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360 Skills For Life with Rob Hattersley – NAPE 081

Prepared for life, not just exams

360 are a dynamic social enterprise developing essential skills for life in young people through an interactive learning approach we call discuss, decide and do.

360 Skills For Life provide scenario-based educational experiences that equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger and more sustainable communities.

Experience Skill City, their unique VR environment, bringing to life real world safeguarding dilemmas in realistic but safe scenarios.

Their values

  • We listen in order to continually learn and improve
  • We connect and collaborate because partnerships achieve more for less
  • We put the learner and their needs first
  • We empower and challenge rather than instruct
  • We engage and involve learners in our development
  • We adapt and are flexible when encountering new situations and knowledge
  • We include all learners regardless of age, disability, gender, relationship or parental status, race, belief, sex or sexual orientation
  • We seek the best in everyone to realise individual and collective potential

Their approach

  • Holistic, cross-curricular education that delivers transferable skills for 21st century life
  • Immersive, practical and interactive learning in which users discuss, make decisions and then do, rather than simply learning facts
  • Awareness of surroundings to make good risk assessments, confidently make better decisions and deal with individual and collective challenges
  • Blended learning where online, in-school and outdoor strands are closely integrated
  • Provision of a realistic dilemma-based virtual Skill City as the core resource
  • Partnership with other organisations to maximise impact and value

Full details available at

Nature Premium campaign with Dr Sara Collins – NAPE 080

The Nature Premium campaign is being led by the Forest School Association (FSA). With around 2000 practicing members the Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting and supporting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for all.  

Guidance is being provided by a campaign steering group comprising representatives of key organisations within the outdoors learning industry and conservation sector (campaign partners). 

In addition, the campaign will seek support from allies across multiple sectors. The private sector will be particularly important in terms of sponsoring the campaign and achieving our goal. 

The campaign has been developed and managed on an entirely voluntary basis with the FSA underwriting the costs and FSA directors contributing a huge amount of their time. We recognise that the campaign is more likely to be successful if it has additional voluntary and financial resources. 

The campaign is deliberately independent and simply seeks to increase children’s engagement with nature and realise the huge number of associated benefits. Supporters within the outdoors learning industry will, on their own terms, lay-out and make their ‘offer’ for how the nature premium could be used to support school communities, young people, and families. Each will use their own networks to support the campaign.

Dr Sara Collins is a biologist who completed her doctorate at Imperial College, London while working with the Forestry Commission. Post research she worked for a Palo Alto biotech company focusing on European sales, expanding into Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus. At the same time, she completed her MBA. She took a career break when her son was born and worked as a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Bath University where she wrote and taught a course on developing entrepreneurial skills in biotechnology. Sara qualified as a Forest School practitioner because it took her back to nature and fitted in with her son’s academic year. She is deputy-chair of a national charity and FRSA. Sara has worked in urban, multi-ethnic primary schools in Portsmouth for over ten years and developed the volunteer led Nature Premium campaign during Lockdown I. She continues to combine campaigning with her self-employed work in local schools.

Click to watch NAPE’s Christian Schiller Lecture presented by Nancy Stewart ‘Cherishing the growth of young children: what early years education can be’

2 online events for the summer term

Mental Health/Wellbeing – How to support pupils with transition to secondary school with Sam Moinet from Student Breakthrough (May 16th)

Ocean Plastic & Climate Change – Join Ellie Jackson author of the Wild Tribe Heroes book series as we invite pupils to write a story based on this topic in a writing festival (June 13th) 

For full details and booking forms please visit

Nancy Stewart presents our Christian Schiller Lecture 2022 – NAPE 079

The National Association for Primary Education are delighted to announce that Nancy Stewart will present our Christian Schiller Lecture 2022.

‘Cherishing the growth of young children: what early years education can be’.

Nancy Stewart is a consultant and writer with wide experience across early years sectors in schools, nurseries, local authority advisory service, and National Strategies where she was Senior Early Years Adviser with a central role in Every Child a Talker. Nancy provided expert advice to the 2012 review of the Early Years Foundation Stage, drawing on her interest in communication and language for thinking, as well as children’s development as self-regulating learners. Nancy co-authored Development Matters 2012, and wrote How children learn – The characteristics of effective early learning. She led development of Birth to Five Matters (2021) as Project Lead for the Early Years Coalition, and is a Vice President of Early Education.

Nancy has earned the reputation as one of the most insightful speakers in the UK, specialising in the field of early years. This event will be of great interest to teachers, tutors, students, parents.

The lecture is free and will be held on Monday 14th March 2022 at 4.45pm.

It is being hosted by Windmill Primary School in Oxford and will be live streamed via zoom.

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5 Primary focused podcast episodes you should listen to – NAPE 078

The National Association for Primary Education works in many ways to provide help and support for those involved with schools.

One of those ways has been to sponsor and support Education on Fire.

Here are links to the 5 episodes mentioned in this show.

Details of the NAPE YouTube channel and the Christian Schiller Lecture with Nancy Stewart can be found at

Pupil wellbeing in primary schools – NAPE 077

New Edurio research reveals half of children feel stressed and a quarter feel lonely.

Edurio has published their latest research examining pupil wellbeing, support systems in school and how pupils feel about school. The study drew on responses from 45,000 children of which 15,000 were from primary.

  • Children feel progressively less well as the move through primary school – 76% in year 1 feel well but this drops by 17 percentage points in Y6 when 59% report feeling well.
  • Children feel more stressed in Y6 (36%) than in Y1 (22%)
  • More primary aged children feel overworked in Y2 and Y3 than at any other time during primary school.
  • The research shows that the transition to secondary school has a negative impact on children’s wellbeing and the drop is greater than at other times during school.
  • Children’s overall wellbeing drops from 59% feeling well in Y6 to 46% in Y7.
  • More students often feel stressed – rising from 36% in Y6 to 43% in Y7
  • More children report not sleeping well in Y7 (30%) than in Y6 (28%)

Mark Taylor chats to Iona Jackson co-author of the Edurio report about her findings.

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