National Association for Primary Education

Mark Taylor

The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. On this podcast we discuss the work and lectures of Christian Schiller, interview education specialist and explain how NAPE is working for you. Our aim is to achieve a higher priority for the education of children from birth to 13. High quality learning in the early years of life is vitally important to the creation of an educated society. Young children are not simply preparing for the future, they are living a never to be repeated time of life and the best way to learn is to live.

360 Skills For Life with Rob Hattersley - NAPE 081
18-05-2022
360 Skills For Life with Rob Hattersley - NAPE 081
Prepared for life, not just exams 360 are a dynamic social enterprise developing essential skills for life in young people through an interactive learning approach we call discuss, decide and do. 360 Skills For Life provide scenario-based educational experiences that equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger and more sustainable communities. Experience Skill City, their unique VR environment, bringing to life real world safeguarding dilemmas in realistic but safe scenarios. Their values We listen in order to continually learn and improve We connect and collaborate because partnerships achieve more for less We put the learner and their needs first We empower and challenge rather than instruct We engage and involve learners in our development We adapt and are flexible when encountering new situations and knowledge We include all learners regardless of age, disability, gender, relationship or parental status, race, belief, sex or sexual orientation We seek the best in everyone to realise individual and collective potential Their approach Holistic, cross-curricular education that delivers transferable skills for 21st century life Immersive, practical and interactive learning in which users discuss, make decisions and then do, rather than simply learning facts Awareness of surroundings to make good risk assessments, confidently make better decisions and deal with individual and collective challenges Blended learning where online, in-school and outdoor strands are closely integrated Provision of a realistic dilemma-based virtual Skill City as the core resource Partnership with other organisations to maximise impact and value Full details available at (www.360skillsforlife.org)
Nature Premium campaign with Dr Sara Collins - NAPE 080
04-05-2022
Nature Premium campaign with Dr Sara Collins - NAPE 080
The Nature Premium campaign is being led by the (Forest School Association (FSA)). With around 2000 practicing members the Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting and supporting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for all.   Guidance is being provided by a campaign steering group comprising representatives of key organisations within the outdoors learning industry and conservation sector (campaign partners).  In addition, the campaign will seek support from allies across multiple sectors. The private sector will be particularly important in terms of sponsoring the campaign and achieving our goal.  The campaign has been developed and managed on an entirely voluntary basis with the (FSA) underwriting the costs and (FSA) directors contributing a huge amount of their time. We recognise that the campaign is more likely to be successful if it has additional voluntary and financial resources.  The campaign is deliberately independent and simply seeks to increase children’s engagement with nature and realise the huge number of associated benefits. Supporters within the outdoors learning industry will, on their own terms, lay-out and make their ‘offer’ for how the nature premium could be used to support school communities, young people, and families. Each will use their own networks to support the campaign. Dr Sara Collins is a biologist who completed her doctorate at Imperial College, London while working with the Forestry Commission. Post research she worked for a Palo Alto biotech company focusing on European sales, expanding into Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus. At the same time, she completed her MBA. She took a career break when her son was born and worked as a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Bath University where she wrote and taught a course on developing entrepreneurial skills in biotechnology. Sara qualified as a Forest School practitioner because it took her back to nature and fitted in with her son’s academic year. She is deputy-chair of a national charity and FRSA. Sara has worked in urban, multi-ethnic primary schools in Portsmouth for over ten years and developed the volunteer led Nature Premium campaign during Lockdown I. She continues to combine campaigning with her self-employed work in local schools. saracollins@naturepremium.org (www.naturepremium.org/) (Click to watch NAPE's Christian Schiller Lecture presented by Nancy Stewart 'Cherishing the growth of young children: what early years education can be' ) 2 online events for the summer term Mental Health/Wellbeing - How to support pupils with transition to secondary school with Sam Moinet from Student Breakthrough (May 16th) Ocean Plastic & Climate Change - Join Ellie Jackson author of the Wild Tribe Heroes book series as we invite pupils to write a story based on this topic in a writing festival (June 13th)  For full details and booking forms please visit (nape.org.uk/online-events)
