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This page is a directory of education changemakers whose ideas on provision for primary-age children [5- to 11-year-olds] resonate with the life-based learning approach.

The people listed below can be contacted to discuss their interest in education as specified in their description.

Comment from all stages of education is welcome, especially where such comment impacts on the life-based learning approach, or where life-based learning impacts on other stages of learning.

Pip Marples and Peter CansellUK

Oxford School of Thought is a primary education think tank dedicated to generating and supporting new ideas and research in education.
Website LinkedIn info@theoxfordschoolofthought.org

Melanie HarwoodUK – Global reach

Melanie, as co-founder & CEO of eduCCate Global, in partnership with the UN, provides climate-change teacher certification globally. Resonates with LBL’s Sustainability theme.
Website LinkedIn mel@start-bee.com

Kim Harvey – UK

‘Inspiring Science’ — specialist in primary school science delivering STEM learning. Resonates with LBL’s Mind Theme – approach to learning. LinkedIn kimelizabethharvey@btinternet.com

David HollandsUKGlobal reach

David brings a community entrepreneurship approach to learning – providing learning options to unlock human potential. Resonates with the LBL aim to facilitate learning relevant to life and living.
Website LinkedIn david.hollands@abnl.co.uk

Neena Arkal Mathew – India – Delhi

Author Founder/ Educator- Mind and ME Podcaster at Partea Podscool HappyLife Coach.
Resonates with the LBL aim to facilitate learning relevant to life and living.
LinkedIn ninaarakal@gmail.com

Rosa Legeno-BellUK

Rosa supports schools in diversifying historical narratives and decolonising curricula. Resonates with LBL’s Community Theme through which history is taught. Website LinkedIn

David HowardUK

David brings an ethical perspective to education and engages in thinking about the future of education. Resonates with the LBL aim to facilitate learning relevant to life and living.
LinkedIn david.j.howard59@gmail.com

Loni BergqvistDenmark

Transforming schools with projects, passion and purpose. Founder and Partner at Imagine If. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme and learning the way the brain learns.
Website LinkedIn loni@imagineif.dk

Sandra Duncan – UK

Sandra is an international specialist on Early Childhood Environments, author of 5 books on Nature-Based Classroom Design and included here for her insight in Early Years Learning. Resonates with LBL’s entire message to find a new way forward.
Website LinkedIn

Phil JarvisCanada

Phil champions re-imagined education promoting personalized, problem- and community-based learning requiring a paradigm shift from current state school provision. Resonates with LBL’s entire message to find a new way forward.
Website Key Document LinkedIn phil@philjarvis.ca

Risa CohenToledo, Ohio, USA

Risa Beth Cohen, M.S.Ed., Creative Director of Sing into Reading, USA – Risa teaches literacy through music and movement. At Sing into Reading, you can teach your child to read with music and love. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme and learning the way the brain learns.
Website LinkedIn risabethcohen@gmail.com

Dr Sarah Mundy

Sarah, a consultant clinical psychologist, offers insight into ‘attachment-focused parenting’, in story form, supporting young children’s emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Resonates with LBL’s Emotions theme.
LinkedIn hello@parentingthroughstories.com

Steve CarrUK

Steve offers unique insights from relationship psychology that help teachers approach classroom management with clarity and confidence. Resonates with LBL’s Relationships theme.
Website LinkedIn  steve@amindtoteach.com

Cherelle BirdUK

Through her business Cherelle has a deep knowledge of community involvement through brokering workshop provision to schools. Resonates with LBL’s Community theme.
Website LinkedIn c.bird2@edu.salford.ac.uk

Matt Harder – UK

As one of the FOREST SCHOOL ASSOCIATION directors and Founder of Bluebell Bushcraft, Matt is experienced teaching all ages from preschool to 18+ and adult training in bushcraft. Matt brings an ‘outdoor education’ perspective to Life-Based Learning.
Resonates with LBL’s Physical World Themes
Website LinkedIn matt.bluebellbushcraft@gmail.com

Annapurna A – Bangalore – India

Founder and CEO – Emotionalytics and Co. HR Thought Leader, Behavior Assessor, Emotional Intelligence Practioner- working at company level – included for her take on the need for emotional intelligence inclusion in education.
Resonates with LBL’s Emotions theme.
Company LinkedIn annapurna@emotionalytics.in

Trevor Soponis, PhDAmerica

Founder and chief learning officer of The Sustainable Learning Projects: “Using an interdisciplinary, project-based approach, we create learning centred experiences.” Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme. Website LinkedIn tsoponis@gmail.com

