Communicating research to support the evolution of teaching

The BiG Project

A Centre for Educational Neuroscience and Learnus Collaboration


“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

“In September 2023, Learnus council member Michael Thomas attended a meeting of the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on Artificial Intelligence at the House of Lords, convened to discuss the potential impact (for better or worse) of generative artificial intelligence on education”.


Learnus Council Member, Jeremy Dudman-Jones

explores the brain and how it learns with 200 students at Ruislip High School

Neuroscience and Education: Potential for the classroom
Free Presentation for teachers & Students

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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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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


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"

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

Learnus Annual Lecture 2023

"How we learn: Why brains learn better than any machine.... for now".

Professor Stanislas Dehaene
President of the French Scientific Council for Education and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at Collège de France in Paris.




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

Webinar with Dr Sue Gifford

Maths in the Early Years Foundation Stage- what are the priorities for our youngest learners?


Learnus visits The Blakemore Lab at the University of Cambridge in the UK

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Her group’s research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making in the human adolescent brain.

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

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.

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

Prof. Derek Bell & DR Kendra McMahon


Annual Lecture 2022

"Neurodiversity: acceptance and affirmation
in the classroom."

Slides from the lecture
Powerpoint / PDF

Professor Sue Fletcher-Watson
Professor of Developmental Psychology; University of Edinburgh

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.

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?"

Slides 1       Slides 2

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

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

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.

Interview with Prof. Denis Mareschal

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

Prof. Iroise Dumontheil

Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience
interviewed in London


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

Understanding Learning: engaging brains and building networks

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The Learnus Blog (www.learnusblog.co.uk) a new initiative from Learnus.

This is a new kind of blog.  Its focus is to consider how research could inform education tomorrow rather than how it is at the moment.  To this end, we are publishing blogs from both teachers and researchers, so that both can communicate their views and points of contact can be found.

We encourage you to consider how you would like to see the shape of education research in the future and we look forward to hearing your views. Our publication guidelines can be found here.

We hope you will enjoy visiting the Learnus Blog site. Your comments and suggestions will always be welcome. We would very much appreciate you passing this information on to fellow teachers and researchers and retweeting the tweets that are going out. You can find us on Twitter here: @LearnusUK

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Presentation on The Brain and Learning in China (2019)

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