Mr Barton Maths Podcast

I flipping love a podcast. So much so that I have two of my own. One is for maths teachers and general education geeks like myself, the other for anyone curious about what the rest of the world dues for a living. Both are completely free, and hopefully both will prove enjoyable and useful.

You can click on the individual episode links below and stream the episodes directly, or use the subscribe links so you never miss a thing.

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the podcasts.


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On the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I interview guests from the world of education who interest and inspire me. They may be fellow teachers, bloggers, thinkers, or people of influence. As well as discussing my guests' particular areas of interest, I always like to dig deep into their lesson planning process, and ask them to describe lessons that did not go so well and what they learned from it. Be warned, these interviews are intended to be long and in depth, and are probably best digested across a few journeys to work or a few laps of the park with your dog. I hope you find my guests as interesting and inspiring as I do, and please help spread the word!

To subscribe for free to the Mr Barton Maths podcast, so you never miss an episode, just follow these links: iTunes   Android   RSS feed

Often my guests recommend books and research papers for teachers to read. You can find details of all of these here:
Recommended Books for Teachers to Read
Recommended Educational Research Papers for Teachers to Read

Greg Ashman - Cognitive Load Theory and Direct Instruction v Inquiry Based Learning
We spoke about the implications of Cognitive Load Theory for planning and teaching mathematics (although the lessons are applicable to all subjects), and why Greg prefers direct instruction as opposed to inquiry based approaches to learning.

Paul Rowlandson - Bar Modelling, Questioning, Shanghai, Tokyo & Training Teachers
We spoke about planning for understanding, bar modeling, advice on questioning, what Paul learned from his trips to Shanghai and Toyko, advice for teacher training and much more.

Tom Bennett - Behaviour, Teacher Workload and ResearchEd
We spoke about in depth about managing behaviour in the classroom, including addressing some common myths. We also spoke about how best to tackle teacher workload, and what Tom considers to be the most important pieces of educational research.

John Corbett - Flipped Learning, Making Videos and Corbett Maths
We spoke about planning and delivering lessons using a flipped learning approach, the process that goes into creating maths videos, writing good maths questions, and advice for new teachers.

Dylan Wiliam - Author, Researcher, Trainer and Assessment for Learning Expert
This is an absolute must-listen for teachers of all subjects. We spoke about feedback, planning, questioning, research, lesson observations, and what Dylan wishes he had known when he started teaching.

Ed Southall - PGCE Tutor, Teacher and SolveMyMaths
We spoke about good questioning, dodgy plenaries, creating a safe learning environment, and false conventional wisdom

Beth Lilley - A year as an NQT
We spoke about the pressures of being an NQT, maintaining a work-life balance, and Beth shares her top tips for surviving and thriving during a grueling year.

Jamie Frost – Dr Frost Maths and Teaching High Achievers
We spoke about planning sequences of lessons, the importance of internalising concepts, and teaching high achievers.

Mark McCourt – Ofsted, emaths, La Salle Education and NCETM
We spoke about Ofsted lesson observations, teacher training, being Head of Department and why Mark has never marked a book in his life!

Stefanie Sullivan – Maths PGCE Tutor from Nottingham University
We spoke in-depth about the lesson planning process, habits of successful trainees, and the most common reasons for teachers leaving the profession.

Will Emeny – Great Maths Teaching Ideas and Numeracy Ninjas
We spoke about  being a successful Head of Department, prior learning dependency flow and the fascinating subject of memory

Dan Meyer – dy/dan, 3 Act Math and Desmos
We spoke about good and bad uses of technology in teaching and learning, the future of Desmos and the excellent Aspirin and Headache series.

Charlie Stripp – NCETM and MEI
We spoke about the importance of times tables, Mastery teaching and the best and worst features of the new maths GCSE.

Bruno Reddy – Times Table Rockstars and
We spoke about creating the right culture in lessons and in school, homework and written feedback, mixed attainment classes, Mastery, Shanghai, and much, much more!

