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News & Views

The School Readiness survey hits the news

January 31, 2023

The school readiness survey results were reported on by national, regional and local broadcasters and newspapers.

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New School Readiness Report Released

January 26, 2023

Results of the latest survey reveal that most parents (89%) believe their children are school ready by the time they start Reception – but finds that teachers think it’s nearer half (54%).

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TES – The world is trying to fix early years – but is it doing it right?

January 25, 2023

Korbey speaks with Felicity Gillespie, Director of Kindred Squared, about the need for a universal understanding of the importance of the Early Years.

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Frontier Economics – ECEC Solutions

December 2, 2022

A coalition of Early Years organisations convened by Kindred Squared, including Early Education and providers LEYF and Ark Start, has identified a series of practical and affordable new options for more efficient and effective Early Years spending in England. There’s…

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HRH The Princess of Wales highlights the importance of the early years in The Telegraph

November 26, 2022

The Princess of Wales is absolutely right to highlight the importance of the first five years of a child’s life. The more we can, as a nation, focus on early years development, the more society will benefit. The Princess of…

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The SEEN Blog #1 | 5 reasons why EVERY school should teach the SEEN Lessons

September 7, 2022

I may be biased, but bear with me.   When I left the science classroom almost 5 years ago I had 2 things I wanted to do. Find a way to teach teenagers about their brains (why don’t we teach much…

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Why are the early years so frequently ignored?

August 19, 2022

Director of Kindred Squared, Felicity Gillespie, discusses in The Times why the early years are so frequently ignored by policy makers. Highlighting the comparatively vast amount of support pensioners receive in our society, Felicity explores the significant lack of support…

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The SEEN Programme features in the TES

June 17, 2022

In June, the Times Education Supplement published an article about SEEN Programme, exploring the importance of universal education for teenager about brain development in babies and young children.   Christina Quaine from the TES met with Felicity Gillespie, Director of Kindred…

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Felicity Gillespie in The Times: Our children are behind before they even begin

June 15, 2022

The Times Education Commission report is calling for increased focus on the early years. It is great to see growing support around the importance of the early years given its fundamental impact on life-long outcomes. Based on a year-long enquiry…

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Half of all children not ready to start school – according to national survey

March 10, 2022

In November 2021, Kindred² commissioned YouGov to conduct our second annual ‘school readiness’ survey of school professionals. Almost a thousand primary school teachers and staff responded. They reported that on average, 50% of all children are not ready to start…

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Multi Academy Trusts sign-up to teach the SEEN Programme

March 8, 2022

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 up all of their schools for the Secondary Education around Early Neurodevelopment…

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Duchess of Cambridge visits North London school to find out about SEEN programme

November 24, 2021

On Wednesday 24th November, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Nower Hill High School in Harrow where she joined a science lesson studying neuroscience and the importance of early childhood development.   The visit comes after Her Royal Highness…

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