National Association for Primary Education

Learning at Historic Royal Palaces – NAPE 011

Lucie Parkes – Formal Learning Manager at Historic Royal Palaces.


Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that provides high quality cultural learning experiences for schools. At HRP our aim is to make the stories of our palaces relevant, accessible and enjoyable for all. We offer a programme of sessions across the key stages and in a range of subject areas, as well as CPD opportunities for teachers and a wealth of online learning resources for use in the classroom.

As Formal Learning Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, I manage the development and delivery of our schools provision across palaces (Tower of London; Hampton Court Palace; Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle).

With over 16 years’ experience of teaching in schools, cultural and historic settings, I am personally driven by a passion for igniting that spark and enthusiasm for learning among young people. At the core of what I do is a desire to help empower young people to fulfil their potential, to understand the world around them and to find their place within it. I really enjoy the additional freedom you have within a heritage setting to experiment with approaches and to focus on adding a different dimension to what happens in schools. I believe heritage settings can offer a rich resource to teachers and can provide transformative experiences for pupils.


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European project on developing independent learning – NAPE 010

Steve Davies is the executive Headteacher of the Sheerness West Federation of schools on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

Steve has taken the lead in a new European project on developing independent learning – partnering with Dutch, Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese schools.

It is called “Freedom Without Chaos”


These pictures are from the 1st transnational conference.

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The Rosemary Evans Bequest Award winner Tara Paxman – NAPE 008

Tara Paxman was the first recipient of The Rosemary Evans Bequest Award given by The National Association for Primary Education. Now in her 3rd year as a teacher Tara talks to Mark Taylor about why she applied and the positive effects it has had on her teaching and professional development.


Are you a recently qualified early years / primary teacher (QTS gained since June 2016)? 

Are you keen to reflect on your professional development as a classroom practitioner?

Are you keen to get something published in an educational journal and add it to your CV?

If so, we hope you will be interested in the Rosemary Evans Bequest Award to be given on an annual basis to the best article received for publication in Primary First from a recently qualified teacher. The award is for £200 and the theme can be selected from one of the following:

  • The highlights and challenges of taking on your own class
  • What do you see as the key principles and/or values which inform your approach to learning and teaching?
  • How can teacher retention be improved?
  • The global teacher for the 21st century.

The article should be between 1500 and 2000 words and you are welcome to select your own focus and title, but drawing on one of the above themes. The article should both critically explore aspects of your own experience and identity as a recently qualified teacher and be informed, where appropriate, by relevant literature. Your personal voice is seen as a key dimension of the writing.

The final date for submission for this academic year is 1 May 2019. It is to be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to Robert Young, NAPE General Secretary at The Primary First Editorial Board will judge the submissions and it is anticipated that more than one submission will be considered for inclusion in the journal, although not in receipt of the Award itself. Further details about the Award can be requested from Robert Young.

Background and Criteria

As a result of a very generous bequest from the Rosemary Evans estate, the NAPE Council decided to make an annual award of £200 for the best article received from a recently qualified early years/primary teacher in the United Kingdom on a theme which we hope has particular salience for recently qualified teachers. The NAPE journal, Primary First, attracts contributions from distinguished educationists as well as current classroom practitioners at different stages of their careers and we see contributions from new teachers as making an important and very welcome contribution to educational discourse. We are pleased to announce that since the annual award was introduced in 2016, two primary teachers, new to the profession, have had their articles published in the Journal and have received the award.

The following criteria will be used for assessing the submissions:

  • it meets the specifications regarding word-length and choice of theme;
  • it is written with clarity, fluency and in a style which engages the reader;
  • it illuminates the issues/topics being addressed with insight and informed judgement;
  • it address aspects of the author’s own experience as a teacher with a perceptive and critical eye.
  • it draws selectively and cogently on elements of relevant literature (which might include local and/or regional documents, published articles, key texts etc.), acknowledging sources, where appropriate.

2 October 2018

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Founding Member John Coe – NAPE 007

Mark Taylor talks to founding NAPE member John Coe about his educational experiences, views and involvement with the National Association for Primary Education since 1980.

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.


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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