in employment.
His calm, thoughtful and insightful comments are a must listen for anyone involved in shaping the lives of young people, or anyone who wants to build harmonious relationships with other human beings.

Release date: 20th May 2020


Blend Me, Shake Me, Anyway You Want Me

Emma Pass

Emma's experience of teaching in a hybrid school has given her a great insight of how to engage with students working remotely. She has been in great demand recently as teachers around the world try to get to grips with having to work in this way.
Emma shares her views on what makes a great remote lesson and explains how teachers, techies and school leaders work together to deliver high quality education from afar.

Release date: 10th May 2020


Openly Figuring It Out

David Price OBE

David is one of the great thinkers in our education community. He has travelled the world advising schools and organisations about some of the biggest challenges that we face as a society. His first book, the Amazon best seller OPEN: How We'll Work, Live and Learn In The Future is regularly cited as one of the must read educational texts.
In this episode David joins us to talk about his follow up to Open, We’ll Figure It Out: Mass Ingenuity & The Power Of Us which is due to be published in Autumn 2020. He shares with us some of the stories and characters that feature in the new book, and we chat about how education has been forever changed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Release date: 29th April 2020


The Babel Fish

Scott Hayden

Scott is a Lecturer/ Manager of a team that supports and trains students and staff in using digital, creative, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
Scott joins us to talk about how he manages to speak the language of teacher, techie, SLT and apprentice as effortlessly as if he had one of Douglas Adam's tiny fish implanted in his ear. His empathy and self-awareness make for fascinating listening.

Release date: 19th April 2020


It's the Same the Whole World Over

Georgina Dean

We've gone global for episode two of LearningDust! Georgina Dean has worked in schools in five countries and is currently working as an Education Technology Consultant in Amman, Jordan. In this episode Georgina shares her perspective on how teachers, techies and school leaders work together around the world and offers us hope with her suggestions for the Hall of Fame and Cupboard of Shame.

Release date: 9th April 2020

Episode 1.5

Be Excellent to Each Other

Dave & Andy

Join Dave & Andy for a special bonus episode as they discuss how working from home as a result of a global pandemic is affecting them as teachers, techies and parents. There's also a special guest appearance from Andy's ONLY son...

Release date: 31st March 2020


Everybody needs good neighbours

Ben Whitaker

Ben joins us to talk about his experiences working in education and we discuss what it means to be a part of the Edufuturist movement; the barriers that we face when attempting to implement technology in schools and colleges; and how teachers and techies can support each other in their attempts to be innovative. We also find out what Ben has added to the LearningDust Hall of Fame and which products he consigns to the Cupboard of Shame.

Release date: 15th March 2020

Episode Zero

Welcome to LearningDust

Dave & Andy

LearningDust aims to promote harmonious relationships between teachers, technicians and leadership teams. In this special preview episode Dave & Andy introduce what to expect from future episodes and place the first products into the Hall of Fame and the Cupboard of Shame.

Release date: 2nd March 2020