National Association for Primary Education to sponsor the Education on Fire network

I am delighted to announce that The National Association for Primary Education are the new sponsor for the Education on Fire podcast network. This new collaboration will include a new NAPE podcast being produced by Education on Fire.

Who are NAPE?
‘Nape speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Our aim 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.’


The National Association for Primary Education (NAPE) brings together everyone who has a concern for the learning of children from birth to 13 years. Members and affiliated schools work to improve education through the Early, Primary and Middle Years.

  • All are welcome as members; Heads, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents, School Governors. Inspectors, Administrators and entire School Communities.
  • Members have an important voice exercised democratically. We influence public opinion and regular meetings are held with government ministers. The association is totally neutral politically.
  • There are meetings of members both locally and nationally. Local associations can be formed.
  • Conferences and workshops are arranged both locally and nationally.
  • The association is administered by an elected National Council meeting termly to review progress and discuss national issues. Detailed administration is delegated to an Executive Committee which reports to the Council.
  • NAPE is a prominent member of the Primary Umbrella Group which brings together all organisations working in the primary sector including subject associations and unions. This is a new and rapidly developing field of work which is facilitating cooperation and partnership.
  • All aspects of education are experienced by children in their primary schools and we have strong links with subject associations.We often engage in cooperative ventures with them.

The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them.

Want to join NAPE? – NAPE Value-of-Membership

Full details at

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Steam School – Are you prepared for future jobs in tech and digital?

Steam School hosts a weekly live broadcast & a mini challenge with innovators from the world of science, tech & digital media to help schools meet the challenge of equipping young people with 21st century aspirations and skills.  Our shows are produced with a Youtube generation in mind… they are’ v-log styled’ with real people, sitting at the desks achieving #STEAMTASTIC awesomeness.  We showcase the stories of young innovators, discuss tech trends and reveal the inner workings of some of the globes biggest brands!

Launched in January 2018 they have been working with a small number of pilot schools in the UK. As the end of the academic year approaches they are now ready to recruit more schools into our programme.

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Steam School Showcase

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Teacher Training Opportunities this Summer at the Royal Opera House

Dear Teacher,

The Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programmes place creative learning at the centre of every child’s education, attainment and experience. Our online resources, written by experienced teachers, are high quality, inspirational materials that can be adapted to all classrooms and student abilities.

Explore the programmes and develop your skills at our CPD Days at the Royal Opera House in July!

• imaginative classroom creative activities based on dance and singing

• digital resources to use in ways that suit the needs of your students

• a 10, 5 or 2 week scheme of work aligned to the National Curriculum


Create and Dance Nutcracker
Thursday 05 July; 9.00-4.00pm

To develop your skills in dance pedagogy and choreography

NB. The Nutcracker programme costs £150 for 1 teacher and a class of 30 to complete and includes the INSET, mid point support, a creative challenge with prizes and cinema visit to see The Nutcracker ballet.

For more information or to sign up email create& or call 0203 772 6373

Create and Sing Carmen
Friday 06 July; 9.00-3.30pm

To develop skills in singing, directing and conducting working with a vocal lead and a director in a series of classroom activities inspired by Bizet’s Carmen. This CPD is FREE.

For more information or to sign up email or call 0203 772 6291


For further information about our other Learning programmes, please visit our online learning platform here.



‘It has been one of the best things I have done with my class! The use of appraisal and listening to each other has trickled through into other subjects; not just this project. I’ve felt the impact even on their writing, they are much more open to feedback and evaluation.’
Create and Dance Nutcracker Class Teacher, Helpringham Primary School

“Teaching Opera… not as something high, elite and exclusive – it’s very accessible and has very tangible skills to take away.”
Create and Sing Carmen Class Teacher, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Greater London

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My top downloaded education podcasts in seasons 1-4


So as I am finishing up my season 4 I thought it would be interesting to look back at the Education on Fire journey so far with my top downloaded education podcasts in seasons 1-4.   We have people listening in over 65 countries around the world from the UK to New Zealand. Wow I really didn’t realise we would reach so far around the globe, thank you.   Just to give a sense of how far we have travelled here are the top downloaded podcasts in each season. I would be interested to know if these were your favourites or if the conversations really supported you in anyway?


  • Season 1.

My interview with Janice Mardell – Headteacher from Overstone Primary School.  If this environment could be created in every school then I think we would have some very inspired children on a path of discovery.


  • Season 2.

ICT with Mr.P Mr Parkinson is a primary school teacher who specialises in the use of technology to raise standards across the curriculum. His training and INSET provides teachers with a wealth of knowledge on the most engaging and inspiring ways to improve standards in Literacy, Numeracy and the NEW primary Curriculum using modern technology.


  • Season 3.

Men of Abundance podcaster Wally Carmichael and his son Dalton talked to me as I continued to ask ‘What do children think about their schooling? We get some great insights from Dalton about selling old toys to create income and Wally talks about his own experiences and those of his older sons. We discuss practical learning as well as traditional academia and how this can help learning skills for trade jobs and not just degrees. The different ways  that we all learn and how the personalised approach is supportive for everyone not just those who seem to be struggling. How education can still be linked back to the ideals of the industrial revolution and what is needed to help children prepare for the workforce of the future .


  • Season 4.

Jayne Clancy was Headteacher of Hartwell Primary School for 13 years. I spoke to her at the end of the summer term 2017 in her final weeks before retiring. I wanted to interview Jayne because living locally I know what a fabulously musical school Hartwell is. I didn’t realise at the time Jayne was retiring, so this is a really fitting look back at how  music in the school has played such a big part in creating a rich environment for the pupils. I wanted to share how it is possible for you to put music at the heart of your school to aid the whole curriculum, not diminish it.


  • Bonus Episodes.

Listen to Bruce Langford host of the Mindfulness Mode Podcast  interview me about my thoughts on education and how my schooling supported me to follow my dreams and become a professional musician.


I really appreciate you listening and for all the comments and emails. If you have any thoughts on what season 5 should focus on please drop me a line at

Don’t miss the last episode in season 4 next week. I will reveal my biggest takeaways and have a limited time musical offer for your school that you won’t want to miss. If you enjoy listening to education podcasts please share some of your favourites for us all to explore.

Thanks for inspiring and keep up the great work.

Mark Taylor – Creator & Host

Education on Fire

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