The Montessori Schools Association Annual National Conference takes place on Saturday 21st March 2015 – Technology and Montessori in the 21st Century at the Institute of Education. It represents the largest gathering of UK Montessorians with attendees from the MSA’s 679 member schools and 3,888 individuals.
Dr Stephen Tommis, Chief Executive of Montessori St Nicholas charity says, “I am delighted to preside over my first Montessori Schools Association Annual Conference. As educationalists, we need to be aware of how we can adapt technologies to the learning needs of young people.”
MCI have introduced a new course for qualified early years practitioners who wish to gain knowledge and understanding of the Montessori approach. On application, interested participants must provide evidence of their existing qualification which carries a licence to practice – this means, that it is recognised by the DfE and Ofsted as full, current and relevant for work with young children under the EYFS framework.
The first year of life is of vital importance in the development of movement skills and an understanding of the world, says Barbara Isaacs…
Recently I was reminded of the importance of movement in the early days of human life, when a colleague, who is expecting her first baby, arrived in the office beaming and sharing the happy news that she had felt her baby move for the first time. For all expectant couples, this is the first tangible sign of the new life. As the newborn experiences his/her first day of life, the parents and medical team search for reaction to the innate reflexes. These are the child’s first expressions of a journey that is inextricably linked with a range of physical skills.
Earlier this year I wrote about the number of consultations and policy announcements which have affected early years and primary work. We are now up to 36 since January 2013, and still they come! I posted a blog about the requirements to address ‘Britishness’ on the MSA website and it is now a requirement for all providers who receive three and four year old funding to show that they are promoting British values, such as respect for the rule of law, democracy, and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. It is likely that there will be a revision to the EYFS in the New Year to make it a requirement for all providers to show how they deal with the issue.
I am writing this welcome letter close to the end of another year in which we’ve seen reports of war and strife from around the world. So it remains as important as ever to remind ourselves of Maria Montessori’s words about peace, and hence this ‘Peace’ issue of Montessori International.