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Are our children starting formal education too early? (press release)

The University of Sheffield is holding a day of workshops, talks and discussions involving world-leading experts in education and architecture to discuss whether children begin formal education too soon in the UK.

The day (Wednesday 30 October 2013) is free to attend and anyone with an interest in education, early years provision and environments for learning is welcome to come along. The day will explore the settings in which education takes place, the idea of learning through play versus more formal traditions of learning, and the philosophies that have informed how we learn and where we learn through history.

The experts will also debate whether we are expecting too much too soon from our children. Should we adopt the Scandinavian system of starting school at 6 or 7, or is the current approach of prioritising ‘school readiness’ over ‘free play’ and starting formal education in nursery, the right approach for the UK?

When: Wednesday 30th October, 10am – 4pm

Where: The Well, Room 16.02, Floor 16, The Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

The event is free to attend but places are limited, please contact Dr Rosie Parnell r.parnell@sheffield.ac.uk to book or for further information.

I would love to attend, but it’s in Sheffield. I hope it goes well for them.  It’s a subject Kip has blogged about here with Georgia’s homework. 

Lozzie. x


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