SEEN Programme

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Programme Overview

The SEEN Programme (Secondary Education around Early Neurodevelopment) provides secondary schools with lesson plans, teaching resources, and staff training to deliver this important content to young people.

SEEN Programme Lead, Louise Aukland, introduces the lessons and the rationale behind the programme in the video...

Download our neuroscience assembly pack

Share the resource with colleagues and introduce your students to the most important organ – the brain.

Explore the concept of neuroscience and the importance of experiences in shaping brain development.

The SEEN Pilot Project

In 2021, the SEEN Curriculum materials were developed and trialled by the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry.

Researchers were excited by the results:

  • More than 3700 students took part in the pilot across 29 schools, involving over 100 teaching staff.
  • Students demonstrated both increased knowledge about development and an understanding of how this was applicable to practical situations after the SEEN lessons.
  • 100% of teachers and 91% of pupils felt the SEEN curriculum should be taught to other students of the same age.
  • Students thought the content is fun, interesting, and relevant to them.

Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood

The SEEN Programme is the Centre for Early Childhood's latest case study following the launch of the Shaping Us campaign.

After the Princess of Wales visited Nower Hill High School during the pilot project, the Royal Foundation wanted to highlight the rationale behind the Programme and some of the key pilot findings.