Lyn Dawes

Lyn Dawes has extensive teaching experience in Primary schools, as Science co-ordinator and literacy leader. She has been Senior Lecturer in Education at the Universities of Northampton, Bedford and Cambridge. Books for Primary Teachers include Talking Points, Creating a Speaking and Listening Classroom and The Essential Speaking and Listening, all published by David Fulton. Also Jumpstart: Talk for Learning, co-authored with John Foster and published in 2016. Lyn is an Education Consultant in the field of oracy, and also teaches reading in an Early Years setting. 


Anne Goldsworthy
Primary Science Curriculum Advisor

Anne 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, enjoyable and 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 for England. She still gets excited by children's reactions to primary science.



Neil Mercer

Neil Mercer is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he is also the Director of the centre Oracy@Cambridge and a Life Fellow of the college Hughes Hall. He is a psychologist with particular interests in the development of children's spoken language and reasoning abilities, the role of the teacher in guiding that development and the effective use of talk in the teaching of science and other subjects.

With Rupert Wegerif and Lyn Dawes, he created the Thinking Together approach to developing children's talk and reasoning skills in the classroom. He is currently working on a large-scale project to evaluate ‘dialogic teaching' in English primary schools.

An Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Visiting Fellow of the English Language Institute of Singapore, he works extensively and internationally with teachers, researchers and educational policy makers on improving talk for learning in schools. 


Stuart Naylor

Stuart Naylor began teaching in Manchester in 1971 and spent 13 years teaching in schools in the UK and USA. He spent many years at Manchester Metropolitan University, and during that period he trained and worked occasionally as an Ofsted inspector (but did not enjoy the experience). He now works at Millgate House Education, as a researcher, writer, publisher, consultant and course provider for teachers. He is well known, with Brenda Keogh, as the creator of Concept Cartoons, Active Assessment publications and the Puppets Project. He has a reputation for innovative publications, thought-provoking professional development and creative ways of enhancing teaching, learning and assessment in classrooms around the world.



Jane Turner

Jane's background is in primary teaching. She instigated and is the director of the Primary Science Quality Mark award scheme, based at the University of Hertfordshire where she is a principal lecturer and researcher in the School of Education.  Jane is lead author of the 2011 ASE guide to Science Enquiry; It's Not Fair Or Is it? which significantly  influenced the new Primary National Curriculum for Science, has contributed to several primary and early years education publications and research projects and is series editor for Snap Science, a 2014 Harper Collins publication to support the new National Curriculum for Science. She is Independent Science Curriculum Expert for the DfE Standards and Testing Agency working on Science sample tests and the new Teacher Assessment Framework and was a member of the expert editorial group for Scientific and Technological Understanding on the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum in 2010. 



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María Jesús Cabañas

María Jesús Cabañas was awarded her PhD in Spanish Philology at the University of León (Spain). She took her degrees in Spanish Philology and Linguistics at the Universidad de León (Spain). She has worked as language teacher in several secondary schools in Madrid and she has collaborated on some research projects in Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and Universidad Complutense (Madrid). She has been working for Comunidad de Madrid Government as Advisor at the Education Department and she currently works for the Ministry of Education (Spain), at the Institute of Evaluation as Advisor in Education. Her main research and teaching interests are education assessment, bilingual education, teaching Spanish in secondary schools and teaching Spanish as a second language for immigrant students.



Lis Cercadillo

Lis Cercadillo was awarded her PhD and MA in History Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She took her degree in Geography and History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has worked as history teacher in several secondary schools in San Francisco, Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid and as researcher in the Institute of Education, University of London. She currently works for the Ministry of Education (Spain), at the Institute of Evaluation as Advisor in Education; she is the Spanish NPM (National Project Manager) of PISA-OECD (Programme for International Student Assessment). She also works as part-time lecturer at the Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid). Her main research and teaching interests are education assessment, curriculum development, bilingual education, students' ideas on history and the relationship between empirical research, historiography and school history.



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