Welcome to the first episode of our rebranded "The PDHPE and CAFS Podcast"! Today, we have an extraordinary guest, Aaron Johnston, a true gem and leader in primary education. Aaron shares his journey from teacher to assistant principal and how he found his passion in supporting teachers through coaching and mentoring. Join us as we explore the power of teamwork in teaching, how to create a supportive community, and embrace the joy of experimentation in the classroom. Whether you're a primary or high school teacher, this episode is packed with inspiration and practical takeaways!

Episode Takeaways:

  • The power of community: Discover how building a supportive network of teachers can bring a positive impact in the classroom.
  • Embracing creativity: Find joy in teaching by infusing your unique ideas and creativity into your lessons to engage and excite students.
  • Beyond the script: While resources can save time, remember that you have the freedom to personalize and adapt them to suit your students' needs and your teaching style.
  • Taking risks in the classroom: Be open to trying new strategies and approaches, even if some experiments fail. It's all part of the learning process.
  • Seeking support: If you feel isolated in your school, don't hesitate to explore online teaching communities and mentoring programs that can provide invaluable connections and insights. Together, we can make teaching a magical journey of growth and fulfilment

Show Notes 


If you're ready to teach CAFS with a more strategic approach and help your students achieve their desired results while loving the subject, you've come to the right place. Join me on this podcast as we explore simplified strategies, get inspired, and connect, learn, and grow together. 

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Since 2004 I have been teaching PDHPE and Community & Family Studies. I love learning. It lights me up. I am so passionate about supporting you to be the best educator you can be.

My Purpose
To grow a lively and connected community, where Community & Family Studies teachers can network, learn and share with each other.

My Mission
To build on the knowledge, understanding and skills of Community & Family Studies teachers to set their students up for success with confidence.



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