NATE Primary Working Group – building a community of teachers to support young people

The Primary Working group is made up of a mixture of practising teachers, school based senior leaders, advisers and university lecturers all focused on early years and primary English. One of the great strengths of this group has been that it is grounded in the day to day practice of teaching.

The Working Group has been closely involved in curriculum development, assessment consultations, lobbying politicians, reviewing books and materials, leading and developing CPD for Primary English, contributing to NATE research and publications and giving a voice to teachers at all levels.

Our priorities are to reinvigorate the primary voice within NATE and to build a community of like-minded (and broad-minded) teachers who believe that an expansive, rich and engaging English curriculum is an essential element of every child’s education.

Meet the team

David Gibbons (Chair) is Headteacher of Nettleham Church of England Aided Junior School in Lincolnshire and has been a Headteacher of primary and junior schools since 1998. David has been involved  with NATE, particularly the Primary Working Group, for the past fifteen years, has been a regular contributor to the organisation’s publications and has represented NATE in consultations with government about primary curriculum and assessment.

When not worrying about education he plays the trumpet quite badly around the country and beyond from The Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festivals to Reykjavik and Paris’ hottest spots in a 10 piece ska band.

Working Group members

Lana Boztas

Lana left classroom teaching in July 2019 after over fifty years as a teacher.  She has taught all ages from 4-60, but has mainly been in the Primary sector.  The last 30 years were spent mostly with Year 6, and she has been involved in every SATs English or Reading test since their inception as a teacher and for many years as a marker.  She has also worked on Coding, which is related to the development of tests and she marks Primary English tests for Cambridge International.  Lana has been a member of the NATE Primary Committee for well over twenty years.  She regularly reviews books for the magazine. Lana’s other interests include music, especially choral singing, chess and reading.

Joanne Robinson