Tom Bennett – Behaviour, Teacher Workload and ResearchEd

January 6, 2017 - Podcast
Tom Bennett – Behaviour, Teacher Workload and ResearchEd

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to someone I’ve been wanting to get on the show for ages – Tom Bennett.

Among many other things, Tom is a former Religious Studies teacher, a prolific blogger, the Behaviour Advisor to the UK Department of Education and the founder of ResearchEd. He also has the notable honour of being the first ever non-maths specialist guest on the show, although you would never know it with his impressive recollection of the digits of Pi.

In a wide ranging, interview we covered the following things and more:

I am obviously ridiculously biased, but I hope you will agree with me that this interview is essential listening for any teacher, no matter what their age or experience. On a personal level, it made me feel like I was not alone in some of the struggles I have had with my classes over the years, and I now feel a lot more equipped with practical, tried and tested strategies to get behaviour back on track.

If this interview has hooked in any fellow non maths specialists, then I would just like to remind people that over at my Diagnostic Questions website you will find not just maths questions, but also thousands of top-quality, free Science and Computer Science questions, as well as growing numbers in subjects like English and Languages. And just so the maths crew do not feel left out, February 14th 2017, as well as being a day of romance, will also mark the start of the 100 day GCSE Maths Revision Stream at Diagnostic Questions. This will be 100% free, and you can sign up by following this link: There will also be two Primary Streams for Key Stage 1 and 2 Maths SATs, and two IB Maths Streams. What better present for your loved one than 2 maths questions a day for 100 days – it truly is the gift that keeps giving.

Tom’s Blog is:
On Twitter Tom is: @tombennett71

The DfE ITT Working Party document that Tom mentions can be found here

Links to the research that Tom mentions, as well as all the research cited by my previouis guests, can be found here
The books Tom recommends, along with those recommended by my other guests, can be found here

Tom Bennett’s Big 3
1. Becoming a Research Lead
2. The Science of Learning – Deans for Impact
3. ResarchEd

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
Mr Barton Maths Blog
Twitter: @mrbartonmaths
Diagnostic Questions
Mr Barton Maths Podcast
Just the Job Podcast

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