Greater attention to how neuroscience impacts on education will go a long way towards improving outcomes for all learners, and it won't cost the earth. Teachers need to know what works in the classroom and are often disappointed not to find solutions, but creating professional dialogue based on the findings from recent research can empower teachers and help learners to understand their own learning. One strategy is to create an Action Research project within the school. Initiatives can be driven through careful planning, implementation and evaluation based on what we know about the brain. Keeping an eye out for research projects from cognition and learning departments or making contact with schools at the forefront of cognitive learning are also ways to keep informed.
Lisa Low, Head of lower school in London and Independent Association of Prep Schools subject leader for learning.