About James Archer
James is the Centre Director of the International Montessori Institute. Prior to this he was the Course Director of the BA Primary Education Accelerated (2 Year) degree. He has worked on and written various validations of innovative programmes in the Carnegie School of Education.
James is passionate about Primary, Montessori Education. He is currently completing a professional doctorate exploring the role of the Montessori method in supporting agency and liberation for children in faith-based settings. He is also the Co-Editor for a Bloomsbury's Mastering Primary Teaching text book series.
James has a wide experience in supporting trainee primary teachers and has worked in three Higher Education Institutions. Prior to working at Leeds Beckett he was employed as the manager for Primary Science Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Scholarship and Research Coordinator (SRC) for the McMillan Faculty of Education at Bradford College. James started his career in ITE at Canterbury Christ Church University where he was a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education for four years.
Before entering his career in Initial Teacher Education, James taught in both primary and secondary schools in England and South Africa. In these settings he held various responsibilities for the leading and coordination of science. James has also been a primary Science Advisor in which he supported a cluster of schools to develop their provision in this important curriculum area.
James teaches on the following courses:
- BA (Hons) Primary Education (Accelerated Degree)
James has published chapters on primary science and D&T and co-authored “primary science for trainee teachers”. His love of science, discovery learning, and children’s curiosity led him to explore the Montessori approach. The themes of social justice, equality and valuing the child that can be found in Dr Montessori’s work resonated so much that they have become the focus of his current research.