We are delighted to share that Star Academies, Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT), David Ross Education Trust (DRET), Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) and The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) are the first trusts to sign all their schools up for the SEEN programme, seeing the value of the lessons for pupils in their secondary schools. In addition, the following trusts have committed to delivering the programme this academic year: Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) and Unity Schools Partnership.

We know that just one in four (24%) adults recognise the specific importance of the first five years for providing lifelong health and happiness. The SEEN Programme aims to help increase public understanding of how early experiences can shape the adults we become and by signing up to the programme, these trusts are helping deliver that important message.

Our pilot project shows the dramatic impact the lessons have on pupils’ understanding and behaviour.

  • 86% could give a practical example of what they could do to maximise a child’s development through everyday activities or play
  • Over 90% of pupils knew how a caregiver should speak to a baby to promote their language development
  • 80% understood that a child’s environment affects their development
  • 80% correctly reported that a child’s brain develops fastest in the first 5 years of life.

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On Wednesday 24th November 2021, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge joined a Year 8 science lesson as part of the SEEN pilot project developed by Oxford University and Kindred2.

The visit came after Her Royal Highness launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood last summer, which aims to drive awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years. The Duchess joined a Year 8 science lesson as part of a research project developed by Oxford University and Kindred2 .

The focus of this research aligns strongly with The Duchess and her work on early childhood as it is steeped in the understanding of the critical importance of early child development and its influence on an individual’s long-term health, wellbeing and potential in the future. The lessons focused on the neuroscience underpinning how caregiver’s behaviour is pivotal to childhood development and children’s future outcomes.