Monday, 14 May 2018

Nature and nurture in education - new post on BOLD blog

My latest post for the BOLD blog explains what the term heritability means, and what heritability estimates might mean for education.

This was inspired partly by recent news stories reporting heritability estimates, and partly by discussions on the Learning Zone about heritability.

Heritability seems to be surrounded by misunderstandings, which I feel may be stifling important debates about genes in education. In the post I explain what scientists mean when they use this word, and why the science underpinning it may not be exactly what you think.

I believe that with a better understanding of heritability, sensible debates about what we do with this information can proceed.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Precision education part 2 - new post on BOLD blog

I have written a follow up post to my introduction to precision education. In the second post, I consider in more detail what the benefits of a precision education approach to teaching and learning might be.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Precision education - new post on BOLD blog

My latest post on the BOLD blog is all about precision education. In the post I consider what precision education might hold for the future, and briefly what the benefits might be. Watch this space for the next post which will go into more detail about the potential benefits of this approach to teaching and learning.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Educational neuroscience infographic

The Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD) have released a new interactive infographic about educational neuroscience. It introduces the concept of educational neuroscience and describes the challenges, criticisms, and goals of the field.

Check it out here!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Neuroscience, psychology and education: Emerging links

I'm really excited to have a new article out, co-written with Professor Michael Thomas. The article appears in Impact, a journal from the Chartered College of Teaching, made for teachers.

The whole issue is dedicated the science of learning, and covers a host of topics including retrieval practice, sleep, mindsets, and mindfulness. Some of the articles are freely available online, and a copy of this issue has been sent to every school in the country, so look out for it teachers!

Our article gives an overview of educational neuroscience, with discussion of the challenges faced by the field, and some examples of how neuroscience research might relate to education. Read it for free here.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Researchers and teachers discuss the science of learning

Calling all teachers – check out the Science of Learning Zone and speak to researchers about the latest scientific findings.

The Wellcome Trust funded Science of Learning Zone is a place for researchers and educators to discuss the science of learning. The event is running from January until June, and each fortnight features a new set of scientists with expertise in a given topic area.

This fortnight, the topic is Early Development. The Zone features some introductory text for each topic. In Early Development, the text covers the development of reading, writing and basic mathematics skills. The Ask function allows teachers to pose questions to the scientists, and weekly hour-long live chats enable more in depth discussions in a forum style chat.

An easy way to get involved is to simply browse the questions that have already been asked, and read the responses and comments given.


This fantastic event is part of the Wellcome Trust Education and Neuroscience initiative.


This post first appeared on the NPJ Science of Learning community.

Monday, 15 January 2018

The academic disadvantage of being born in the summer

I have written a new blog post for the NPJ Science of Learning community about the academic disadvantage of being born in the summer. Find out what the evidence is and what we could do about it here.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Do our genes determine learning ability?

I have written a new blog post for the npj Science of Learning community about the role of genes in education. You can read the piece here.