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The role of memory, knowledge and understanding in learning

How the process of learning occurs in the brain and the relationship between memory, understanding and knowledge

Working memory and its role in teaching and learning

The key features of long-term and working memory and how they work together as part of the learning process.

An introduction to cognitive load theory

The implications of cognitive load theory for learning, and how to design instruction to minimise cognitive load and maximise learning.

Retrieval practice and its benefits for long-term learning

Retrieval practice is a learning strategy designed to promote consolidation of knowledge through recall over time.

Spaced practice and its role in supporting learning and retention

Spaced or distributed practice is a pedagogical strategy based on cognitive principles of memory formation.

Supporting students to develop effective study skills

A guide to help teachers support their students to develop good study habits, use effective learning strategies, and stay motivated while working independently.

The brain, emotions and learning

An introduction to role of the emotions in the cognitive process of learning.


Schools webinar: Powerful teaching – Unleash the Science of Learning in your classroom

Patrice Bain shares the valuable experience she has gained from working with cognitive scientists over the past fifteen years

EBE information webinar: Assessment Lead and Science of Learning Programmes

View this online session with Professor Stuart Kime and current participants to learn more about the Assessment Lead and Science of Learning year-long programmes

Webinar: Movement for learning – supporting children’s physical development from ages 0-7

Exploring the role movement plays in child development and how teachers can support children to be develop gross and fine motor skills

Schools webinar: Increasing Year 9 and 10 students’ engagement and motivation in STEM subjects

Discover how two teachers used real-world problems drawn from their local community to engage students in collaborative problem-solving

Schools webinar: Increasing akonga oral language confidence and competence – a whole school professional learning approach

Trudi Browne and Nic Rickard from Burnside School present this webinar, and discuss how a collaborative, whole school approach to oral language professional learning led to significant changes in akonga oral communication confidence and competence.

Schools webinar: Classroom Management – creating a positive and productive learning environment

Heather Peshak George explores what research says about the strategies, practices and approaches to classroom and behaviour management that promote positive and productive learning environments.

Schools webinar: What is learning by scientific design?

Benjamin Riley, the founder of Deans for Impact, explores how teachers can design learning experiences for students rooted in scientific insight

Schools webinar: Learning trajectory – from shallow to deep to transfer

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath explores how humans take in, embody, and utilize new information and ideas

"Your work is valuable and education is lucky to have your insight, knowledge and courage to try something new. I have found the research that you put up on the Education Hub page very interesting. It is generating a lot of discussion and thought in our staffroom."

Suzanne, Year 3-4 teacher


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A brief introduction to memory

A brief introduction to how memory works and its importance to teaching and learning


Learning and our emotions infographic

Discover the ways our emotions affect our learning, and how to design the classroom with emotions in mind

Memory infographic

Learn how different levels of memory are developed and what influences how we retain information
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