hand experience: what matters to children
Who are the What
Matters to Children
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 •
Andrea Durrant •
Emma Hertzberg •
Jennie Lindon • Marjorie Ouvry •
Sue Pearson •
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
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
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.
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
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.
What Matters to
Children team members - invited
consultants and specialists
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.
is a freelance consultant and photographer with experience of working with
young children and their educators. Through her work she promotes ‘the
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.
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
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.