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Long-term memory, Learning and curriculum design

13th October 2023

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Brain-Based Learning: Integrating Neuroscience into Curriculum Design

Brain-Based Learning: Integrating Neuroscience into Curriculum Design

Understanding the ‘how’ in ‘how we learn’ is core to curriculum design, or intent, and when teaching children – the implementation. We all want children to ‘learn the curriculum’, but what exactly does that mean? How can we get greater impact? And, importantly, how do we do that in the classroom? That is what this course helps you to understand.

You will learn how the brain learns, and see how teaching is not a common sense job that just anyone can do. Effective teaching requires counterintuitive insights and an understanding of some of the fantastic complexities of the human brain.

The relationship between working memory and long-term memory is the most important factor in human cognition. Working memory can only hold so many pieces of information, but the contents of long-term memory massively increase the capacity of working memory.

The transformative effect of education is not that it changes students’ working memory capacity. Education instead changes the amount of knowledge held in long-term memory. The more knowledge held in long-term memory, the easier it is to add more.

This unique and fascinating course, based on John’s forthcoming book of the same title, covers the following – always making the content relatable to school curriculum planning and everyday classroom practice. Oh – and it also provides clear insight into the thinking behind current OFSTED inspections. 

  • Making connections in the brain
  • The types of neural connections that form in long-term memory
  • Working memory
  • Retrieval practice – the best way to strengthen neural links in long-term memory
  • The importance of physical exercise and sleep
  • How to meet the learning needs of all learners
  • Cognitive load theory – and overload
  • Active learning
  • The declarative and procedural memory systems
  • Different forms of knowledge – what is the difference between knowledge and skills?
  • Direct instruction and scaffolding
  • Spacing, spaced repetition and interleaving
  • Schemas – a student’s set of neural links related to a specific topic or concept
  • Dopamine – the brain’s reward system
  • Behaviour and habits
  • Effective planning – learning intentions, goals, competencies, outcomes, targets, and more

Suitable for all phases and schools:

  • Headteachers/Principals
  • Senior Leaders
  • Middle leaders and subject leaders
  • Heads of Department
  • Curriculum leaders
  • Teachers
  • Governors

9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Excellent course- highly recommend to every teacher and school leader! This training should be a key part of the teacher training process and should be at the forefront of all curriculum design and lesson planning. John was clear and the content was carefully planned. We have come away very motivated and ready to embed this research into all we do at school.

Ania Kennedy St Mark's Primary Long-term memory, learning and curriculum 16/06/2023

Excellent course – superb research, explanations and engagement given from John Musgrave Bolanos. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have already found it useful developing strategies for our Academy moving forward.

Hayley Moohan Longfield Academy Long-term memory, learning and curriculum 16/06/2023


13th October 2023
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Course leader

John Musgrave Bolanos

  • Experienced Headteacher – NPQH (2006)
  • 26+ years education experience – teaching and leadership
  • Data analyst
  • Languages advisor
  • EYFS/Primary/Secondary/16-19 advisor
  • Change management consultant
  • Curriculum specialist
  • School governor 25 years
  • Safeguarding specialist
  • Experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Autism curriculum designer – Engagement Model
  • Inclusion and SEND specialist

Click here to find out more about John’s experience and the training opportunities he provides.

JMB Education John

If you are interested in any of our courses as a twilight meeting, INSET or staff meetings for your school, please get in touch – contact john@jmbeducation.com for details.

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