SEN CPD with Dr Anne Margaret Smith - NAPE 074
17-11-2021
SEN CPD with Dr Anne Margaret Smith - NAPE 074
National Association for Primary Education presents: Special Educational Needs CPD Monday 6th December 2021 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM This online zoom event will cover 3 areas of Special Educational Needs to help you support your pupils: - English as an Additional Language (EAL) - How to identify children who may also have dyslexia or another SPLD - Common speech, language and communication needs Co-occurring challenges Do you ever worry that a child in your class is not making the progress you were expecting? There may be many reasons for this – and some will overlap. In this interactive session, we will look at some of the causes of underachievement, and try to find some solutions that could benefit the whole class. We will start by looking at how all teachers can effectively support those learners who are using English as an Additional Language (EAL), and then move on to what we should be alert to in order to identify any children who also may have dyslexia or another SPLD. Finally, we will look at some common speech, language and communication needs, and how they could be met in the classroom. Please feel free to bring your questions and share your experiences, so that, as a group, we can empower each other to support our learners.   Host Mark Taylor (Vice Chair NAPE) - Mark has been a professional percussionist for 25 years and performed with some of the major orchestras and arts organisations in the UK. Mark combines his performing career with teaching drums/percussion in schools and providing whole class rhythm workshops. Mark is the creator and host of the Education on Fire podcast. He interviews educators from around the world so that he can enable his listeners to support children to live, learn and grow to their full potential. He has recorded over 300 episodes which have been downloaded in over 135 countries. Presenter Dr. Anne Margaret Smith started her career as a teacher of English as a foreign / additional language around 30 years ago. Alongside her language teaching, she also works as a dyslexia assessor and specialist tutor, and has designed an assessment tool to allow us to identify SpLDs in multilingual people. She founded ELT well in 2005, to combine these two fields of education, and offers professional development and resources to language teachers in all contexts. She is currently also training to be a Speech and Language Therapist. If you can not join us live a replay will be available. Event Fee £12.50 per person  FREE to NAPE members (use promotional code at checkout) To book please visit (
International Montessori Institute Scholarships - NAPE 068
03-06-2021
International Montessori Institute Scholarships - NAPE 068
Leonor Stjepic, is an award-winning social enterprise entrepreneur, whose career has spanned both the private and NGO sectors. She is Chief Executive of the Montessori Group as well as Chair of the Board of Directors of Montessori Centre International. James Archer is the Centre Director of the International Montessori Institute. Prior to this he was the Course Director of the BA Primary Education Accelerated (2 Year) degree. He has worked on and written various validations of innovative programmes in the Carnegie School of Education. The International Montessori Institute, a centre within the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University (LBU), has launched a scholarship programme to support the next generation of Montessori educators. The Institute was established in August 2020 and will provide the UK’s first dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Montessori education. Funded by the Montessori Group, the first scholarships of £2,000 each will be awarded to 25 students who are studying on the BA (Hons) Primary Education Accelerated Degree (Montessori) in the 2021/22 academic year. The relationship between the Carnegie School of Education and the Montessori Group means that further scholarships will be awarded in the future years of the partnership. This scholarship will be first awarded in the next academic year, with applicants to LBU able to apply for the scholarship as part of their application to the university. Website ( Media Information Leonor Stjepic Twitter: @LeonorStjepic LinkedIn: Archer Twitter: @mrjamesarcher International Montessori Institute Twitter: @Montessori_LBU The Montessori Group Twitter: @MontessoriUk LinkedIn: @MontessoriUk To get your FREE e-copy of the professional journal Primary First please visit (
