Communicating research to support the evolution of teaching

“Given the recent report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies that there has been no improvement in school attainment gap in England for over 20 years, it is clearly urgent for educators to look at new ways of enhancing the teaching and learning experience in this country. Educational Neuroscience, the study of how the brain learns, is logically one of the new ways.  This survey carried out on behalf of Learnus by YouGov shows the increasing interest teachers have in Educational Neuroscience.” Richard Newton-Chance Chair of the Learnus Council

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"Education is concerned with enhancing learning, and neuroscience is concerned with understanding the mechanisms of learning.  It seems only logical that one should inform the other". 

Dame Professor Uta Frith Developmental Psychologist UCL. Patron of the National Forum for Neuroscience and Special Education

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The first volume to bring together the latest knowledge on educational neuroscience from a life-span perspective, this important text offers state of the art, authoritative research findings before providing evidence-based recommendations for classroom practice.


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Educational Neuroscience: Why Is Neuroscience Relevant to Education?

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Neuroscience and Education: Potential for the classroom
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This 4 part course can be used as a starter or as a refresher, a complete maths course, for anyone who follows the GCSE syllabus.

Deeper Understanding

Educational neuroscience draws evidence from several fields of study to deepen our understanding of  learning and teaching and debunk some ‘neuromyths’.

Educationalists Professor Derek Bell and Richard Newton Chance explain the latest thinking about thinking.

ASCL's Leader Magazine 2019



Presentation given by
Kaśka Porayska-Pomsta. Professor of Artificial Intelligence in Education.



Learnus presented its "FutureEd23" Conference in London in June 2023. At the conference the speakers addressed the question "What is the place of educational neuroscience in teacher education with particular reference to the Early Careers Framework".

Michael Thomas Slides
Paul Howard-Jones & Kendra McMahon Slides
Duncan Astle Slides
Peter Mather, Cara Carey & Jeremy Dudman-Jones Slides

Prof. Derek Bell - Report

Learnus visits the Attention, Brain & Cognitive Development (ABCD) Lab, part of University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology Division.

The Learnus Mission Statement

Learnus is at the forefront of supporting the engagement and dialogue between educators and researchers working in the field of educational neuroscience that can realise huge potential for the classroom.

"Beyond retrieval to richer forms of consolidating
knowledge and strengthening learning"

Prof. Derek Bell & DR Kendra McMahon


Annual Lecture 2022

Slides from the lecture
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Professor Sue Fletcher-Watson
Professor of Developmental Psychology; University of Edinburgh

"Neurodiversity: acceptance and affirmation
in the classroom."

Visit to the Toddler Lab

Learnus vists the Toddler Lab, the Wordld's first dedicated centre, where researchers use cutting edge  wearing tech. to see how toddlers' brains develop.

Prof. Michael Thomas

"What do teachers need to know about neuroscience anyway?"

Webinar given by Michael Thomas, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck University and Director of the Centre  for Educational  Neuroscience.  September 2022

Visit to CALM

Learnus visits the Centre for  Attention Learning and Memory (CALM) lab at the University of Cambridge

Annual Lecture 2021
Kimberly Noble

Dr Valerie Muter

Clinical and Research Psychologist




Educators and Maths Anxiety -4 Nov 2021

Learnus Webinar
Dr Duncan Astle & Prof Anne-Laura van Harmelen

"Resilient Schools?"

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Learnus Webinar
Professor Tamsin Ford CBE

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

The Inter-Relationship of Mental Health and Education

Learnus Webinar
Denis Mareschal

Professor of Psychology in the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck College and Project Leader of the UnLocke Project and Professor Derek Bell, Director of Learnus and Co-Investigator of the UnLocke Project.

Stop and Think
Learning counter-intuitive concepts in primary maths and science

"Longitudinal increases in childhood depression symptoms during the COVID-19 lockdown”

Annual Lecture 2020
Professor Denis Mareschal

Professor of Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London

"From Neuroscientific theories to effective practice in the classroom - lessons from the UnLocke primary maths and science intervention trial"

Steve Baker OBE & Mick Simpson

A School without Sanctions

Reducing confrontation is an ongoing challenge but the decision to abolish sanctions in a school is a far thornier issue. Punishment has been the basis of systems of justice throughout history and across cultures, acting variously as deterrent, a tool for reform and a vehicle for individual and societal retribution.

Interview with Prof. Denis Mareschal

Professor of Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development,  School of Psychology, Birkbeck College interviewed London Feb. 2020

Prof. Iroise Dumontheil

Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience
interviewed in London - December 2019


Dr Duncan Astle
Programme Leader at The
Medical Research Council's
Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit,
University of Cambridge

Professor Sophie Scott

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Speech Communication Leader, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London


Prof. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Professor of Cognitive
Neuroscience, Deputy
Director UCL Institute of
Cognitive Neuroscience.

Prof. Michael Thomas

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London, Director of the University of London Centre for Educational Neuroscience

Prof. Daniel Ansari

Professor of Psychology,
Dept, of Psychology and
Brain and Mind Institute,
Western University

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Socioeconomic Status (SES)
Professor Michael Thomas

Understanding Learning: engaging brains and building networks

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