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Information Officer Peter Cansell – NAPE 005

Today on the NAPE podcast we get some background on Information Officer – Peter Cansell.

Peter talks to Mark about his school experience, how he became a teacher and then a headteacher.

His route was less than traditional and these experiences have shaped his desire to support children to follow their passion.

Peter has been in education professionally for 35 years, teaching in middle schools in Oxford, doing advisory work, teaching higher education and as a Primary Headteacher at Harwell Primary School. He retired from that post in September 2014, but has continued as Chair of OPHTA (Oxfordshire Primary Headteachers’ Association), was elected to become Chair of the National Network of Chairs of Headteachers’ Groups in June 2014 and was delighted to have become a NAPE council member this year, serving on the editorial board for Primary First. In January of 2015 he co-founded the Oxford School of Thought, an independent education think tank. He is a trustee and chairs the management committee of another charity, Full Circle, which is well regarded for its ground breaking intergenerational work.


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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  1. Mahan Abedin on July 31, 2019 at 7:10 AM

    This man was my teacher at Summertown Middle School in the late 1980s. He was a true mentor and a life-long inspiration. Thank you Peter Cansell!

  2. M Dodd on May 25, 2020 at 8:09 AM

    Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter at the University of Cambridge estimates that the risk to children of catching and then dying from coronavirus is one in 5.3 million.

    (That’s based on two deaths out of a population of 10.7 million under-15s in England and Wales.)

    Of those who died in the flu season of 2017-18, there were 16 “influenza-related deaths” among children aged under 18, according to government data for England.

    Using the same methods as Professor Spiegelhalter, we might therefore estimate that the fatality risk children faced from the 2017-18 flu outbreak was around one in 742,000.

    (That’s based on 16 deaths out of 11.9 million under-18s in England in 2017).

    On this basis, we tentatively estimate the mortality risk to children from the 2017-18 flu outbreak was around seven times greater than the risk they currently face from coronavirus.

  3. Debra Bell on May 26, 2020 at 2:15 PM

    Please could you help. I’ve seen you speaking very articulately on tv. We are about to be sent back to school in 1 June – without a proven track and trace in place. As you know N, Yr1, R and Yr 6 are starting then too. 3 of the most difficult yr groups to socially distant. It would appear, immediately, that 2 of the safety criteria haven’t been met. Any suggestions?
    Thank you so much

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