Right age to start school in spotlight

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Discussions on whether children start school too early are to be held during a day of workshops to be held at Sheffield University next Wednesday, October 30.

World-leading experts in education will also look at whether too much too soon is being expected from youngsters, and whether they should adopt the Scandinavian model of starting school at six or seven.

The day is free to attend and anyone with an interest in education, early years provision and environments for learning is welcome.

The event will also explore the settings in which education takes place, the idea of learning through play versus more formal traditions of learning, and the philosophies that have informed how we learn and where we learn through history.

It will also question whether the current approach of prioritising ‘school readiness’ over ‘free play’ and starting formal education in nursery is the right approach for this country.

Architects have also been invited to raise issues around ideal spaces for learning.

The event will run from 10am until 4pm in the Arts Tower on Western Bank.

It is free to attend but places are limited - email Dr Rosie Parnell at r.parnell@sheffield.ac.uk to book a place.