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Bastow Educational Leadership podcast

Conversations with big thinkers about the big questions in education and leadership today.

What are the big questions in education today - and what does leadership have to do with it?

The Bastow Educational Leadership podcast explores a diverse range of views and perspectives through the lens of educational leadership and its impact on learners and communities.

Join host Angela Scaffidi for conversations with educational thought leaders from Australia and around the world as they discuss the work that drives and inspires them.

Angela Scaffidi loves solving hard problems with smart people, and is passionate about education. She is Managing Partner at SenateSHJ.


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Latest episodes
Episode 12
Neil Barker
Neil Barker defines leadership as a lifelong learning journey
Episode 11
Headshot Joanne Quinn
Joanne Quinn unpacks whole-system change

How can we change our education systems to give young people the skills they need to become global citizens? 

Joanne Quinn talks about the key drivers for transforming learning to prepare students for the future.

Episode 10
Susan Greenfield
Baroness Susan Greenfield explores the neuroscience of teaching, learning and digital technology

How do school leaders get the most out of technology for their teachers and students? Baroness Susan Greenfield knows the brain evolves with every experience. And while technology can be a positive learning tool, its impact on the brain and a young person’s sense of identity still needs further exploration.

Episode 9
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Dr Barbara Blackburn uses rigour to motivate and engage

Rigour involves raising expectations and teaching and learning to the highest level. Dr Barbara Blackburn explores the building blocks of motivation and how teachers can implement them in their classroom to create a rigorous learning environment.

Episode 8
Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver links leadership, passion and purpose in education

How can school leaders empower parents, students and staff to create sustained positive change? Richard Gerver talks about creating the conditions for excellence and enthusiasm within school communities.

Episode 7
Debbie Pushor
Debbie Pushor champions family stories in schools

Parent engagement is one of the strongest predictors of a child's success in school. But what does it look like in an already busy curriculum? Debbie Pushor explores the high impact teaching strategies of family-centric schools.

Episode 6
Simon Breakspear
Simon Breakspear says agile schools are self-improving schools

Change is complex, because people are complex. How can educational leaders adapt and respond through the change journey to achieve their intended impact? Simon Breakspear says it’s all about being agile.

Episode 5
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Viviane Robinson calls for quality conversations

What does effective system leadership look like for schools in an increasingly collaborative world? Viviane Robinson talks about being Open to Learning™ to build trust and meaningful improvement.

Episode 4
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Steve Munby celebrates imperfect leadership

It’s not paint-by-numbers, and there’s no rule book – so how do we lead ourselves and others to make the biggest difference in our schools? Steve Munby talks about power and love and the strength of imperfect leadership.

Episode 3
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Kathryn Parker Boudett sees beauty in using data wisely

How do we harness the power of data to increase equity in education? Kathy Parker Boudett talks about Data Wise, and helping people to work together to seek the truth through evidence.