Executive Headteacher, The Wroxham School
The case for high quality subject teaching in the primary
Dame Alison Peacock DBE DLitt is co-author of Creating Learning without Limits (2012). This research explores an alternative improvement agenda; identifying key dispositions for school leadership where every child and adult is valued and where no one is labelled by so-called ‘ability’. She is the Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School, a primary school in Hertfordshire. She led the school out of Special Measures less than a year after her appointment as Headteacher (January 2003) and it was subsequently judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding (2006, 2009, 2013). The Wroxham School was designated as a School of Creativity in 2009 and as a Teaching School in 2011. The Teaching School has established The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance.
Her teaching career spans primary, secondary and advisory roles. Alison was previously a member of the Royal Society Vision committee, CBI Education Reference Group, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, NAHT Commission for Assessment, member of the Prince’s Teaching Institute Commission for the proposed College of Teaching and was previously a national representative of the Teaching Schools Council. In July 2014 Alison was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Brighton and in May 2015 appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. Throughout her career, she has worked in partnership with educational researchers to document her innovative work as a teacher and creative school leader.
Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas
President of the Historical Association
Professor Justin Champion is President of the Historical Association and Director of Magna Carta 2015 Legacy. He is a strong advocate of public history and is involved with the HA’s Public History Committee. He is Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, London University, where he was previously Head of Department. Alongside his university career Professor Champion has a strong broadcast career and is well known for his work on TV and radio, he has presented programmes on the Great Plague and the history of duelling. He is a regular contributor to Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time series and recently appeared with Lucy Worsley discussing the racy poetry of the Restoration court.
Primary Curriculum Development Leader - Geography
Taking learning outside the classroom
Paula Owens works for the Geographical Association where she leads on the Primary Geography Quality Mark, the Geography Champions initiative and aspects of the Global Learning Programmes in England and Wales. Paula’s background is as a teacher: she taught for many years and has experience as a deputy and head teacher of primary. She has also worked in Initial Teacher Education and regularly works with both primary and secondary teachers through CPD. Paula is a member of the Geography Expert Advisory Group and a Judge for the Ashden Sustainable Energy Award for Schools. She is also a member of the Geographical Association’s Early Years and Primary Committee and the ‘Primary Geography’ Editorial Board.
Primary Science Consultant
Teaching Science in the primary classroom
Anne Goldsworthy taught in a variety of primary schools and now works with teachers to help children learn about science and enjoy the experience. She provides interactive practical sessions throughout the UK and abroad. She has written numerous books and articles including ‘Science Enquiry Games’ and is series editor for Pearson’s Science Bug. She was asked to help redraft primary science in the latest National Curriculum. She still gets excited by children’s reactions to primary science.
Director of Continuing Professional Development, Kingswood School
Mathematics outside the box
Garrod Musto is a Chartered Maths Teacher and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He is also Director of Professional Development at Kingswood School in Bath. He gained a Master of Philosophy from Exeter University in 2000, examining the effective use of sporting contexts in the Mathematics classroom.
Emeritus Professor of Children's Poetry, University of Cambridge
Developing a passion for reading and writing poetry
Morag Styles is Emeritus Professor of Children’s Poetry at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education after retiring in 2014, and Fellow at Homerton College. She is the author of numerous publications on children’s literature, poetry, picturebooks and the history of reading. Professor Styles recently published an anthology for young people Give the Ball to the Poet: a new anthology of Caribbean poetry (with Georgie Horrell and Aisha Spencer) published by the Commonwealth Education Trust. In late 2015, a new edition of Children Reading Picturebooks: Interpreting Visual Texts (with Evelyn Arizpe) will be published by Routledge.