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Join a Master Class with Dr. Sam Wass

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

Full Day Seminar, May 2019  

Do you find children less able to concentrate than 10-15 years ago?  Are children finding it harder to manage their emotions? If you want to know why, then join us for this highly informative and engaging seminar with Dr Sam Wass, a developmental psychologist from Channel 4’s The Secret Life of 4- and 5-Year-Olds

During the seminar Sam present new research in neuroscience and psychology which has uncovered a wealth of valuable information about how children’s brains develop in ‘typical’ children and in children who have had especially hard early life experiences.  He will focus on two areas that are particularly important:  

  • concentration and how to nurture this;
  • managing their emotions, why and how to support this.

This offers a unique opportunity to be informed by new knowledge about 21st century children which can help us to change how we interact to support them and help their learning and overall development.


  • Gain new information about how 21st lifestyles are impacting on brain development
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how modern day issues affect children’s development
  • Explore how best to improve children’s ability to concentrate
  • Discuss how children manage emotions and how adults can support this

Venue / Dates
London Centre, Wednesday 8th May
Northern Centre, Friday 10th May

9.30am – 3.30pm

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Dr Sam Wass is perhaps best known as an on-screen scientist in the Channel 4 series The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds. He studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and did his PhD at the Centre for Brain Cognitive Development in London. He was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, based at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge and is currently funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship, based at the University of East London.

Sam’s research use neuroimaging, heart rate recording, and behavioural testing to examine the different factors that cause and alleviate stress in children, why some children find it easier to concentrate than others do, and how these two things might be related.

He works with typical children as well as children growing up in low socio-economic status backgrounds in East London. He is also a collaboration projects in London, New York and Canada with clinical populations (children with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Rett Syndrome), funded by the Medical Research Council, NIHR and others.