The NEC Podcast

Esther Chesterman (CEO of the National Extension College) and Samreen Shah sit down to discuss all things education, with a particular emphasis on distance learning and how we can work towards making education accessible for all students.

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Thursday Nov 09, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, Samreen Shah and Esther Chesterman talk about inclusion, protected characteristics and identity-based bullying in schools. Identity-based bullying refers to any form of bullying related to the characteristics considered part of a person's identity - this can include their disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

In this episode, Esther is joined by NEC's very own Karyn Nash, who is a qualified teacher and Pastoral Support Officer. Together they discuss the important stages and transitions in education that some students may find challenging and how to deal with them.

Episode 5 - Postbag

Monday Jun 26, 2023

Monday Jun 26, 2023

Hosts Esther Chesterman and Samreen Shah take a look back at the past four episodes of the podcast as they respond to comments left by listeners which expand on the topics covered previously.

Wednesday May 10, 2023

In this episode, Esther and Samreen are joined by Karyn Nash, who is a qualified teacher and Pastoral Support Officer at the National Extension College. Karyn was diagnosed with ADHD in her 50s and is currently working towards a Masters specialising in ADHD and autism. This episode focuses on Karyn's personal journey with ADHD as well as methods of early detection and the benefits of early intervention for students with ADHD.

Tuesday Apr 11, 2023

Esther and Samreen are joined by global educator and specialist in positive psychology, mindfulness and social emotional learning, Dr Helen Maffini to discuss emotional wellbeing within education. In this episode, the discussion touches on the reasons why students' emotional wellbeing is so important and Helen suggests strategies to implement mindfulness techniques both in educational settings and outside of school.

Episode 2 - School Refusal

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Esther Chesterman and Samreen Shah take a look at the issues faced by children who struggle to go to school.

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Esther Chesterman and Samreen Shah explore the issues regarding access arrangements for exams, the challenges for students and parents and some solutions.


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