Intellectual Podcast №4

The Teaching Instinct: Effective Pedagogy for Young children in Homes and Schools


We are honoured to present the Intellectual Podcast issue by Dominic Wyse produced with the help of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy.

Dominic Wyse is the Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University College London (UCL), Institute of Education (IOE), the Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy and the President of the British Educational Research Association. Professor Wyse has been an invited expert featuring in media including BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio Four Today, the Times Educational Supplement, the Guardian, The Economist, and the Times.

Professor Wyse’s book “Becoming a primary school teacher” is translated into the Kazakh and Russian languages and is used for initial preparation of primary school teachers in Kazakhstan.

Current events worldwide have re-emphasised the importance of education to society. Parents have found themselves required to educate their children at home with the support of primary schools and some early years settings. Subsequently the need for ‘catch up’ and concerns about educational progress of children from deprived backgrounds were expressed. The global pandemic brought into focus the capacity of parents to support their children’s education and the capacity of formal education settings to work in partnership with parents.

Professor Wyse argues that evidence-based memorable principles for pedagogy can help parents and teachers in ensuring high quality education. The first pedagogical principle is related to oral language which is at the heart of nearly all learning. The podcast addresses 12 principles that have been developed by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years).