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Can you help educators find answers to your questions? – NAPE 075

Here at the National Association for Primary Education are looking for educators to help us ‘Pay It Forward’.

We see hundreds of questions asked on social media every week. What if we could collate the answers, get your views and experiences in a way that could support thousands of others?

If you are an educator and have ever asked a question and received a great answer – online or in person – we invite you to Pay It Forward.

Please be a guest on the NAPE podcast with Mark Taylor (NAPE vice chair) and spend 10 minutes discussing these 5 things.

  1. How are you currently involved in education?
  2. What question did you ask?
  3. What was the answer?
  4. Who gave it to you?
  5. What advice can you share from your own experiences?

That is it!

To get involved and find out all the details please visit

SEN CPD with Dr Anne Margaret Smith – NAPE 074

National Association for Primary Education presents:

Special Educational Needs CPD

Monday 6th December 2021 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This online zoom event will cover 3 areas of Special Educational Needs to help you support your pupils:

– English as an Additional Language (EAL)

– How to identify children who may also have dyslexia or another SPLD

– Common speech, language and communication needs

Co-occurring challenges

Do you ever worry that a child in your class is not making the progress you were expecting? There may be many reasons for this – and some will overlap. In this interactive session, we will look at some of the causes of underachievement, and try to find some solutions that could benefit the whole class.

We will start by looking at how all teachers can effectively support those learners who are using English as an Additional Language (EAL), and then move on to what we should be alert to in order to identify any children who also may have dyslexia or another SPLD. Finally, we will look at some common speech, language and communication needs, and how they could be met in the classroom.

Please feel free to bring your questions and share your experiences, so that, as a group, we can empower each other to support our learners.



Mark Taylor (Vice Chair NAPE) – Mark has been a professional percussionist for 25 years and performed with some of the major orchestras and arts organisations in the UK. Mark combines his performing career with teaching drums/percussion in schools and providing whole class rhythm workshops.

Mark is the creator and host of the Education on Fire podcast. He interviews educators from around the world so that he can enable his listeners to support children to live, learn and grow to their full potential. He has recorded over 300 episodes which have been downloaded in over 135 countries.


Dr. Anne Margaret Smith started her career as a teacher of English as a foreign / additional language around 30 years ago. Alongside her language teaching, she also works as a dyslexia assessor and specialist tutor, and has designed an assessment tool to allow us to identify SpLDs in multilingual people. She founded ELT well in 2005, to combine these two fields of education, and offers professional development and resources to language teachers in all contexts. She is currently also training to be a Speech and Language Therapist.

If you can not join us live a replay will be available.

Event Fee

£12.50 per person 

FREE to NAPE members (use promotional code at checkout)

To book please visit

Primary Music CPD – NAPE 073

Primary Music CPD

Monday 18th October 2021

17.30-18.30 Live via Zoom (+ recording)

Full details and booking at

We will cover:

  • Top 10 resources, organisations, work schemes
  • 3 starting points for composition
  • When, what, how of listening to music
  • Music Assemblies
  • Music across the curriculum

To keep up to date with all the events and download a FREE copy of our professional journal Primary First please visit:

6 Online CPD Events in 2021/22 – NAPE 072

Following the success of our online conference in March 2021 ‘Towards a balanced and broadly based curriculum’ The National Association for Primary Education have planned 6 new online CPD events for the new academic year.

  • 5 starting points for Primary Music
  • Special Education Needs
  • EdTech
  • EYFS
  • Mental Health/Wellbeing
  • Climate & Ocean Plastic

To keep up to date with all the events and download a FREE copy of our professional journal Primary First please visit:

Children’s books on Climate Change and Ocean Plastics – NAPE 071

Ellie Jackson is the bestselling children’s author of the Wild Tribe Heroes series of true environmental books for primary children. Each book follows a well loved animal as it gets into trouble due to an environmental issue such as ocean plastic, deforestation or climate change. Free teaching resources and curriculum maps support the books for each key stage.

Ellie is a teacher and mother of four from Cornwall who is passionate about inspiring the next generation to protect our planet.


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