The Education
we need,
28 September 2019
QEII Centre, London

The education we need, now.

Join The Montessori
Conference 2019

An event to share the brilliance and innovation of The Montessori Method, brought to you by the UK’s leading Montessori training providers.

Meet our inspiring speakers


Professor Michael Thomas

Director of the University of London Centre for Educational Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Angeline Lillard

Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia

Join our diverse range of presentations and workshops


09: 00 AM

Pickwick & Redgrave Rooms

10: 00 AM

Churchill room

10: 10 AM

In this talk, Professor Lillard will present data from new studies regarding the long-term associations of Montessori schooling with people's health, wellbeing, and other measures in adulthood. This includes an interview study of adult graduates of a Montessori school that served mostly black American children in Washington DC in the 80s and 90s, and results of online surveys taken by over 2000 people who attended Montessori schools at some point in their school career compared to similar people who only attended more conventional schools.

Churchill room

11: 00 AM

The discussion aims to raise key issues in education today with participants stating their position in relation to this topic and sharing their views on current issues and their impact for future generations. To be followed by questions from the floor for a moderated discussion.


12: 00 PM

The many steps to mastering literacy: evidence from reading and writing research supports the Montessori method
Professor Chloë Marshall

How to reach busy parents to help them bring Montessori into the home
Simone Davies

Montessori Primary (6-12) - preparing the child for the 21st century
Alison Awes

The adolescent as the agent for change in the 21st century
Jenny Marie Höglund

The principles of observation in the children's house
Karen Pearce


14: 15 PM

What has age got to do with it? – Montessori transforming old lives, too
Anne Kelly

Montessori, movement and executive functioning - promoting the close relationship with the developing mind
Louise Livingston

Using technology to support Montessori practice
Sara Thakrar

Learning outdoors: children's capacity for personal risk assessment - practical ideas for the classroom
Michelle Wisbey

Can we apply the Leuven scale of involvement to Montessori's curve of work?
Barbara Isaacs

Be conscious - be responsible - be sustain-able: practical ideas for the classroom
Marvin José Reyes Moreno


15: 15 PM

In this talk, Professor Thomas will give an overview of the current state of educational neuroscience and the relevance of Montessori within this perspective. He will consider recent neuroscience evidence on topics such as sensitive periods in development, the social brain, the predictive brain, and adolescent brain development, which link to the pedagogical concepts underpinning the Montessori approach.


16: 15 PM

Call to action by Miss Astrid Höglund, a graduate of the Montessori School “Lära för Livet” in Varberg, Sweden


Event Information

The Venue


The QEII Centre

The Montessori Conference 2019 takes place at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London (Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE).

The venue is close to many major transport hubs, and can easily be reached by foot from St James's Park tube station (4 mins walk) or Westminster tube station (6 mins walk).

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