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First hand experience: what matters to children

First hand experience: what matters to children

Who are the What Matters to Children team?

The What Matters to Children team consists of some of the authors of
First hand experience: what matters to children and invited consultants and specialists.

Diane Rich
Denise Casanova Mary Jane Drummond Andrea Durrant Cathy Myer
Invited consultants:
Jacqui Cousins Emma Hertzberg Jennie Lindon Marjorie Ouvry Sue Pearson Jane Turner

The authors are a team of experienced and respected education researchers and consultants. Over many years they have come together to work on a variety of projects, and have always been committed to promoting what matters to children.

Diane Rich runs Rich Learning Opportunities: keeping creativity, play and first hand experience at the heart of children’s learning. She co-ordinates the What Matters to Children team and has been involved in children’s learning for many years, as play worker, teacher, deputy head and advisory teacher, researcher, education consultant, writer, trustee for children’s charities. She appears on Teacher’s TV.

Denise Casanova is an artist and freelance arts education consultant who is committed to education through the arts. She has taught extensively in schools, for museums and arts organisations in the USA and UK.

Mary Jane Drummond is a writer, teacher and researcher with an abiding interest in young children’s learning. She has recently retired from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

Andrea Durrant has taught both children and teachers. She is now a freelance consultant in early years and primary education. Her mission is to bring back creativity into children’s learning.

Cathy Myer has been a teacher, advisory teacher and university lecturer. She is now a freelance education consultant, passionate about children and their capacity to learn from their experiences of the real world.

Other What Matters to Children team members - invited consultants and specialists

Jacqui Cousins is an artist, author, researcher, creative advisor and freelance family support worker. She has been a nursery and infant teacher, advisory teacher and senior lecturer. Jacqui works with children, families and educators both in the UK and internationally, including work with UN for the Association for Threatened People and Young Persons and Voice of Children projects. In all her work she is committed to listening to children.

Emma Hertzberg is a freelance consultant and photographer with experience of working with young children and their educators. Through her work she promotes ‘the independent learner’.

Jennie Lindon runs People Consulting Ltd, a training and consultancy company specialising in early years. Jennie is an established and much respected author, committed to practice that focuses on children.

Marjorie Ouvry has been a teacher, college lecturer, Ofsted inspector, and headteacher of two large nursery schools. She is now an education consultant and author, committed to promoting quality outdoor provision and bringing music into children’s lives.

Sue Pearson is an experienced teacher; throughout her career has worked in schools and settings developing appropriate practice for young children. She was a curriculum advisor at Early Excellence, Huddersfield and has held advisory posts in two local authorities. Sue is now an independent education consultant.

Jane Turner has eighteen years experience in primary education as a teacher, researcher and author. She has developed award winning curriculum projects in literacy, technology and science. She has designed and led science workshops in schools across Hertfordshire. Jane is now Deputy Director at the Science Learning Centre for the East of England, planning and implementing an innovative programme of training for all science educators.


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      Trialing the book
      What did trialists say?
      2008 conference - Snape
      'What Matters to Children'
      2010 Conference - WMtC
      'Making a difference'
      To host a conference
      Conference at Eden
         Project 2006
      Order book
      National book reviews
      Origins of the book
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      Team principles
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