About me

"Is war still relevant?"
Facilitating a P4C enquiry with special guests MP Rory Stewart(then Chair of Defence) and James Astill, Political Editor of the Economist

Jane has over 20 years of practical experience of P4C with primary school children.  She is a registered SAPERE trainer and has led P4C training for over 1200 primary and secondary teachers from over 200 schools across the UK and also in Kuwait, Spain, Mexico City, Nepal, India, British Virgin Islands and Malawi.  These include: whole school training, comissioned courses and open courses for state, private and international schools.

Until recently. Jane was a Senior Teacher at Armathwaite Community Primary School  and the curriculum leader for P4C, facilitating a weekly P4C session for every class from Reception to Year 6. In 2015 the school achieved the SAPERE Gold P4C School Award, following on from Bronze and Silver.  See a Vimeo presention of their Bronze P4C School Award ceremony here. Read a copy of the assessor's report for their P4C Gold School Award here and see how P4C is embedded across the whole school. 

Armathwaite School was one of the first Expert Centres for the Global Learning Programme(GLP) during 2013-2015, working with 23 local primary and secondary schools.  The school is now an Advocate School for the GLP. Jane was accredited as a  Lead Practitioner for Global Learning at the level of 'Transforming and Leading' in 2014. She is currently undertaking an action research project with the Institue of Education through the GLP Innovation Fund using her Philosopher's Backpack to develop 'critical global thinking'.

Jane was also the subject leader for English and RE.  She is passionate about developing children's love of reading and writing, especially through a global context. For the last five years she has been an active representative on the Cumbria SACRE and was delighted to become the Chair in June 2017. More recently, she is delighted to have become an Associate of Empathy Lab.

Originally, Jane gained a BEd. (Hons) in Outdoor Education at Charlotte Mason College in Cumbria and a MSc (Environmental and Development Education) at South Bank University.  During the last 25 years she has worked in a variety of teaching posts, both in schools and universities, and has also been involved in development and environmental projects for development education centres, the Environment Agency, outdoor centres and the Local Authority.  Following the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry in 1999, Jane worked for Cumbria Education Authority as an Advisory Teacher for Race Equality. 

Jane lives in the Eden Valley in Cumbria and is married to fellow adventurer and mountaineer Simon Yates. Jane is responsible for organising Simon's lecture tours.  For further information, please contact simonyateslectures@outlook.com