The key to any intervention at primary level is to understand that the developmental journey of a child through primary education is fundamentally about the structural development of mind and body.
Growth in both the brain and body is extreme during these years and the role of the school is to nourish this growth holistically.
So what does this mean in reality?
Well put simply, the hundred billion brain cells a child is born with are continuing their fundamental organisation and structuring, and the processes of neural plasticity ensure that where the brain is engaged in a wide variety of experiences and stimuli, the brain develops capability that reflect these experiences.
It is important therefore, that whilst children should begin the process of understanding how to use their brain effectively over their time in school, it is as important that the environment within a primary school supports a rich developmental journey through to young adulthood.
The programmes and experiences developed for this age group, are designed to guide a teachers’ understanding of how to achieve the balance between a rich developmental environment, and the introduction of brain centred learning strategies for the individual learner.
As the critical conduit for the delivery of a rich and diverse developmental experience the school can be supported by TLP to design a strategy to optimise this most fundamental of developmental stages in the human life-cycle.
As learners arrive at secondary school, the majority of the structural development of the brain has been achieved, and the goal then shifts for a school, from supporting that structural development, to helping the individual learner maximise their use of their brain.
From a creative, fact gathering, and problem solving perspective, there are now a suite of approaches that teachers should be able to command at any given time to support the individual learner. Like a good chef, effective teaching and learning is all in the ingredients. A teacher, who is well versed in all the ingredients that make up powerful and empowering learning journey for their students, will be able to help all their learners maximise their journey throughout secondary school. We have been careful to bring together tools and strategies that we know make a difference in the reality of the class room, and have packaged them in such a way that practical application is the all important factor.
As the critical conduit for the delivery of a rich and diverse developmental experience the school or teacher can be supported by TLP to design a strategy to optimise this next phase in the human developmental life-cycle.