With ever increasing research into the factors that influence educational outcomes, this session explores the barriers to learning for the most vulnerable children in the community. The latest developments in Attachment Theory, the consequences of early trauma and maltreatment and the contemporary focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) will be explored. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on how all children are ‘Seen, Safe, Soothed and Secure’ and there will be a specific focus on self-regulation. The work of Stuart Shanker in this area will be discussed and how this can be used in the classroom or setting to address some of the challenges faced by children and young people because of their earliest experiences.
Dr Eunice Lumsden, Head of Early Years, University of Northampton