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   Five years ago Julia Harrington, headmistress of Queen Anne’s School, started an educational neuroscience programme
she called BrainCanDo.
  ‘I did so, because while advances
in neuroscience have discovered more and more about how the
brain develops and what stimulates or depresses young minds, this knowledge was not  ltering through to schools and teachers. I believe that how young people deal with the pressures of adolescence and early adulthood is as important as the way they learn.
‘Technology has given neuroscientists access to the working brain which has helped to explain many of its cognitive functions. I believe that the knowledge we have gained through these developments could – no, should! – be fed into the education system and translated into programmes for schools.
‘Marking the  fth year of BrainCanDo, Queen Anne’s is holding a one-day CPD-accredited conference on Thursday 15 March for directors of teaching and learning, teachers, educationalists, parents, psychologists, academics, and everyone interested in the
development of the teenage brain and how a better understanding of it can transform teaching and learning.
‘We work with universities to
bring together the latest  ndings
in neuroscience and psychology
to build an evidence-informed educational practice,’ says Mrs Harrington. ‘Unlike so many other programmes in this area, we take these  ndings and apply them in the classroom, the sports  eld, the boarding house and the playground to create the best possible educational experience for both teachers and pupils.’
Research programmes include:
• How music can make you smarter
• The impact of emotional contagion on motivation to learn
• The role of self-af rmation in cognitive task performance
• How memory works
• How to understand and work with stress
• Understanding biological rhythms and the science of sleep
As well as updates from the current university research collaborators
at University of Reading and Goldsmith’s, University of London, the conference will include presentations from:
• Professor Michael Thomas, Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience at Birkbeck University, London
• Dr Dean Burnett, neuroscientist at the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical
Neurosciences at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University (and stand-up comedian)
• Dr Joni Holmes, Head of the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory at the Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge
and panel sessions led by Jonnie Noakes, Director of the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College.
Queen Anne’s School is an independent day and boarding school for girls, and part of the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation and the United Westminster Schools Foundation.
CPD-accredited one-day conference 15 March 2018
    Thursday 15 March 2018, 9.15 am to 16.00 pm
Queen Anne’s School, Henley Road, Caversham, Berkshire RG4 6DX Tickets (£60) can be booked through the BrainCanDo website ( or by calling 0118 918 7343
or emailing
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Pathways from neuroscience to the classroom

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