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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 CBE, MC, MA

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.

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‘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.

E: nationaloffice@nape.org.uk

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.

www.pi-top.com

 

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).

www.oxonheadsconf.org.uk

 

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.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ultimate-wellbeing-in-education-conference-tickets-55971147208

Get in touch for details about discounted tickets

nationaloffice@nape.org.uk

 

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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Meet the council with Mike Aylen – NAPE 015

In this episode I talk to Mike Aylen about his experience with NAPE and the influence the organisation has had in regards to changing education policy in the UK.

Below are some pictures of the events Mike talked about including the Dunblane Flame, Festival of Voices and our Primary First Journal.

 

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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How to get involved with the show – NAPE 014

If you have experienced something wonderful this week in relation to a child’s learning then please let me know.

I am looking to share a weekly ray of sunshine for us all to enjoy that reminds us of why we are here supporting a child centred vision of learning. You might work in school, be a parent or family member. If it made your heart sing let me know.

If you would like to share it with me so I can read it out on the show in our new short feature please email:

mark@educationonfire.com

 

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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