Contexts, Cultures and Change

Our second seminar was held in Brighton on Friday 16th January 2015 in the lovely setting of Stanmer House . The seminar examined the role of the wider school and cultural contexts in scaffolding children’s learning and thinking, with a particular emphasis on social and emotional learning.

Professor Robin Banerjee (University of Sussex) gave the first keynote address. Click here for a copy of his presentation.

Robin Banerjee: Scaffolding children’s social and emotional learning

In the first keynote presentation of the day, Robin will speak about his work on social and emotional learning at school, discussing the multiple layers of social-contextual factors that influence children’s developing understanding of the social world. He will focus on the interplay of children’s cognition, emotion, and motivation at school, and will consider the roles played by the peer group, the classroom context, and the wider school climate. Implications of his research for our understanding of – and for our interventions to support – ‘vulnerable’ or ‘at-risk’ groups of young people will be discussed.

 Marcelo Staricoff, Primary Headteacher and author of ‘Start Thinking’ gave the second keynote address of the day. You can access his presentation in two parts by clicking here: Part one and Part two. 

Marcelo Staricoff: a whole-school approach to promoting thinking at home

The primary-age child sits in a triangular relationship of school, parent and child. This triangle is the foundation of a whole-school approach at Balfour Primary School in Brighton. The head of Balfour and author of Start Thinking, Marcelo Staricoff, will talk about the initiatives taken at Balfour (and previously, Hertford Infant and Nursery School) to promote children’s thinking through supporting the relationship between home and school. He will describe how the school has used activities such as ‘taking a question home’ and ‘bringing an idea in’ to school to support the development of general attitudes to learning in children, as well as how technology such as Virtual Learning Environments and social media such as blogging can be used to promote thinking and learning at home.

Programme of the day:

9.30 – 10.00       Arrival / registration / tea and coffee

10.00 – 11.00     Keynote address 1: Professor Robin Banerjee

11.00 – 12.15     Breakout group discussion

12.15 – 12.30     Plenary discussion

12.30 – 13.30      Buffet lunch

13.30 – 14.30     Keynote address 2: Marcelo Staricoff and close

14.30 – 15.00     Tea break

15.00 – 16.15     Breakout group discussion

16.15 – 17.00      Plenary discussion concluding remarks and close

Registration is now CLOSED.