Tes focus on...Social-emotional skills in the early years

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Children who are able to focus their attention, manage their behaviour and interact positively with others from a young age experience better learning outcomes later in life, finds Irena Barker

Social and emotional skills in early years

From very early on in their school careers, pupils are judged on their academic performance, with a strong emphasis on English and maths. And in England this year, schools are piloting a new “baseline” test to monitor how well children perform in these key areas at just 4 or 5 years old.

But while we may be impressed if little Casper can count to 20 and knows a triangle from a square, some argue that, at this age, learning to master social and emotional skills matters far more. The ability to focus attention, manage behaviour, interact positively with others, and understand and deal with ...

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