Lydia E’SilvaPortugal

Education consultant: “The acceleration of change brought on by a global pandemic has made the necessary reform of education at all levels urgent and essential.”
LinkedIn lydiasilva70@gmail.com

Tigger Pritchard(He/Him) – UK

Tigger is listed for his extensive experience in ‘working alongside, learning from and advocating for neurodivergent individuals’.
Website LinkedIn tiggertraining@gmail.com



Tania Lattanzio – Singapore

Tania is listed for her experience in Innovative Global Education, supporter of school reform and advocate of enquiry learning where students have agency of their learning. Resonates with LBL’s entire message to find a new way forward.
LinkedIn tania@innovativeglobaled.org



Jovita Majauskaite

Jovita brings a different cultural perspective to Life-Based Learning based on her experience as a former director of UNICEF in Lithuania. Resonates with LBL’s Community Theme.
LinkedIn jovita.majauskaite@gmail.com

Beau Lotto

Beau is a professor in neuroscience and specialist in perceptual intelligence providing viewer participation experiments, insights and challenge to the way we think. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme.
Website LinkedIn Twitter beau@labofmisfits.com



paramita roy – Australia Global reach

paramita is a founder Director (SEO) at Virtual School Australia providing lifelong skills that instil autonomy in learners to self regulate, problem solve and collaborate in a changing world. Resonates with LBL’s entire message to find a new way forward.
Website LinkedIn paramitaroy@hotmail.com

Maryjane IkeakaonwuNigeria

A trained zoologist, Maryjane encourages in herself and in her teaching of trainee teachers best innovative practice in children’s learning. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme.
LinkedIn maryjane.ikeakaonwu@ekoexcel.org.ng

Marcelo Staricoff UK

Originally from Argentina, Marcelo is putting his extensive experience in primary education, including headship, into training teachers at Sussex University. His book, ‘The Joy of Not Knowing’ expounds enquiry learning. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme. Website LinkedIn info@jonklearning.co.uk



Lakshmi PrakashBangalore – India

Lakshmi promotes a holistic child-centric interdisciplinary approach to ensure the application of classroom learning to real-life situations. Resonates with LBL’s Mind and Learning Theme.
LinkedIn lakshmiprakash2021@gmail.com

Yvette LarssonSweden

Co-founder of Aha! Accelerating Education, IBPYP educator. Promotes neuroscientific project-based learning through fun, hands-on, interactive, ‘classroom without walls’ play. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme. LinkedIn ahaacceleratingeducation@gmail.com

Alejtin Berisha – Global reach

Alejtin brings a secondary education, Finnish and innovative perspective to Life-Based Learning – Founder of Finnish Schools International and concept and Co-Founder and CEO of Universum College Resonates with LBL’s Mind and Learning Theme
Website LinkedIn alejtin.berisha@finnish.school

Natalie Reeves Billing UK

As an established and successful children’s author, story teller, talented musician, song writer and social entrepreneur, Natalie brings a creativity perspective to Life-Based Learning. Resonates with LBL’s Communication theme
Website LinkedIn manorrec@gmail.com

Rebecca WrenUK

Rebecca is an expert in the use of technology for learning. She has a primary school background and is the head of education services for a company delivering 3D-visualisation technology to schools. Resonates with LBL’s Communication theme.
Company website LinkedIn Rebecca.Wren@thecurveai.com

Carl GarnerUK

“As an educational psychologist, we need to revolutionise the way we educate our children. I say revolution; as a reform would just tinker with what we already have.” Resonates with LBL’s entire message to find a new way forward.
Website LinkedIn


Corrine HopeUK

Corrine is the go-to person for resources and advice on children’s musical development from 5 to 11 years of age. Co-founder of ‘The Musical Me’. Resonates with LBL’s Communication theme.
Company website LinkedIn corinne@themusicalme.com

Andrew Wright UK

Andrew takes evidence-based neuroscience, psychology and cognitive science and supports children, young people, parents, professionals to understand their amazing brain so they can get more out of every day.
Resonates with LBL’s Mind Theme
LinkedIn actionyourpotential@gmail.com

Holly Cottrell UK

Managing Director at Impact Education North West, Holly’s key skill is engaging hard to work with and vulnerable children in learning.
Resonates with LBL’s relationships theme
Company website LinkedIn holly@impactnorthwest.org.uk

