In our popular podcast series, host and full-time tutor Ludo Millar chats with tutors, teachers, edupreneurs and other tuition stakeholders to compare notes and unlock valuable insights about tutoring.
If you're involved or interested in the rapidly evolving field of tuition in the UK and beyond, reach out and be a part of the conversation.
Feel free to listen to the Qualified Tutor podcast here on the website, or for a full list of the apps we can be found on, visit our page at Buzzsprout. And thank you as ever to Luke Tierney 🎧 for the podcast's sophisticated soundtrack.
Christmas Special: Qualified Tutor's Just A Minute 2020
We decided to do things a little differently for our festive special. 5 contestants, 1 host and a whole lot of Just A Minute inexperience.
The contestants performed admirably, with just and fair winners being crowned at the end of the day's play.
Our contestants were:
There was fierce competition from all sides and high-quality, off-the-cuff speeches being given at every turn. Listen in for 40 minutes of fun, festivity and fallibility (yes, we're not all experts at this ...)
Featured Podcast: Communication and Confidence: Lifelong Learning and a Route into the Speaking Profession
I Need A Speaker is a simple concept.
The brainchild of Tricia Richards-Service, the platform connects speakers with audiences. Unlike most speaker platforms, I Need A Speaker is not for past presidents, famous after-dinner speakers or expensive performers. I Need A Speaker is for everyone. Everyone with a story.
Tricia has a fascinating story to tell, and Tricia's message for all educators is: communicate your story and you will raise those around you.
We are delighted to welcome Tricia onto the Qualified Tutor Podcast, not least as it's the most effective medium for Tricia to communicate her story to our community.
“Communication is like a Swiss Army knife”
Chronic Disengagement - Changing the World for the Better
For A Life Worth Living.
The foundational concept of Nudge Education is simple: no child is left behind.
The Founder of Nudge, Diego Melo, shares a powerful belief that chronic disengagement can be overcome by passionate and targeted support. Whether the system accepts or rejects a student, Nudge Education are there to provide for their needs.
We speak to Diego about the philosophies that have got him this far, experiences from his years in the sector and his visions for the future, however ambitious.
Action Tutoring NTP Tuition Partner - On Delivering Online Interventions in Schools
The Programme kicked off in early November and, since then, thousands of pupils across the country have benefitted from one-to-one, one-to-two and/or small-group tuition. With lockdown affecting many students, the shift to online tutoring has been complex.
Action Tutoring have been leaders in online tutoring support for years and their online tutoring pilot this summer revealed a great deal about the most effective methods for schools in how to implement online tuition should it be required.
Learning and Living Differences: Nina Jackson and How to Help your Student Thrive
Nina Jackson is not Nina Jackson.
Nina Jackson is The Ninja, moving in mysterious ways and bringing about effective change out of the limelight.
Nina has worked in the area of music and education for well over a decade and in almost every country you can think of, and has built up a unique style of bringing out the 'fizz' in both students and teachers.
An inspirational speaker, as you can tell, and a highly engaging writer, as you will soon find out, Nina has a different take on how we should approach our work with children (hint: it's not the current system ...)
“Labels are for tins, and not for people.”
Can You Put a Price on the Value of Tutoring, with Mike Michalowicz
What would it take for you to view yourself as a business?
Tutors are a business. An incredibly important business, for many students. The most successful tutors are those that take the greatest care of their own business. To maximise your students' learning and ensure you can focus on their needs, you have to be safe in the knowledge that your financial future is secure.
Mike Michalowicz is a world-famous speaker and author in the field of small businesses and entrepreneurialism, building his knowledge off the back of losing it all and having to walk the path of recovery. He knows a thing or two about starting from the bottom.
Mike now leads a series of inspiring communities of motivated entrepreneurs and small business owners, led in their practice by the business techniques laid down by Mike over 15 years of expertise in the industry.
Anxiety and Barriers for School Attendance: Interview with Fran Morgan
Fran Morgan has spent over a decade changing the lives of children who do not 'fit the system'.
Last year, Fran set up Square Peg, a company that works to help nurture the talents and passions of those children that the education system has rejected.
The conversation here is moving and important. Never before has the lack of support and infrastructure for students who don't fall neatly into line been so exposed and it is in this time that children with special educational needs require the greatest care.
Bramble #2: The Largest Ever Study into Online Tutoring, Explored
"You've taken us, as a profession, to another level."
The scale and detail with which Bramble conducted their recent survey into online tutoring is quite incredible. The report on the survey was published recently (you can find it here) but this is the first time they have been able to discuss and explore it in a collaborative environment - Qualified Tutor is delighted to be part of such an important step in this industry's development.
