It’s Harder to Concentrate: How to Support and Challenge 21st Century Learners

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Northern Centre May 10th, 2019 9:30 am $264.60
London Centre May 8th, 2019 9:30 am $264.60

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Over the past 10-15 years, research in neuroscience and psychology has uncovered a trove of valuable information about how children’s brains develop. The picture that has emerged is not simply that children’s brains are immature versions of adult’s brains, but rather one of difference: a child’s brain differs in certain key ways from an adult’s brain. This makes them better at some key things than adults are – a child learns language, for example, far faster than an adult. But it also means that there are some things that children find particularly hard in comparison with adults.

In this talk Dr Sam Wass, a developmental psychologist from Channel 4’s The Secret Life of 4- and 5-Year-Olds, presents research scientific research into brain development in children – in typical children, and in particular, those who have had especially hard early life experiences. He concentrates on two areas that are particularly important. In part 1 he talks about concentration and learning; in part 2 he talks about understanding and managing emotions. He concludes with a discussion of how we can use this new knowledge and understanding to change how we interact with children.


  • Exploration around neuroscientific and psychologic issues impacting children’s brain development
  • Discussion surrounding key differences in children’s brain development
  • A deeper understanding of modern day issues that affect children’s concertation
  • A look at managing emotions and how adults can support this
Course type
One Day Course
Course duration


Led by
Dr Sam Wass
Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers