National Association for Primary Education

Oxfordshire Headteachers’ Conference – NAPE 020


Below you can see the conference programme and links for those organisations who chatted to me on the podcast.

Oxfordshire Outdoor Learning Trust


Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon


Layla Moran is a Physics teacher by profession, formerly working in a state secondary school, as a Head of Year in an international school and latterly with an Oxford-based Education organisation.


She read Physics at Imperial College and holds an MA in Comparative Education.  She is a school governor at a primary school in her constituency. Layla was inspired to go into politics by her passion to see that every child, no matter their background, should have a fair chance of making the best of this world. She overturned a 9,500 vote Conservative majority to win Oxford West & Abingdon in June 2017.  She is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Education, and sits also on the Public Accounts Select Committee.


Layla has an international background; she has lived in many countries including Belgium, Greece, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Jordan and speaks French fluently along with some Spanish, Arabic and Greek.


Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL


Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL was born in Trinidad in 1949 and came to England as a 10 year old child in 1960. She left school at 16 with the aim of becoming Britain’s first ever black woman bank manager but changed direction and became an actress, presenter, writer, independent producer, working peer and an active advocate for the welfare, care and education of children throughout the world. She has also headed a successful film and television production company.
She has been in show business for 48 years appearing on stage, film, radio and television. She became a household name through her appearances in the iconic children’s programmes Playschool and PlayAway. After 42 years she still appears on children’s television, her greatest love.


She has written over 30 books and in 2016 her book ‘Coming to England’ was chosen as a ‘Guardian Children’s Book of the Year’.  Her broadcasting work has been recognised with numerous awards, including an OBE in 2001, a Special Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award in 2004 and the J.M Barrie Lifetime Award in 2012 for her lasting cultural legacy. In 2013 she was made a Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and last year she was appointed as President of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
She was Chancellor of the University of Exeter for 10 years and became famous for hugging every graduate imploring them to ‘change the world’. When she stepped down as Chancellor the University put up a statue of her in recognition of her contribution to the City of Exeter.


She was the first woman Trinidadian to be elevated to the House of Lords in 2010 and speaks on children’s, diversity and media issues and recently was successful in getting the government to bring in legislation for commercial broadcasters to provide UK made television programmes. This year she was granted Honorary Freedom of the City of London and the Prime Minister appointed her Chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee to create a lasting memorial to celebrate the contribution to Britain made by the Windrush Generation.


2019 Conference Programme

Wednesday 27 February
Doors open at midday for any individual headteacher, or groups of heads who wish to meet and lunch at their own expense
15.00: Trade Fair
16.00: Welcome: Lynn Knapp, Chair of the Oxon Heads’ Conference Committee
16.10: David Clarke – Deputy Director Education Oxfordshire County Council
16.30: Andy Buck:  Six Secrets to Success – powerful habits that school leaders at all levels can adopt for maximum impact on pupil outcomes
17.30: New Heads half hour, and Trade Fair
19.00: Oxon Young Musicians
19.30: Dinner
Thursday 28 February
09.00: Welcome
09.10: Floyd Woodrow: Compass For Life – Elite Leadership and Performance
10.05: Workshop org/Break/Trade Fair
10.55: Workshops:  Luke Bramhall: Poverty Proofing the School Day,  Brookes University (Rachel Payne and James Bird): Developing curriculum in partnership: embedding the visual arts, Brookes University (Adrienne Duggan): Using Drama to Explore Science, Floyd Woodrow: Compass for Life – Elite Leadership and Performance, Rikki Arundel: Supporting gender variant pupils in schools
11.55 to 12.05 change over
12.05: Rikki Arundel: Rethinking Sex and Gender
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Workshops
15.00: Break/Trade Fair
15.30: Professor Becky Parker: “You are never too young to be a scientist”
16.30: Trade Fair
19.30: Dinner: with prize giving
21.15: After dinner entertainment
22.00: Disco
Friday 1 March
09.15: Conference recommences
09.30:  Layla Moran MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and Lib/Dem spokeswoman for education; The Future of Education, followed by discussion on Oxfordshire and national educational matters
10.30: Break
11.00: David Clarke: chairs pupil projects in Oxon schools
11.45: Conference evaluation
12.00: Baroness Floella Benjamin: Childhood lasts a lifetime
13.00: Conference ends






National Association for Primary Education

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.

