Our third Creative Thinktank examined how music impacts development in the early stages of our lives.
Co-created by Professor Margaret Barrett, Professor Graham Welch, and Katherine Zeserson, the event brought together researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy-makers and education professionals to consider the following:
Ideas explored embraced a wide range of wellbeings, including physical, psychological, emotional, social, educational and musical. Discussions indicated that:
To enrich young children’s vocabulary through music and sound.
To address the speech, language and communication needs deficit which remains unchanged since 2008. This will be a 4-pronged approach involving musicians, children, parents and early years practitioners.
A two-year RCT/ethnographic study examining the impact of music-based interventions on the language development of early years children.
Three groups would be compared:
Partners: Speech and language therapists, NHS, HHCP (e.g. CF/MA), arts partners
To establish a physical space in Suffolk where early years pedagogy encounters experimental, provocative & exquisite arts practice.
An interdisciplinary, cross sector, early years arts centre, funded and supported by educational, artistic, health, social care, community, charities, and industry. It would increase cultural capital and social mobility, and meet the wellbeing agenda for children, their families and the early years workforce.
A purpose-built arts centre in the heart of the community (with satellite venues) designed to facilitate the engagement of early years children with all areas of the arts. To include a permanent EY setting, a performance space, training space, resident artists, researchers and EY practitioners.
HE institutions, NHS, researchers, artists, arts organisations (e.g. ACE, Snape), EY practitioners and settings, parents, children, local industry, trusts (e.g. Wellcome), local authorities and governance, celebrities and patrons.
NOTES FROM PROCEEDINGS
Wyse, D. (2017). How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Recent blog based on research on curriculum internationally: https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/what-next-for-curriculum
Wyse, D., Jones, R. Bradford, H. & Wolpert, M. A. (2018). Teaching English, language and literacy (Fourth Edition). London: Routledge.
Wyse, D. & Torgerson, C. (2017). Experimental trials and ‘what works?’ in education: The case of grammar for writing. British Educational Research Journal. Vol. 43(6), p, 1019-1047. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3315 (30).
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