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

YouGov report

Learnus occupies a unique place, like no other organisation I know of. It sits right at the intersection between education and neuroscience, constantly seeking new ways to create dialogue, make research practically more relevant, and improve outcomes for all children"

Professor Duncan Astle, Programme Leader, MRC Cognition & Brain Science Unit, University of Cambridge

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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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Understanding Learning: engaging brains and building networks

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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

Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Learnus Schools Award
To mark our tenth anniversary, we are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of an important new initiative: The Learnus Schools Award.  The award includes a Learnus School Award Shield to keep and display.

This award recognises innovative practice in schools that are exploring the practical application of the Science of Learning; schools that personify what Learnus is all about....  applying research in psychology and neuroscience to improve the education of young people.

Learnus visits Kingswood Prep. School in Bath to learn about their successful Science of Learning Programme.

This programme incorporates 3 strands - Educational Neuroscience, Educational Research and Cognitive Psychology


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


Learnus Annual Lecture 2023

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

Speaker Professor Stanislas Deheane, French cognitive neuroscientist.  He holds the Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at Collége 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

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

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.

Visit to CALM

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

Learnus Highlights 2024

Learnus Visits the Blakemore Lab.
University of Cambridge

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.

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


"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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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"

Annual Lecture 2021
Kimberly Noble

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