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Christian Schiller in his own words – NAPE 018

An extract from a lecture ‘On the Curriculum’ 28th January 1958

The National Association for Primary Education present an annual lecture with a guest speaker who creates their talk inspired by the work of Christian Schiller.

This episode is read by Mark Taylor from the book ‘Christian Schiller in his own words’



Christian Schiller was born on the 20th September 1895. He went to a prep school and then to Gresham’s School where he was head boy. Military service in the First World War followed and he was wounded in action.

After the war he read mathematics at Cambridge and then studied with Percy Nunn at the London Day Training College before beginning his teaching career. In 1924 he was appointed HMI and then followed a long period of work with the schools in Liverpool where his
contact with poor children and their families was a deeply formative experience. He became District Inspector and later filled this role in Worcestershire.

In 1946 he became Staff Inspector for Primary Education and his influence, often in partnership with his friend Robin Tanner, HMI and etcher, was strongly felt as elementary schools developed into primary schools with a distinctive child centred approach which drew on children’s innate creativity and which recognised the powerful learning which comes from direct experience.

On his retirement in 1955 he began a new career as he created a one year course at the University of London Institute of Education for teachers and heads seconded from their schools. Each course was kept small, no more than 12 people who spent their year visiting schools and in discussion led by Schiller who often remained largely silent until he revealed his vision and optimism about the future in a brief summing up. There were no examinations or required coursework yet, as this writer will testify, everyone worked extremely hard. The course was hugely influential and most of his former students have gone on to hold senior leadership positions in education.

Christian Schiller died on the 11th February 1976. The following year the first memorial lecture was presented in London and the annual lectures, now organised by the National Association for Primary Education, continue to the present day. We are pleased to be able to celebrate the work of this great man who contributed so much to the principles and practice of primary education. To those who say look at us, obsessed with children being coached to pass tests, schools competing rather than co-operating, I reply , look more deeply , beyond today’s political froth. Schiller’s work continues and one day, will prevail.


‘Christian Schiller in his own words’ was published by the Association in 1979. The book is available price £5.00 from the NAPE national office.


T: 01604 647646


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pi-top: inspiring a generation of makers – NAPE 017

Today Mark interviews NAPE member Stuart Swann about pi-top.

The pi-top Learning Framework has been designed by experienced teachers to offer a more effective way to situate, support and contextualise learning than traditional instructionist methods. The learning-by-making framework guides learners and de-silos subjects in a true STEAM approach, fostering the software, hardware, and fusion skills 22nd-century learners need.

Stuart joined pi-top in October 2017 where he creates learning and professional development experiences that align with his belief in student-centred, project-based Constructionist learning. Stuart qualified as a primary teacher in 1995 and holds a Bachelor of Education. During his school career, he led on music and ICT and developed a bespoke scheme of work for ICT that supported the wider curriculum through innovative, project-based learning.

In 2011, Stuart established an educational technology consultancy with a partner called IE Solutions which supported schools in the UK and abroad in the development and implementation of Computing curricula. In his role as Director, Stuart presented at global events including BETT and GESS. He also developed curriculum content and mapping for SAM Labs, KUBO and AtLab (Dubai).

Stuart is a certified trainer for LEGO Education and has regularly delivered training to teachers in both primary and secondary schools and to a diverse range of organisations. Stuart travels globally on behalf of LEGO Education, and has delivered keynotes, training and workshops in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.


National Association for Primary Education

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.


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Events and opportunities – NAPE 016

Thanks for listening to our podcast from National Association for Primary Education.

Here are the events, opportunities and details you need to keep up to date and get involved.

The 2019 Oxfordshire Headteachers’ Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Stratford-upon-Avon, on Wednesday 27 (commencing at 4pm), Thursday 28 February, and Friday 1 March (concluding at 1pm).


The 4th Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference.

A one-day event hosted by Sir Anthony Seldon (Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, President of IPEN, and co-founder of Action for Happiness) and featuring a keynote address by the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP.

The event will explore ways in which both student wellbeing and staff wellbeing can be improved in schools, colleges and universities. It will be of value to anyone with an interest in education, but particularly for those in the education sector or working with young people.

Get in touch for details about discounted tickets


Primary Music on Fire


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National Association for Primary Education

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.

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