Independent Thinking with Ian Gilbert – NAPE 067
12-05-2021
Independent Thinking with Ian Gilbert – NAPE 067
Mark Taylor chats to NAPE patron Ian Gilbert. Since founding Independent Thinking in 1994, Ian has built a global reputation as an educational thinker, innovator, entrepreneur, speaker and award-winning editor and writer. He was listed by the IB magazine as one of their top 15 ‘educational visionaries’.  Never happier than when he is making children’s brains hurt, he has a unique first-hand perspective on the world of education having lived and worked in schools and universities in the UK, the Middle East, South America and Asia. He is now sharing his time between Rotterdam, where his wife is an international school principal, and their home in the middle of nowhere deep in West Wales. He wasn’t always interested in exotic foreign travel and meeting interesting people from different countries, as he started off his educational career teaching French in Northampton. He didn't really want to be a French teacher and, while you would think not wanting to teach French to people who didn't want to learn it might be a match made in heaven, it was only ever really a stepping stone. His main ambition was to work with young people in the areas that most fascinated him then and in which he has become such an important figure today – thinking, learning, motivation, creativity and helping all members of the school community be the best they can be. Through his many books including the ever-popular Thunks collection, his ongoing classroom work with children and young people, his keynotes and workshops at conferences around the world and his continuous work with teachers and leaders in schools, Ian has shown a whole generation of educators that there is always another way.  Following a chance meeting in the staff room, Ian was encouraged to set up Independent Thinking in 1994 and, since then, has built up a unique educational organisation that acts as a platform for some of the UK’s leading innovative educators and school leaders as well as serving as a ‘lighthouse’ for so many practitioners who might otherwise fall prey to the idea that silence is respect, obedience is behaviour, grades measure education and teaching and learning are the same thing. Website (www.independentthinking.co.uk) Social Media Information @ITLWorldwide on Twitter independentthinkingworldwide on Instagram The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
A balanced and broadly based curriculum Q&A with Dr.Tony Eaude – NAPE 066
09-04-2021
A balanced and broadly based curriculum Q&A with Dr.Tony Eaude – NAPE 066
Towards a balanced and broadly-based curriculum was the theme of the National Association for Primary Education conference in March 2021. The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Tony Eaude. This is a follow up Q&A taken from a subsequent Facebook live event. Tony suggested four main arguments for a balanced and broadly-based primary curriculum: that the law states that schools must offer this (as it does) and that Ofsted expect this (at least from 7 years old); one based on how children create coherent, robust and flexible identities, enhancing their well-being and founded on a sense of agency; one based on a conception of democratic citizenship in which children are increasingly enabled to deal with complex ideas right from the start; and a social justice one that such a curriculum will open up opportunities from which many children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will otherwise be excluded. Questions & comments from our delegates Retired Headteacher Dr Eaude's argument for a balanced and broadly based curriculum is compelling. Moving forwards, is it possible for schools to work with the current National Curriculum Framework to achieve this?  Do Academies, rather than Local Authority schools, have the most potential and freedom to develop such curriculum experiences? Where (in England) is curriculum innovation to be found at present? What is the National Association of Primary Education's role in this argument? As a student in my final year of an undergraduate course, I am currently working on an assignment about my own educational philosophy which very much aligns with Dr. Eaude’s Schiller speech. Embarking into my NQT year in September I know the best way to change this is starting in my own classroom. However big questions arise with that: What can I do beyond that? If there is not enough support or like-minded colleagues, How can I reach out to ensure this way of teaching the curriculum is opened up on to all the children in the community? Where can I find more support? For more information about Dr. Tony Eaude please visit his website  ( information about NAPE is available at  ( find out more about Christian Schiller HMI please click on the link below ( (​) The Schiller Book, published by NAPE, 'In His Own Words', can be purchased for only £5.
