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Exploring the limits of representative literature in the primary classroom – NAPE 062

National Association for Primary Education publish a professional journal called Primary First 3 times a year. It is FREE to NAPE members or can be purchased for £5 from the National Office.

In this episode Mark Taylor (Vice Chair of NAPE) talks to Seraphina Simmons-Bah who wrote an article for issue 29 entitled:

Exploring the limits of representative literature in the primary classroom?

Seraphina works as a supply teacher and practitioner in Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Her main area of interest is the representation of racially monoritised groups in children’s literature and the ways in which children’s literature can be used to explore racialised issues in the classroom.

Twitter: @BahSimmons

NAPE are creating a series of podcasts from Primary First contributors to hear from the people and organisations behind the written word.

If you would like read a past issue of the Primary First journal you can receive a FREE e-copy by visiting

To purchase issue 29 and read Seraphina’s article please contact

The National Association for Primary Education has an online conference on 8th March 2021 entitled:


Virtual Conference – Monday 8th March 2021, 4.15pm-6.45pm

The Conference, embracing a theme which has always been central to debate about children’s entitlements, has been highlighted by OfSTED as critical in curriculum development and its central importance has been further accentuated by the pressures under which primary schools are working in the post-lockdown phase as they prioritise what is perceived as essential in educational recovery.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s education may be perceived as a justification for narrowing the curriculum at the expense of the arts and the humanities, but this conference will explore the case for preserving young children’s entitlement to as rich and diverse a curriculum as possible. Dr. Eaude’s keynote lecture will set the scene, highlighting some key issues and considering some lessons to be learnt from the period of lockdown. The subsequent presentations will focus on classroom practice, providing a spotlight on innovations which have been implemented in school and offering guidance for the future.

All are most welcome at this event, including teachers, teacher assistants, governors and students and it’s our hope that the conference will play its part in bringing together a range of stakeholders in primary education, all with a commitment to enhancing children’s entitlement to a balanced and broadly-based curriculum.

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