Why neuroscience?

20%

20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year

50%

50% of mental health problems are established by age 14

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10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem

70%

yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions

Focusing on neuroscience helps young people and teachers to look at who we are, how we develop and learn, and offers opportunities to change and grow.

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, mainly the brain, where most of the nervous system activity takes place. It shows how the nervous system develops, its structure, and what it does. As we know, our brains did not evolve to enable us to cope with many of the demands and requirements of modern life, and yet amazingly, we do! If your brain is not working well, you may struggle with many details of life – in effect battling with your own brain.

Although a scientific understanding of how the brain has changed by educational interventions is only now merging, it is likely to help contribute to the future of teacher education and the development of educational policies in the 21st Century.

This area of research work is developing at a pace and there is a growing emphasis and evidence on the ability of our minds to change, adapt and develop to the world around us. In terms of learning and the way we learn, this has massive implications. It simple terms in means we have significant influence over what and how we think, how this can affect our total life experience. Work of this type in schools has shown to improve behaviour, learning, emotional literacy, mental health and OFSTED ratings.

We are collaborating with academic experts. To understand how neuroscience connects with education, have a look at our summary of Breakdown of Key Summary Areas

Anything that has an impact on learning will ultimately have a brain basis. The idea that our understanding about how the brain works could impact upon educational practice is therefore an attractive one. This idea has gained traction in the last 10–15 years (particularly in the last five years), with considerable discussion and a step change in the number of articles connecting the brain with education.”

Dr Paul Howard-Jones, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

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We are working with the experts!

Professionals we are working with have a wide range of expertise including:

  • Neuroscience
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing
  • Evaluation of interventions for vulnerable children (in care, homeless, refugee)
  • Evaluation of child Mental Health services
  • Global child Mental Health
  • Evaluation of inter professional training
  • Discourse and Pragmatics
  • English Language
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture
  • Expanding Knowledge in Education
  • Languages and Literacy
  • Languages and Literature
  • Impact of trauma on a child’s central health, with particular focus in low-income countries
  • Medical Education or Training
  • Service Perceptions and Developments
  • Emotional and compassionate care
  • Dementia and Perinatal Mental Health care

See the experts we are working with and what they are currently working on on our Research page.

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