Mel Muldowney – JustMaths
We spoke about running a maths department, moving to a new school, and her now award-winning way of preparing students for the demands of the Maths GCSE.

Jo Morgan – Resourceaholic
We spoke about organising resources, blogging, Twitter and advice for NQTs.

Oxbridge Interview Special
On this episode I interviewed four Year 13 students about their experience in their recent Oxford and Cambridge interviews, which should be useful for anyone thinking of applying or helping a student prepare.

Neil Ogden – Maths Specialist at OCR
As part of my trilogy of interviews with the awarding bodies about the new Maths GCSE, and what it is like to do their job, I spoke to Neil Ogden from OCR

Graham Cumming – Head of Maths at Edexcel
As part of my trilogy of interviews with the awarding bodies about the new Maths GCSE, and what it is like to do their job, I spoke to Neil Ogden from OCR

Andrew Taylor – Head of Maths at AQA
As part of my trilogy of interviews with the awarding bodies about the new Maths GCSE, and what it is like to do their job, I spoke to Neil Ogden from OCR

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The Just the Job Podcast is a podcast about the jobs other people do. Whether you are a student thinking about your future career, an adult thinking about changing job, or just someone who is interested in what the rest of the world does for a living, then hopefully this is the podcast for you.

To subscribe for free to the Just the Job Podcast, so you never miss an episode, just follow these links: iTunes   Android   RSS feed

What does a Barrister do?
We spoke about the difference between a solicitor and a barrister, the pressures of being self-employed, how “no-win, no-fee” works, and how the reality of the job differs from what we see on TV

What does a Brain Surgeon do?
We talked about 12 hour operations, how it feels to save a life, breaking the worst news of all to families, and why a steady hand and good medical knowledge are not the most important things to be good at this job.

What does a Charity Fundraiser do?
We spoke about the pressures and rewarding aspects of the job, the portrayal of charities in the media, and the key skills required

What does a Classical Musician do?
We talked about the pressure of auditions, the need for patience, why women don’t tend to play certain instruments, hierarchies within the orchestra, recovering from mistakes, being moved to tears, the role of the conductor, and what exactly is the contra-bassoon… not that I don’t know, of course

What does a Costume Designer do?
We spoke about dressing a medieval army and a chat-show icon, where grass stains on TV really come from, working 16-hour days, what it is like to have to shop until you drop, and the less glamorous side of the job – who needs a cat-walk in Milan when you can have a quarry in Oldham?

What does a Diplomat do?
We spoke about dealing with crises, the importance of Facebook, and being on a table with Colonel Gaddafi.

What does an English Teacher do?
We spoke about the pressures of impressing teenagers, dealing with the workload, finding that magic hook in a lesson, being a constant in students’ lives, English versus Maths, and stealing the show (quite literally) in school drama productions. We also tried, and largely failed, to defend our cushy amount of holidays.

What does a Firefighter do?
We spoke about how it feels to save a life, dealing with tragedies, the technology involved, how the job has been affected by austerity cuts, the reaction of the public, and what happens on a firefigher interview.

What does a Hairdresser do?
We spoke about dealing with bad hair, the importance of the Daily Mail app, Shaun’s three question rule, giving marriage counselling to clients, smoking hair, and much more.

What does a Midwife do?
We talked about the wonders of giving birth, the pain of paperwork, dealing with the toughest parts of the job, Emma‘s views on One Born Every Minute, and some of the strangest birthing requests she has had to deal with.

What does an Online Journalist do?
We spoke about showbiz parties, stressful press junkets, how smart phones have changed journalism, the importance of Search Engine Optimisation, Hollywood A-listers, the need to write quickly, and how an idea about Gogglebox went viral.

What does a Restaurant Owner do?
We talked about what it takes to bring a concept like interactive dining to reality, coping with stress, celebrity diners (and there’s a couple of very decent name-drops here), running marketing campaigns, organising your day, interviewing employees, dealing with customer complaints, and loads more.