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Oxfordshire Headteachers Conference 2021

Leading To A Brighter Future.

Headteachers have responded brilliantly to the many issues brought about by Covid 19, and the consequent demands made upon them by politicians, parents and the media.

Join them for an online conference which brings together a unique group of speakers, who all realise the importance of change in our education system, and that things should not “go back to normal”.  Alongside the huge physical effort of keeping schools going, headteachers and teachers – of all phases – have been reflecting on ways to engage our children by creating better learning environments.

The conference will include:

* A main programme of brief presentations by great speakers throughout the day
* Workshops and seminars addressing children’s needs
* Short videos of innovative practitioner classroom practice available to watch on demand
* The opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues via video chat

The main stage will be recorded so that delegates will have access to the talks for up to five days after the conference, so any talks you might have missed on the day or just want to watch again will be available for that time period.

Speakers include, Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching on The Future of Teaching, Ruth Seymour, Richard Gerver, Jan Dubiel and Bill Lucas. More exciting speakers listed below.

For more details and to book please visit:

Education on Fire Named Best Educational Podcast 2021


I’m delighted to announce that Education on Fire has made the shortlist of Learning Ladders’ ‘Best Educational Podcast 2021’ awards.

We were shortlisted alongside 46 other podcasts from a long list of over 100 entries, for our dedication to providing useful, actionable and credible advice to educators.

The awards panel featured teachers, school leaders, and EdTech entrepreneurs including Learning Ladders’ founder, Matt Koster-Marcon, who is also Chair of the EdTech Special Interest Group at BESA.

For busy teachers, podcasts are increasingly a great CPD resource, providing inspiration, entertainment, and new ways of thinking about education.

We’re proud to be included in the list, and would also like to congratulate the other shortlisted podcasts for their incredible work.

Visit the full list of recommended podcasts, which cover topics such as EdTech, EYFS, and SEND, to read our full entry.

Towards a balanced and broadly-based curriculum

On 8th March 2021 the National Association for Primary Education held their annual Schiller Lecture presented by Dr. Tony Eaude. Due to the pandemic this was the first time it was held virtually and the recording is available for you here.

Dr. Eaude has published widely on a range of educational topics extending from pedagogy in the classroom to children’s moral, social and cultural development, earning himself the reputation as one of the most articulate and enlightened voices in the primary sector. His most recent book (2020), Identity, Culture and Belonging: Educating Young Children for a Changing World, characteristically draws on his wealth of teaching experience in the primary school, including headship and his insights into the changing contexts for schooling and children’s development. This was recorded at the Zoom NAPE Conference 2021 accompanied with the slides Tony had written for it.
To 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.

Free online CPD with Lyfta and British Council

Lyfta has a limited number of free places on their highly-rated CPD course, ‘Teach Sustainable Development Goals, skills and values with Lyfta’, available for state-funded schools in England and Scotland through the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. Lyfta is inviting teachers to a free CPD training webinar, free no-obligation access to the Lyfta platform and resources (for at least a term), as well as ongoing support to create a range of high quality lessons for students.

What is Lyfta?
Lyfta is an award-winning, digital platform where teachers and students can easily access immersive and interactive storyworlds with engaging lesson and assembly plans.

The dynamic and powerful platform brings compelling stories from around the world to children in their home or school. Each storyworld features real people and places.Their inspiring stories are brought to life through short documentaries and multimedia content. This combination of place, people and pedagogy is unique to the Lyfta experience.

Lyfta’s resources are designed to be easily accessible and flexible and can be used for both home learning and classroom settings. The theme-based learning experiences are ideal for teaching subjects such as literacy, personal, social and health education, geography, religious and moral education, social studies, global citizenship, sustainable development and expressive arts, as well as fostering values and skills such as resilience, empathy, self-direction and critical thinking.


You can listen to my NAPE podcast interview with Penny on the Education on Fire website

Or on your favourite podcast app. Find the link here

Empathy Week 22-26 February 2021

Empathy Week is a global schools programme that uses the power of film to develop the skills of empathy, leadership and resilience in young people. In 2020, schools in 48 countries across 6 continents took part. We’re continuing to build the #EmpathyGeneration on 22-26 February 2021 by providing:

🎥 5 human films, 5 realities

❤️ Differentiated resources

🌍 A massive global #empathy action project

🏫 Primary and Secondary curriculum for 2021

🔗 Register @


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