As lockdown takes over the education sector once more, we must all learn the lessons from this spring and ensure that no student is left behind. The National Tutoring Programme is going a long way to achieving this but we have to maintain that classroom experience and consistency for all students, including in their online learning.
Interview with Matthew Hood: Principal of Oak National Academy
20 million lessons delivered, 15 million hours of video already created and published ... and we're heading into a second lockdown.
The Oak National Academy was created in spring 2020 to seamlessly deliver virtual lessons as if school had never been disrupted. They have achieved this aim and much, much more - teachers have noted a hugely reduced workload and a markedly improved quality in teaching and learning for students and teachers.
Matt's background as a classroom teacher, coupled with his unique ability to bring people together, has allowed the Academy to flourish and the platform has endless possible opportunities for growth, from recorded sessions, to SEND specialisms to bearing some of the burden of oversized classrooms and students who don't suit the classroom model.
In this fast-paced and hugely informative episode, we speak to Matthew Hood, the Academy's Principal, about his hopes for the future and how classroom teaching may have already changed forever.
TutorCruncher: Facilitating Tutors and Agencies to Take Charge of their Own Service
Here at Qualified Tutor, we are constantly striving to make tutors aware that their job is a professional role.
Too often, tutors are undervalued and underrepresented, seen as a bit-part role that does not carry a professional standard to it.
The team at TutorCruncher share this same vision. Their business management platform for tutors and agencies allows all parties, tutor, agency and client, to benefit from the efficiency and time-saving automation that the software provides.
Bringing together reports, billing, payments, analytics, teaching tools, website integration and more, this all-encompassing approach allows tutors and agencies to spend more time on doing what they love: improving outcomes for students.
Founded in 2013, the platform continues to take on new clients quickly, being used by many of the industry's biggest and most successful tutors and agencies. Listen in to find out more about the insights from their recent anonymised survey into the use of the platform in the UK and US.
“Companies that we see doing very well are those who take an active role in their client-tutor approach”
The Power of Thunking: How We Can Stop Students Settling for ‘I Don’t Know’
We continue the theme this week of hearing from true experts in the field of education.
Ian Gilbert has been one of the foremost leaders internationally in the field of curriculum change and advocating for a system in which students think and learn for themselves.
Founder of Independent Thinking, a platform that serves the most innovative and creative minds in education, Ian's works cover a range of topics, aimed at students themselves, those involved in the teaching of students and everyone in between.
This roundtable discussion, alongside Qualified Tutor's Founder, Julia Silver, and Lead Facilitator, Adrian Conway, brings out the most important and most topical conversations at this time, with a real focus on challenging the norms in education and how we must alter the way students view their education.
“If your thoughts count, you count.”
In Conversation with ... Qualified Tutor Tier 1 Graduates #6
There is so much to learn from those who've taken part themselves.
Our flagship course, the Qualification for Tutors, continues to grow thanks to the contributions and feedback of our motivated and enthusiastic participants.
There has never been a better time to get into tutoring - Qualified Tutor allows you to build your business alongside industry experts and tutors just like you.
Hear from those in the know about what impact the course had on their confidence and ability and why every tutor should be striving to seek out training and level up.
QUALIFIED TUTOR AND BRAMBLE #1: THE POWER OF ONLINE TUTORING
Bramble are a force to be reckoned with.
HIGH CHALLENGE, LOW THREAT: HOW TUTORS & TEACHERS CAN MAXIMISE STUDENTS’ LEARNING - AN INTERVIEW WITH MARY MYATT
Mary Myatt has changed the way we think about schools and our approach to developing children, both academically and cognitively.
IN CONVERSATION WITH ... QUALIFIED TUTOR TIER 1 GRADUATES #5
This course is powered by the participants.
INTERVIEW WITH DAME ALISON PEACOCK, CEO OF THE CHARTERED COLLEGE OF TEACHING
Our growing relationship with The Chartered College of Teaching takes its next steps here, as the QT team chats to Dame Alison Peacock about how experience of working with tutors and how Learning without Limits is really at the core of what teachers and tutors alike should be aspiring towards.
SMALL GROUP TUITION, AN EXPERT Q&A SESSION WITH QUALIFIED TUTOR
No two episodes are the same.
PODCAST WITH NEWLY-QUALIFIED QUALIFIED TUTOR ALUMNI #4
Each cohort we take through this course builds on the last. It is truly inspiring to see the participants share and grow over the course of the 4 weeks, from safeguarding for tutors to discussions around SEND, mental health and wellbeing in the final session.