Christian was appointed HMI in 1924 and then followed a long period of work with the schools in Liverpool where his contact with poor children and their families was a deeply formative experience. He became District Inspector and later filled this role in Worcestershire. In 1946 he became Staff Inspector for Primary Education and his influence, often in partnership with his friend Robin Tanner, HMI. Both strongly felt that as elementary schools developed into primary schools, they should have a distinctive child- centred approach. That approach means teachers drawing on children’s innate creativity so recognising the powerful learning that emerges from direct experience.
‘Christian Schiller in his own words’ was published by the Association from 1979. This invaluable book is still available price £5.00 from the National Office. The book and all its wisdom about teaching young children and how we can help them to learn should find a place on every teacher’s bookshelf.
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The renowned Robin Alexander, our NAPE patron, is well known in education for leading one of the most comprehensive and independent enquiries into English primary education for the last 40 years. Robin is Fellow of the Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Warwick. He is also former director of the Cambridge Primary Review and Chair of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. The Primary Review published 'Children, their world, their education' . The review brought together educational experts in their field and teachers, headteachers and all those involved in primary education. The publication's conclusions for the teaching of children and the 'systems of education' are ground breaking and often cited. Robin has recently written a most readable and practical examination of teaching. Users of Robin Alexander’s popular Towards Dialogic Teaching will be pleased to hear of his new book about achieving high quality talk for teaching and learning. It builds on the best of international research and the successful Education Endowment Foundation trial of his approach with 5000 primary pupils, and is available at 20% discount direct from the publishers, Routledge, here: A Dialogic Teaching Companion
This book is to help to ‘lead to widespread discussion among teachers, and heads, parents, school governors, politicians and the general public’ about testing in schools. ‘Assessments in schools is not designed to help children learn…it does untold damage’.