Paul Bamlett UK

Chief Executive at Speaking Trees and Dramaquarium – theatre workshops to engage children who find school difficult.
Resonates with LBL’s Mind and Learning theme
LinkedIn bamlettp@gmail.com


Angela CousinsUK

The ‘Journey Alternative Provision’ provides extension online and learning tailored to the child outside mainstream provision. Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme.
Company site LinkedIn angela@journeyeducationgroup.co.uk

Ryan HudsonUK

Director at Elite Kids Coaching Ltd. Transforming physical education in schools; currently supporting 12,000 children every week in schools. Resonates with LBL’s Body theme.
Website LinkedIn INFO@ELITEKIDSCOACHING.COM

Julia JohnstonUK

BEST teaches young people, 3–17 years, about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Inspiring them to learn the life skills needed to thrive in today’s world, through sports games, art and drama. Resonates with LBL’s Emotions theme
Website LinkedIn julialjohnston@gmail.com


Tania K – UK

Emotionally Friendly Schools Lead – I facilitate the learning of young people and adults through teaching and NLP/NVC coaching. Resonates with LBL’s Relationships theme
LinkedIn


Mark Upton – Based in Shanghai, China

Mark, passionate about education, is a Learnlife Lead for China , introduced The Children’s University to China and is Director of Education at Icona group. Resonates with Life Based Learning
Website LinkedIn markupton17@gmail.com


Louise Jackson – UK

Louise brings considerable experience and perspective on Early Years education, inclusion and special educational needs, and has a wide portfolio of leadership in mentoring trainee teachers.
Resonates with Life Based Learning
LinkedIn

Cigdem Kurt Zabaras – Greater Sydney

Network Coordinator & Office/Project Manager at Big Picture Education Australia delivering innovating motivational personalized passion-based learning.
Resonates with LBL’s Mind theme
Company website LinkedIn ckurt12@yahoo.com

Vikas Pota – Global reach

Vikas is involved with and leads initiatives that advocate for change given the rapidly evolving nature of global society; is a campaigner for good education practice globally, and has vast experience of education worldwide through his entrepreneurial initiatives as outlined on his website. T4 Education.
Website LinkedIn

Nanna Spetz MSc. LP –

Nanna is an ‘experienced Sport Psychologist, therapist, and special needs teacher with experience working with individuals, families, and communities within international settings’.
Website LinkedIn nannaspetz@gmail.com

TJ Juttla – UK

TJ creates videos with ‘changemakers’ and makes these available via LinkedIn and Teacheroo to inspire change in education and challenge the status quo.
Teacheroo LinkedIn tj@qtslondon.co.uk

Rachel Bee – UK

Rachel guides parents and children to co-create a deeper connection and co-exist in harmony. She guides teachers and children to thrive in school. Resonates with LBL’s Relationships theme
Website LinkedIn hello@mindfulempowerment.co.uk




Tantri Rosenat – Originally Jakarta

Tantri has a wealth of international experience in elementary education to share. Passionate about enquiry learning, children’s development, travel, and education for young learners. Resonates with LBL’s entire message to find a new way forward.
Website LinkedIn almiratantri@gmail.com




Danny English – UK

Founder of We Be Kids- Outdoor Education specialist with a focus on Nature Connection & Wellbeing – Home-schooler
Resonates with LBL’s focus on children learning to live sustainably.
Website LinkedIn dannye103@hotmail.com




Rebecca Hart – UK

Rebecca makes learning immersive, fun, physical, creative and multi-sensory through dance — inspirational learning. Resonates with The Mind and brain-based learning
Website LinkedIn rebecca@dance-equation.co.uk




Feliciea Jibson – UK

Feliciea is an expert in brain development research and innovative education improving learning for children with learning difficulties: Resonates with The Mind and brain-based learning. Website LinkedIn feliciea.jibson@gmail.com




Keith Jackson – UK

Keith has years of International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme perspective on education Now providing coaching with specialty in educational related areas. Provides context for Life-Based Learning
LinkedIn cardiffjack@yahoo.co.uk




Mike Gilmour – based in Singapore

Mike brings global educational experience with specialism in relationships promotion culminating in his book, ‘The power of Rapport’ – a practical guide to build trust and develop authentic connections. Resonates with LBL’s Relationships Theme.
Website LinkedIn

Sally Field – UK

Sally promotes Mental Health Education, aimed at industry, via an app. She is included here for her perspective on mental health in the workplace. Resonates with The LBL Emotions Theme
Website LinkedIn sallyfield@email.com




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