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ANC 2020 speaker biographies

We're delighted to welcome a fantastic line up of speakers to this year's conference over the Friday night and Saturday.

Find out more about their backgrounds, interests and expertise.

David Cameron

David Cameron has established himself as a leading voice in education. He has presented at conferences across the UK and internationally, but remains committed to working with educators and learners at all stages.  He has extensive experience as a teacher, senior manager in schools and local authorities, including Director of Children’s Services for Stirling Council. He has been extensively involved in national  developments in Scotland including leading the Outdoor Connections working group. As a consultant, he has maintained that level of involvement and broadened his experiences. He has recently being particularly interested in Adverse Childhood Experiences and how we overcome these. 

Claire Warden

Dr Claire Warden is an Education Consultant and Advisor, founder of the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, CEO of Claire Warden Ltd and Mindstretchers Ltd. She works with governments globally to create high quality nature-based models of education for children.

Claire developed her approach to Nature Pedagogy and child-led learning through primary teaching, university lecturing and her development of award-winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten. She recently completed a PhD exploring Nature Pedagogy.

Claire has authored over 20 early years education books, covering outdoor play and learning. Her bestseller ‘Talking and Thinking Floorbooks’ outlines her ground-breaking approach to child-led planning and documentation.

Tim Gill

Tim Gill is an independent researcher and consultant based in London. He is a global advocate for children’s outdoor play and mobility. The New York Times described his 2007 book No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society as “a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play.” He is a former director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England).

Kym Scott

Before becoming a freelance conference speaker, trainer and consultant, Kym was Early Years Lead in the London Borough of Lewisham. She worked in this borough as School Improvement Advisor for Early Years for 15 years, following a successful teaching and senior leadership career in London schools. This work enabled her to support many schools & settings in  a variety of circumstances & to informally research the key elements that make for excellent outcomes for children. Lewisham has been named as one of the top places in the country for children's development due to how well children in the early years consistently achieve, despite low starting points.

Alongside her speaking commitments, Kym spends the majority of her time working directly with children, staff and leadership teams in schools and nurseries, both nationally and internationally.

Jools Page

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