After initially qualifying as a Home Economics teacher and spending 2 years at a secondary school in North London, Kate moved into consumer education.
Kate first worked for a home interest monthly national magazine for over 3 years (Woman and Home) and then continued to work freelance for a further 10 years.
Kate has extended her technical knowledge, qualifications and understanding of the power of food education in young children's lives both through the practical teaching with Purple Kitchen over the past 9 years and further study with an OU certificate in Human Nutrition (2007) and her recently completed MSc in Food Policy from City University, London (2010).
Kate is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health and has recently been teaching Food Tech to boys yr 2-8.
I have been a primary class teacher in York for twelve years, currently working in Year 6. My main interest is developing inclusive teaching – I spent five years as a SENCO and gained the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. I am also a leading teacher for able, gifted and talented. I think providing a creative curriculum for children is really important and enjoy developing engaging and imaginative learning activities.
In my spare time I enjoy playing the piano and running (not at the same time!) and most of all, spending time with my husband and two young children.
Katie Harris is an experienced primary school teacher, who worked at a large primary school for seven years. Whilst there, she was Literacy and Science Co-ordinator, winning the TES/ Pfizer Science Teacher of the Year Award in 2001; In 2005 she put work on hold to become a full time Mum to Sam and Tom and now juggles her days between playgroups, music classes and changing nappies!
She has always believed that making learning experiences fun and interactive is the key to unlocking a child’s interest and motivation… that and a big dollop of humour!
Lara Townsend is an experienced MFL specialist who has taught in a variety of schools in Suffolk and Essex. She has taught across the age range from KS1 to KS5 and was Head of MFL in a Language College for 4 years. Lara has also worked as a Primary Languages Advisory Teacher for Suffolk LEA. She is a SCITT Trainer and an independent MFL Advisor as well as being a Literacy Across the Curriculum Co-ordinator and Transition Lead in MFL at a secondary school in Essex.
Lara and Tracy have been working together as Languages in Primaries since 2013, supporting teachers and schools in the provision of quality language teaching and learning. As well as being actively engaged in classroom practice, their work encompasses teacher training, writing Primary Languages documentation and creating KS2 Schemes of Work that can be used in both single and mixed age classes.
Len Brown is one of the core team at Footstep Productions.
They are a small energetic production company based in London's Soho. They make TV, audio and multiple media packages.Their core specialism is language-learning for young people but their award-winning track record has touched on geography, business, history, travel, current affairs and safety training for adults too. Their clients are broadcasters, publishers, universities and businesses. Their motto is 'Learning is Serious Fun'.
The photo shows the Spanish children who sang on the Vamos a Cantar CD.
Lesley Higgin is a Cambridge Maths graduate and has worked as a maths teacher since 1993. She is passionate about creating interesting resources and is always keen to try new ways to make maths fun for her students. Colleagues are always keen to use her resources as they know they work, will engage students and will improve their understanding.
Linda Mort was an early years specialist and Educational Director of the Child's Eye Media, producers of award-winning films and learning resources for young children.
Linda wrote more than 20 books about early years education and was co-founder of one of Manchester's most successful private nursery schools.
Sadly, Linda has now passed away.
Linda-Jane Simpson is a creative teacher and writer with extensive experience and skills in several areas of education.
She has brought her great enthusiasm for stories and drama into her work with children and students as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and as an experienced teacher and manager in nurseries and schools.
As an exponent of cross-curricular approaches, she uses a combination of language, drama, art and music to explore themes and issues. Story contexts and roles really engage children, and motivate purposeful learning.
She is the author of several published articles and books, including Into the Garden of Dreams for Brilliant Publications. Her research projects focus on the influence of role-play on both the child writer’s voice and their personal development. She is passionate about helping teachers achieve the knowledge and confidence to enable them to provide stimulating experiences for their pupils. She receives enthusiastic feedback from teachers who use the ideas in Into the Garden of Dreams. Her active yet reflective workshops are acclaimed by students, teachers and advisers who experience personally the empowering effects of drama and role-play techniques.
Her life is richer for regular involvement with friends in Qigong, yoga, skiing, hill-walking, nature and the outdoors.
Lyn Kendall is a psychologist and education who serves as Britsh Mensaʼs Gifted Child Consultant. She has over 40 yearsʼ experience working with children of all ages and intellects, focusing mainly on the fields of Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Education. Lyn holds a Masterʼs Degree in Education (Special Needs and Inclusive Education), and is both a qualified psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society. As Mensaʼs Gifted Child Consultant, Lyn provides advice and support for parents and professionals alike, as well as undertaking media work for programmes like Victoria Derbyshire and This Morning. She appears regularly on Channel 4ʼs hit TV show Child Genius, where she collaborates with the production team behind the scenes as well as being a panellist.
Lynn Dryden has been teaching French for 45 years, in that time she has been head of department and worked for 6 years as an Advanced Skills Languages Teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has experience of teaching in secondary and primary schools and has taught adult evening classes. She delivers workshops for PGCE students who are studying to teach languages. Lynn is a qualified dance teacher but now enjoys dancing for pleasure, she likes being with her family and enjoys trips away in her campervan Ruby.