Online Event

Into Montessori

  • 10.00 - 14.00
  • 19 Jun 2021
  • Online
Into Montessori
The International Montessori Institute warmly invites you to join us for our inaugural ‘Into Montessori’ event. Our first Into Montessori event will take place on Saturday 19th June. This event provides those involved in Early Years and Primary Education with a wealth of information from a range of specialist speakers as well as the opportunity to celebrate your practice and achievements. We would like you to join us for this special event.

We are delighted to share with you further information about our, virtual Into Montessori event 2021. The event will provide you with a wealth of information about current issues in primary and early years practice. Our event spotlights the role of taking a Montessorian approach in contemporary teaching and learning.

What you can expect: 

You will join our exclusive event and hear from leading figures in the education world including teachers, practitioners, policy advisers and educational researchers. Through a range of online opportunities, we will explore key issues and big ideas in contemporary Early Years and Primary Practice. You will also hear about the contribution a Montessori approach can make to these.

Throughout the event we will broadcast our original short films that capture the work and research of key professionals from within the education sector and our 60 second animations will share the research work of the International Montessori Institute.

Live interviews with practitioners that have chosen to adopt a Montessori approach in English, state funded primary schools and private, voluntary and independent Early Years settings will explore a range of journeys ‘Into Montessori’.

You will also have the opportunity to submit live questions and receive answers from our key speakers.

Event programme:

Welcome from Leonor Stjepic and James Archer

Professor Catherine McTamaney - A Journey into Montessori

Professor Dame Alison Peacock - Learning without limits: A professional response

Interview - Exploring Journeys into Montessori part 1

Dr Julian Grenier - The 2020 revision of Development Matters and the contribution of the Montessori philosophy in contemporary Early Years practice

Interview – Exploring Journeys into Montessori part 2

Dr Jonathan Barnes - Happiness matters: Towards a pedagogy of happiness and well-being – drawing on the wisdom of Dr Montessori

Q&A – A chance for your questions to be put to our panel

Anne Longfield – Building back better, educational imperatives in a post-Covid19 world

The International Montessori Awards 2021


Our Speaker Profiles :

Professor Catherine McTamaney 

Catherine Mc

Professor Catherine McTamaney is an award-winning teacher and author including two books on Montessori education and compassionate teaching, The Tao of Montessori  and  A Delicate Task, and noted Montessori  academic. Her years of experience in Montessori practice informs her contributions to the Montessori Daoshi (, a daily blog for parents and teachers interested in Montessori education.

Catherine tweets @DrMcTamaney

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Alison Peacock

Professor Dame Alison Peacock is the CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching. Prior to this she was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. In 2018, she became an Honorary Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge, one of the first ever female Fellows admitted. She is also a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndwr University.

Alison tweets @AlisonMPeacock

Dr Julian Grenier


Dr Julian Grenier is the headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Newham, east London. Sheringham is a Research School. He was appointed by the Department for Education to lead on the 2020 revision of Development Matters, the non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage in England. Julian has worked in the early years for over 20 years and has a Doctorate in Education from the UCL Institute of Education (University of London).

Julian tweets @juliangrenier

Dr Jonathan Barnes 

Jonathan Barnes

Dr Jonathan Barnes worked in primary and secondary schools both in the UK and overseas. In 1992, Jonathan became head teacher of a popular and successful primary school in Canterbury. In 2000, he joined the staff of Canterbury Christ Church University as a lecturer and researcher.

Jonathan has written several widely-used books on cross-curricular approaches. Inclusive values and a concern for improved social and psychological well-being have framed his research studies. Jonathan was elected a university Teaching Fellow in 2014 and chosen by the UK’s Higher Education Academy as a National Teaching Fellow in 2015. He is now Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Jonathan tweets @JBarnesedu

Anne Longfield

Anne Longfield

Anne Longfield is a notable campaigner for children who recently served as the Children's Commissioner for England. In this role her portfolio included researching children's mental health, which resulted in her office making proposals for giving children more power over their digital lives. She launched a long-term study and data index on vulnerable children invisible to the state and researched the experience of children in care. Prior to this she was the CEO of the charity 4Children. In this role she worked with Labour minister Harriet Harman on developing Sure Start and was seconded to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit to assist with the programme's delivery.

Anne tweets @annelongfield

James Archer

James Archer

James Archer is the Director of the International Montessori Institute which is housed in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. He is an author of several books and chapters that explore creative approaches to teaching and learning in the primary phase and is a co-editor of the Bloomsbury, Mastering Primary Education series. He has overseen the validation of the Montessori programmes at Leeds Beckett and leads the research work of the Institute.

James tweets @mrjamesarcher

Leonor Stjepic 


Leonor Stjepic is an award-winning international executive and influential driving force in global education, delivering positive social impact around the world. As Chief Executive of the Montessori Group Leonor works to establish versatile education solutions in partnership with international authorities, private corporations and NGOs.

Leonor tweets @LeonorStjepic

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