Open Lecture “Is every child ready for school?” 1st May 2014

“Is every child ready for school?  Looking behind the symptoms of under-achievement”

Open Lecture by

Sally Goddard Blythe MSc.

7.15pm 1st May 2014


The Beswick Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester

Entry £5

To reserve a place please telephone 01244 311414 or email

Published: 29th April 2014
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Children over five “wearing nappies in class”

A Sky news investigation published on the 28th April 2014 reported that

“Children are still wearing nappies in class after the age of five in hundreds of schools across the country”,  and that

“Teachers have reported pupils as old as 15 who have no medical conditions or developmental issues, but who are unable to use the toilet on their own”

When asked to comment on these findings, I was asked if parents or nurseries are to blame?

Without access to the data on which the findings are based it is impossible to answer this question, but I can comment on the age of development when children start to become capable of controlling continence  provided they are given sufficient guidance and training.

Advice on time of readiness for potty training varies considerably with family doctors recommending from 18 – 24 months, while some parenting organisations recommend from 27 to 36 months.   Boys tend to be slightly later than girls in gaining control. The process of potty training can take up to 3 months and nocturnal control usually takes longer. Taking these variations into account, children should be potty trained by the time they enter reception class unless there is either a medical, developmental or environmental reason otherwise.

The most common environmental reason is inconsistent training.  Most children, provided they are developmentally ready, will copy others as long as it is made clear to them what they have to do, where they have to do it, and how to recognise the signal or urge to go. This type of instruction is based on associated learning and conditioning and requires consistent attention and behaviour from parents or caregivers during the period of training.

I was also asked whether children prefer nappies and find them more comfortable?  This is not an adequate explanation.  It is more likely that use of disposable nappies is easier for adults to manage and this deficit in otherwise healthy children’s self-care skills is the result of adult behaviour.




Published: 29th April 2014
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Time to ditch the pushchair?

Read this article about the restriction of free movement for babies spending too much time  in buggies, rockers and seats. Written by Alison Coldridge for

Published: 28th April 2014
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Suzanne Zeedyk’s critique on sensational headlines and the facts

Published: 17th April 2014
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

Is every child ready to learn? Public Lecture 1st May 2014

Child with learning difficulties


Is every child ready for school?

Looking beyond the symptoms

Open Lecture

Thursday 1st May 2014 7.15pm

Room CBE013, The Beswick Building. University of Chester. Parkgate Road, Chester.

Admission £5

A growing body of evidence suggests that there is a rise in the number of children starting school with immature motor skills, which hinder their ability to learn and undermine achievement in the classroom

Sally Goddard Blythe, MSc.

Author of seven books on child development including:

 “Attention, Balance and Coordination – the A,B,C of Learning Success”, “What Babies and Children Really Need”, “The INPP Screening test and School Intervention Programme” and a new screening test for clinicians,

will explain how physical development supports learning, emotional functioning and behaviour and how immature motor skills can affect learning and behavior – dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder – and under-achievement

The talk will cover:

  • Signs and symptoms of immature motor skills
  • Links to education and behavior
  • Why some children slip through the  net of professional services
  • What can be done to help

This talk is suitable for:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Health professionals
  • Psychologists

Sally Goddard Blythe is the Director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) in Chester, which was established by Peter Blythe PhD in 1975 to research into the effects of immaturity in the functioning of the nervous system on learning and behavior and to develop systems of assessment and effective remediation.

Sally is the author of several books and numerous articles on child development. She is the author of the INPP Programme for Schools, published by Wiley-Blackwell early in 2012, and a new screening manual for clinicians and health practitioners. She has lectured extensively in different parts of the world including a presentation to a working group on child well-being at the European Parliament.

For further information please visit:

As the number of places is limited, if you would like to reserve a place at this talk please contact INPP on 01244 311414 during normal office hours or

Doors open at 6.30pm

Talk from 7.15 – 8.15pm followed by question time

Published: 14th April 2014
Category: Sally Goddard Blythe

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