West Heath School

Self Science

Self Science is a curriculum subject with each student accessing two lessons per week. The whole ethos of the programme is to produce more effective learning and more effective learners. The emotional climate created is essential for effective learning to take place and as such we aim to foster a relaxed and accepting environment for our children and young people.

Our work in Self Science is fundamentally based upon Neuro-Linguistic Programming which recognises that learning and emotions are fundamentally connected. It adopts a positive view of the brain, its development and the way in which it can be affected through learning environments, ideas which are being reinforced in neuroscience today through research into neuroplasticity and the development of neural networks. Research by Susan Greenfield, Uta Frith and Sarah Jane Blakemore further demonstrate that learning and emotions are inextricably linked. The emotional climate that we are able to create is essential for effective learning to take place. Self Science provides a toolkit of approaches for developing personal effectiveness, influence and communication, all skills that will benefit our children and young people. The focus of the programme is therefore to foster greater interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.