MSA Primary Contact

Chair: Emma Gowers
Deputy: TBC
Tel: 0207 278 2020
Montessori Primary Schools across the UK

Emma Gowers is passionate about child-centred and creative care and education, and set up The Gower School to offer it in Islington in 2000. She increasingly saw links with the Montessori philosophy and became active in the MSA in 2005. The Gower School is strongly rooted in its local community and now provides primary education rooted in the Montessori philosophy for 150 children aged 4-11, with pupils often going on to all the major London independent senior schools. Its nursery provides care and education for 160 children 0-5 years. The Gower School has been accredited by MEAB since 2008, and is rated Outstanding/Excellent in every area by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Emma believes that developing and supporting a strong staff team is the foundation of a successful and happy school; she and many Gower School staff have undertaken MCI courses, and are committed attendees at MSA professional development events.

Emma has been deputy chair of the MSA London region, and a member of the National Council since 2008, and is part of the team organising the national conference. She was deputy chair of the MSA Primary region since its inception, before becoming chair in 2017.

Emma is an active member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and is currently Treasurer of the ISA London North region. She has strong roots in Islington, where she is a former local councillor, and chaired the EYDCP. Emma chairs Islington’s PVI Forum and is a member of the Islington Schools Forum.

Primary Group Meetings

Watch this space for details on the next Primary Group meeting.

Montessori for over fives

The value of Montessori education for young children has been recognised for over a century in the United Kingdom. It is increasingly being recognised as equipping older children for the challenges of the 21st century by promoting free thinking, self-motivation and independent learning across the curriculum as well as providing a sound basis for learning in literacy and numeracy.

Montessori schools achieve this balance between high levels of achievement and the confidence to be independent learners by enabling children to follow their natural development.

In a Montessori primary school, the children no longer just choose what to work with, as they did in their Montessori nursery. They are empowered to manage a weekly plan with activities both of which they negotiate with their teacher. They are given weekly tasks in literacy, numeracy and the sciences. Each child can choose when to complete their tasks, and when these are completed, the child has another tutorial discussion with their teacher to plan more work. As in the nursery, this gives each child the opportunity to manage their activities, but as they grow older the management of time and tasks becomes more complex and embraces all curricular activities and subjects.

The Montessori primary curriculum fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and goes well beyond this in many subjects.

Montessori St Nicholas has been working closely with four state primary schools to introduce Montessori to their foundation stage and this will soon be expanded further up the schools. Find out more about the State School Projects

To download the booklet ‘Reach Further’ explaining the benefits of continuing in a Montessori environment till the end of primary school click here

MSA Primary region had a great turnout at The Gower School, Islington, on Saturday 7th October for their Autumn term CPD day.

MSA Primary chair and hosting school Principal Emma Gowers welcomed the eager delegates and introduced South African educational psychologist Dr Lyn Thijsse.

As promised, Dr Thijsse, an inspiring and thought provoking speaker, worked through a range of neuro developmental disorders relevant to the practitioners present. Feedback from the event has been 100% positive, the information was interesting and essential to the modern Montessorian. Lyn talked about the Eureka Learning Systems programme she has developed, which several London Montessori schools have taken up with amazing results for their children, including Rose House and The Gower School. Lyn will be running the ELS therapists course again next Spring.

Tours of The Gower School Montessori Primary proved popular too.

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