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High Level Seminars at Our Centres

As educational professionals it is important that we continue to engage with research and the theories and practices which challenge and lead our thinking about learning and development – and in our seminar programme you will find opportunities to do just that. This year we are delighted to welcome to our Centres highly respected academic leaders who will lead thought provoking seminars providing real insight into the key concepts of affecting 20th Century Learners.

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Multiple Place Discounts Available on Summer 2019 CPD

  • Spend £200 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 5% off
    Use code: 200cpd5
  • Spend £400 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 10% off
    Use code: 400cpd10
  • Spend £600 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 15% off
    Use code: 600cpd15


Choose from the following: Course Date Price

Transformative Thinking Masterclass

It’s Harder to Concentrate: How to Support & Challenge 21st Century Learners One Day Summer $150.00

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

Course description

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
Led by Dr Sam Wass
Price $198.45 (exc. VAT)
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Wednesday 8th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
The Caring & Daring Practitioner One Day Summer $200.00

The Caring & Daring Practitioner

Course description

This session will focus on how early years practitioners need to both ‘care’ and ‘dare’ young children to promote an optimal learning and wellbeing environment.  It considers the notions of self-regulation, executive function, the ‘zone of tolerable stress’ and the idea of a ‘secure base classroom’, as well as how early years practitioners might operate within this ‘zone’.

Reference is made to research and neuroscientific evidence which identifies the role of two key neurobiological systems – the stress response system and the social engagement system – which play an integral role in enabling children to focus and sustain their attention on the academic and social demands of the EYFS.  Relevant links are also made to well-known practices such as sustained shared thinking and the characteristics of effective learning, as well as the different roles practitioners need to play in supporting learning and wellbeing.


  • Practical strategies to facilitate young children’s well-being and progress
  • A clearer understanding of the role of the neurological systems on development
  • Understand the critical importance of self-managing feelings, emotions and impulses
Course type One Day Course
Led by Janet Rose
Price $264.60 (exc. VAT)
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Friday 7th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now