Neuroscience: what classroom staff need to know

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In this episode we are talking about neuroscience and how educators can use it to build effective connections with the children and young people they teach. Our guest today is Thrive Partnerships Lead and former teacher, Senco and headteacher, Kay Hamilton. Kay is a passionate advocate for the use of neuroscience in understanding classroom behaviour and in creating relationships that enable change to take place.  

Listen in to discover:   

  • How to translate neuroscience into effective classroom practice 
  • An explanation of the role of serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin in connection 
  • Why connection between humans is so important for good mental health 
  • Why disconnection can lead to an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone  
  • An explanation of the link between social connection and the brain’s ability to form new neuronal pathways and to learn 
  • Practical suggestions for language and activities that help to build connections 

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