Early Years Moderation Conference
We live at a time of exponential development as a species. Childhood even two hundred years ago was a time of improvised games based on limited resources. You might be friends with the children on your street - but a town 10 miles away was a far-off land. Today, our children can exchange information with hundreds of people, anywhere in the world, at the touch of a button. Constantly stimulated, they demand ever more complex and information-rich forms of entertainment. Year by year we are growing more intelligent as a species. A child of mid-level intelligence born today would, if placed in an equivalent classroom in 1970, have been in the top 15% of their class. But children are increasingly reporting more negative emotions such as stress and anxiety too. The likelihood of agreeing with statements such as ‘I worry more than I’d like to’ has increased rapidly in recent years.
In this seminar, Dr Sam Wass presents scientific research into how childhood is changing. He explores how factors such as urbanisation and connectivity are affecting both the emotions that children experience, and how they think and learn. Dr Sam Wass gained a first-class undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, and did his PhD at the Centre for Brain Cognitive Development in London. After this he was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, based at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge. He is currently funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship, based at the University of East London. Sam’s research examines how stress affects concentration and learning capacities during childhood. He works with typical children as well as children growing up in low socio-economic status backgrounds in East London. He is also a collaborator on projects in London, New York and Canada with clinical populations (children with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Rett Syndrome). His research has been funded by the Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, and others.
Additional speakers: * Sarah Jeffs – EYFS Lead teacher, Edinburgh Primary School, Queen’s Road, Walthamstow. Sarah Jeffs is a very experienced class teacher, who leads the Early Years team in a large three form- entry Primary school in Waltham Forest. The school draws pupils from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Sarah will share first-hand experiences of implementing her unique approach to teaching and learning, with ‘in the moment planning’ for both Nursery and Reception classes.