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In partnership with Kindred Squared, SEEN is a research project to develop and pilot curriculum for Key Stage 3 pupils. It aims to embed the key principles of early child development and neuroscience for young people.

Update December 2021

The delivery of the 2021 pilot project has now been completed. Thank you for your help and support.

Please read our report of the results here.

Any schools wishing to access the lessons and participate in the rollout of the SEEN programme should please contact

School experiences of the SEEN Project

Why teach chilDren about early child development?

The first 1001 days (pregnancy and the first two years of a child's life) is a critically important period for development that significantly influences a child’s long-term health, well-being, learning and earnings potential. It provides the foundation for children’s nascent emotional wellbeing, resilience and adaptability. Sensitive and responsive parent-infant relationships have been shown to be pivotal for the development of infants’ social, emotional, behavioural and cognitive outcomes. It is therefore essential to develop a community-wide understanding of the neuroscience that underpins how caregivers' behaviour contributes to children's future outcomes.

KS3 SCIENCE curriculum

With the advice of our academic and education expert advisory panels, our team developed three KS3 science lessons, with lesson plans, resources and training for teachers. The lesson topics covered brain development, the caregiver's role in early years development and the ongoing development of the brain throughout life. 
Twenty one schools and over 3700 pupils have taken part in this project. The results are currently being analysed and prepared for scientific publication.

Our team

Selected publications


Related research themes