Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education


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Madeley Nursery School are seeking new Deputy Head

Madeley Nursery School in Telford are seeking to appoint a deputy head teacher for January 2023.

We are a small, dedicated team who work closely with families and the community in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ironbridge Gorge.

If you are fascinated by children's ideas and curiosities, if you want to work with an ecological, creative and enquiry approach inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, we would love to hear from you. 

You can read about us and our work on our website

The closing date for this position is Thursday 30th June 2022. Please contact the head teacher, Lou Lowings for further information on 01952 388210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application form is available on the link below:  

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“What’s the point of this, Miss?” What’s gone wrong with education and how we can fix it?

Join cross-party campaign group Compass on Thursday 7th April, 6pm, for the first of two events examining how we can create the education system our children truly deserve. 

Free to register here:

More Information

With Professor Peter Moss, Madeleine Holt, Chris Merrick, Robin Duckett

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NQT seeks post in creatively-minded primary school/early childhood centre

My name is Ben Rogers. I am a recent graduate from the in North Tyneside School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course in the north England, and I am seeking a full-time post.

Before pursuing primary education my undergraduate degree was in philosophy and fine art studio practice. My thesis was on the theory of play with creative work and imagination, complementing my art work across media including printmaking, sculpture, photography, performance and mark making.

From this I was lucky to have worked overseas in the Netherlands, the United States, Japan and Australia with other artists. Returning to the UK I studied to work in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two primary school settings. A lot of my course was on practical placement with continuous provision and gave me chances to work across classes including with early years. Under the current circumstances I was able to witness first hand how student-focused education has benefits across the whole of primary. While on placement I started to find my voice as a teacher and try to promote open-ended thinking, creating dialogue between students and teaching staff and took advantage of outdoor learning spaces.

Throughout the pandemic I have had a chance to work on site and during the lockdowns used my time to study the national curriculum and better understand the Reggio Approach and allied pedagogies. Sightlines Initiative has been very helpful at supporting theory that I am then able to bring into my practice as a supply teacher.

I was drawn to the Reggio Approach 'family' of learning because it intersects my interests of radical thinking and a dialogic approach to making and learning. It helps to think holistically and socially and I try to lead by example: I am interested in environmental issues, supporting a climate strike at my last school, building allotments and engaging the natural world. I also understand the importance of building confidence in children in critiquing media so that they can find their own voice and interests. And finally in my classrooms I always like to learn the languages and the cultures of the children in my care to establish an international welcoming classroom.

I am looking for full time work and willing to relocate, having recently graduated in England I have Early Career Teacher (ECT) status.

Please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are seeking an authentic and passionate person that works as a blend of educator and atelierista. 

Thank you - Ben

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