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Pete Moorhouse, Independent Creative Consultant

Pete is a creative consultant and artist educator specialising in Early Years who delivers training both nationally and overseas.

He is an honorary research fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol researching creative and critical thinking in Early Years, regularly presenting research at international conferences.

His work is centred around developing children’s creativity and his practice is inspired by Froebelian principles and practice in Reggio Emilia.

Pete is the UK’s leading authority on woodwork in Early Years education and has written several books and journal articles, including ‘Learning Through Woodwork’ (Routledge). He is currently working his latest book – ‘Creativity in Practice: Nurturing creative and critical thinking in early childhood education’.

Pete won the national award (2019) from the Creative Learning Guild for his work promoting creativity in education. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Anni McTavish, Early Years Creative Arts Consultant

Through her successful career from parent volunteer to headteacher, national and international trainer, presenter, consultant and writer – Anni has developed a real passion and expertise for Creative Arts in education.

With a background in the Arts, early education and humanistic psychotherapy, Anni’s approach is to inspire, inform and support others to identify strengths as well as areas they wish to develop in their practice.

She holds a particular interest in supporting young children’s emotional health, resilience and well-being through Art and leads a wide range of projects in schools to support this area of development.

Anni has written numerous articles and books and interestingly, Anni originally trained as a fine bookbinder and ran her own business as a designer and maker of hats – so creativity runs in her blood!


Emma Bairstow, Primary Art Consultant

Emma is a specialist Art consultant supporting the development of the Arts in primary education. After graduating from Wimbledon College of Art, she began a career working with the Inspire Partnership of Schools, London, leading community and school-led projects from Early Years through to Y6.

Emma has since founded her own company, Artworks Education ltd, and works nationally to deliver CPD and bespoke packages of support to help raise expectations and standard of Art teaching and learning in school.

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