9 July 2022 – Online. 

This online conference brings together a range of experts in early years education, to discuss the importance of education in promoting social justice. A panel of researchers, practitioners and leaders in the early years and educational sectors – including Leonor Diaz Alcantara, CEO of Montessori Group – will share learning, expertise and their vision for a more equitable future for children at this free event.

Dr Nathan Archer, Director of the IMI, said: “In this event we aim to draw together all those interested in education and social justice with diverse experiences and expertise, and shared commitments and priorities. We hope to stimulate ideas, discussion, and action around the potential of education, and particularly early education, to advance issues of social justice.

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Into Montessori Conference 2021


  • Welcome from Leonor Diaz Alcantara and James Archer
  • Professor Catherine McTamaney – A Journey into Montessori
  • Professor Dame Alison Peacock – Learning without limits: A professional response
  • Interview – Exploring Journeys into Montessori part 1
  • Dr Julian Grenier – The 2020 revision of Development Matters and the contribution of the Montessori philosophy in contemporary Early Years practice
  • Interview – Exploring Journeys into Montessori part 2
  • Dr Jonathan Barnes – Happiness matters: Towards a pedagogy of happiness and well-being – drawing on the wisdom of Dr Montessori
  • Q&A – A chance for your questions to be put to our panel
  • Anne Longfield – Building back better, educational imperatives in a post-COVID-19 world
  • The International Montessori Awards 2021


Dr Catherine McTamaney
Dr Catherine McTamaneyAward-winning teacher and author including two books on Montessori education and compassionate teaching
Professor Dame Alison Peacock
Professor Dame Alison PeacockCEO of the Chartered College of Teaching Dr Julian Grenier: headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Newham, east London
Dr Jonathan Barnes
Dr Jonathan BarnesWorked in primary and secondary schools both in the UK and overseas and has written several widely-used books on cross-curricular approaches
Anne Longfield
Anne LongfieldA notable campaigner for children who recently served as the Children's Commissioner for England
James Archer
James ArcherDirector of the International Montessori Institute
Leonor Diaz Alcantara
Leonor Diaz AlcantaraChief Executive of The Montessori Group