Christian Schiller Lecture 2021 with Dr. Tony Eaude - NAPE 065
28-03-2021
Christian Schiller Lecture 2021 with Dr. Tony Eaude - NAPE 065
Towards a balanced and broadly-based curriculum was the theme of the National Association for Primary Education conference in March 2021. The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Tony Eaude. He suggested four main arguments for a balanced and broadly-based primary curriculum: that the law states that schools must offer this (as it does) and that Ofsted expect this (at least from 7 years old); one based on how children create coherent, robust and flexible identities, enhancing their well-being and founded on a sense of agency; one based on a conception of democratic citizenship in which children are increasingly enabled to deal with complex ideas right from the start; and a social justice one that such a curriculum will open up opportunities from which many children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will otherwise be excluded. Schiller was an inspector in Liverpool in the 1920s, a role very different from that of inspectors now – more to advise and encourage than to evaluate. Schiller’s concern at the desperate squalor and poverty which he witnessed there - his humanity – and the narrow and inappropriate curriculum on offer comes through very strongly in what he said and wrote (Schiller, 1979). His main concern was for children’s basic needs to be met, in terms of being properly fed, clothed and cared-for but he also believed passionately that children in the elementary schools he saw should have a broader, richer and more suitable range of experiences - with his emphasis being on physical activity and the arts. While Schiller 2 went on to work in other roles, supporting primary headteachers and teachers, this early experience was formative and remained with him for the next fifty years or so. In his lecture Tony suggests that the humanities should be seen fluidly as including history, geography, religion, philosophy, literature, languages and culture, more generally; and fulfil a central role in how children construct and weave together their multiple identities into a coherent identity. The Humanities 20:20 manifesto (www.humanities2020.org.uk) summarizes why the humanities matter, arguing that they enable children to: 1. consider questions about the meaning and purpose of their lives; 2. explore their own identities, values and beliefs and concepts such as time, space and faith; 3. develop skills and habits associated with critical and creative thinking; 4. extend their cultural and imaginative horizons; 5. learn to empathise with people who are different, as well as those who are similar, thereby celebrating diversity and challenging stereotypes; 6. learn about democracy, global citizenship and sustainability; 7. strengthen a sense of care for themselves, each other and the planet in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To find out more please visit Dr. Tony Eaude's website ( information about NAPE is available at ( interviews between Dr. Tony Eaude and Mark Taylor can be found at: ( (
Who are you? with Penny Borkett – NAPE 063
06-03-2021
Who are you? with Penny Borkett – NAPE 063
Mark Taylor (Vice Chair of National Association for Primary Education) talks to Penny Borkett. Penny wrote an article for the Primary First Journal issue 29 entitled: Who are you? - The importance of building identity in the early years and the place of culture within this. Penny has spent many years working as a teaching assistant in a variety of schools. She decided to study as a mature student for a degree which focused on children in the early years. After completing that degree she decided to continue studying and completed her MA. At the time she was working as a Portage worker in a Children's Centre in a multi-cultural area so became very interested in inclusion and working with communities from other parts of the world. She then worked for a while as a Children's Centre Co-ordinator before moving to Sheffield Hallam University to teach. Penny's book (Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education )reveals how cultural diversity can be celebrated in every early years setting. Acknowledging the impact of culture on a child’s development and identity, the book demonstrates the need for practitioners to appreciate cultural difference, value diversity and ensure inclusive practices. Alongside comprehensive discussion of current and historical policy relating to multiculturalism and relevant sociocultural theory, the book provides practical guidance and resources to support practitioners in responding to the challenges of working with families and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Chapters focus on topics such as: policy and the role of the practitioner sociocultural theories relating to child development building working relationships with families the impact of culture on a child's identity enabling environments and inclusive strategies. Including case studies, reflective questions and suggestions for further reading and research, this essential book will help early years practitioners and students to embrace the varied cultural heritages of the children in their care. National Association for Primary Education publish a professional journal called Primary First 3 times a year. It is FREE to NAPE members or can be purchased for £5 from the National Office. NAPE are creating a series of podcasts from Primary First contributors to hear from the people and organisations behind the written word. If you would like read a past issue of the Primary First journal you can receive a FREE e-copy by visiting  (nape.org.uk/journal) To purchase issue 29 and read Penny's article please contact