Amanda is an Associate Principal Lecturer in Primary Education at Leeds Trinity University, where she specialises in teaching English at Key Stage 2. She has 13 years’ experience as a primary class teacher, and has taught across all primary ages as well as leading Literacy and assessment. She is currently in the final year of study for a Masters in Achievement in City Schools. Her research interests include the engagement and attainment of disadvantaged students in primary school, the effects of poverty on schooling experiences and developing teachers’ knowledge of practice through practitioner inquiry.
Dr. Sue Cox
Dr. Sue Cox is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia. She has worked in primary education for over 40 years, with twelve years as a primary teacher. For the past 30 years she has worked in teacher education and educational research. Currently she teaches and supervises teachers who are undertaking Masters degrees as practitioner researchers. She is particularly interested in children’s agency and participation and has worked to maintain children’s entitlement to the best possible educational experience. She is the author and joint author of several books and of journal articles in her areas of interest.
Peter has been in education professionally for 35 years, teaching in Middle Schools in Oxford, doing advisory work, teaching Higher education and as a Primary Headteacher at Harwell Primary School. He retired from that post in September 2014, but has continued as Chair of OPHTA (Oxfordshire Primary Headteachers; Association), was elected to become Chair of the National Network of Chairs of Headteachers’ Groups in June 2014 and was delighted to have become a NAPE council member this year, serving on the editorial board for Primary First. In January of 2015 he co-founded the Oxford School of Thought, an independent Education Think Tank. He is a trustee and chairs the management committee of another charity, Full Circle, which is well regarded for its ground breaking intergenerational work.
John Coe began teaching in Essex. After primary headships, first of a small rural school and then of an urban school serving an underprivileged community; he joined the West Riding of Yorkshire authority as Inspector of Schools. His second local authority appointment extended over 16 years as Senior Adviser to Oxfordshire. In 1984 he moved into Higher Education as Course Leader of the PGCE Primary Course at the London Institute of Education. A later move to Oxford Brookes University involved him in research and both initial and in-service education. He is a Fellow of the University and a founding member of NAPE.
Robert has been active in NAPE since 1986 when NAPE SE London was established as a university based branch and was elected as its first chair, remaining in post until 2013. His professional background is in initial teacher education, having been involved in higher education since 1973, retiring from full-time work in 2007. Since then hehas continued to support the University of Greenwich as a part-time link-tutor in schools and doing some external examining for other universities. Semi-retirement has also enabled him to develop his interest in school governance, both as a chair of governors in a Greenwich primary school and as a national leader for governance.
Early Years Officer
Anne Nelson has worked as an early years teacher, a primary head and a local authority adviser and head of Early Years and Childcare in an LA. She was Chief Executive of the British Association of Early Childhood Education (Early Education) until March 2009. She is currently an Early Years consultant working nationally and in schools. Anne is Chair of Trustees of the Centre for Early Childhood (CREC), a governor of a Nursery school and a member of the steering group of the Early Childhood Forum (ECF.)
Stuart began his career in primary schools where he was responsible for music and ICT. In demand to deliver INSET for the local authority, he moved out of the classroom in 2002 to lead on the curriculum in the City Learning Centres in Greenwich. Over the next ten years, Stuart implemented a number of initiatives to raise standards through the use of technology. These included games based and handheld learning (and a partnership with Nintendo UK), the use of creativity within the curriculum and of Apple and LEGO Education products. Stuart was responsible for the management of both the Apple Regional Training Centre and LEGO Education Centre in the borough. He was manager of the CLC Scheme in Greenwich from 2008 – 2011. He is a director of IE Solutions, a consultancy focused on computing in schools. Stuart has 20 years teaching experience. He is a LEGO® Education Academy Certified Trainer, an Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Education Trainer and a Digital Cre8or trainer and assessor.
Lynn became chair of NAPE in November 2014 having been a member of NAPE for almost 30 years and a member of council for 6 years.Lynn started as a primary school teacher in the late 1970’s in London in ILEA days and spent her entire career in London schools having experience in both state and Independent sectors. She was a head teacher until July 2014, leaving to become an Educational Consultant. During her years as a head she also, by choice, retained shared responsibility for a class of children. Lynn has worked in residential field centres, ran a variety of CPD, been a consultant working on resources for teacher, and at present provides CPD for teachers from abroad entering our work force as well as running residential arts experiences for children. She is also enjoying her work as Chair of NAPE, particularly the challenges of expending our reach and providing a more interactive service for members.
Joan Norris began her working life in education as a pre-school leader, went on to work as a teacher and lecturer in further education and held the post of Director of HighScope UK from 2001-2005. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Pre-school and Primary Education from the Institute of Education, awards in Assessing and Verification for NVQ and has attended NVC training. She is currently a consultant trainer delivering CPD for practitioners in various London boroughs. She is Chair of Governors of an ‘Outstanding’ Nursery School.
Mark is a professional timpanist, percussionist and educator. He has performed with some the most prestigious orchestras and ensembles in the UK which range from the English National Ballet to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Shakespeare Company to shows in London’s West End.
His passion for education led him to co-create a music education company called Rhythmically Speaking which specialised in whole class rhythm workshops and samba.
Mark has now combined his passion for education and performance by creating the podcast EducationOnFire.com where he shares creative and inspiring learning in our schools.