While school children are enjoying a well-deserved holiday, Quentin Cooper discusses the use of phonics to teach children to read and looks at the extent to which neuroscience can help inform education policy. He is joined from Cambridge by Usha Goswami and from York by Charles Hulme.
Quentin also finds out how a mathematical approach can help elucidate the historical basis of some of our oldest classical texts. Padraig Mac Carron and Ralph Kenna, join him from Coventry University.
And Alex Kacelnik joins Quentin from Oxford to discuss the question as to whether or not animals have empathy.