Robert Young

General Secretary
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.

Amanda Nuttall

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 Cansell – Information Officer

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 – Editor of Primary First

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.

Stuart Swann

Vice Chair
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.

Dr Robert Morgan

Robert has 12 years’  experience as a primary school teacher from schools in Torfaen, Southwark and Bexley. He was a mathematics, assessment and history coordinator, a teacher governor, well-being officer and an assistant headteacher. He was appointed to the University of Greenwich in 2007 as a senior lecturer in Education & professional Studies. Robert’s doctoral (EdD) dissertation explored the perceptions of trainee teachers working with teaching assistants. Robert is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and external examiner at the University of Wolverhampton. Robert is the vice-chair of SACRE for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, chair of the Agreed Syllabus Committee for the same borough and a trustee of the Compass multi-academy set of schools, also in Greenwich.

Wendy Scott

Wendy Scott is a Froebelian early years teacher with extensive experience in the PVI sector as well as schools. Headship of a demonstration nursery school was followed by a senior lectureship at Roehampton University, where she co-ordinated the original advanced diploma in multi-professional studies.   Wendy has been an early years and primary inspector in London, and has worked across England as an OFSTED Registered Inspector and trainer. She led The British Association for Early Childhood Education and chaired the national Early Childhood Forum before becoming a specialist adviser to the DfES, and working abroad with the British Council and UNICEF. She is currently President of TACTYC, the Association for Professional Development in Early Years, and has judged the Nursery World Nursery of the Year competition since 2008. She was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2015.