The Festival of Education 2016

Education, Memory, Revision, Study Skills, Teaching and Learning


1The Festival of Education was a HUGE success again this year, attracting teachers, students and educational professionals from all round the country to the beautiful Wellington College for another action-packed two days. You can check out videos from The Telegraph’s event on the Festival’s YouTube page here.

We were absolutely delighted to be an exhibitor at the event, along with the likes of Schools Week, Microsoft and BBC Learning. We met some incredible individuals who were all there to help improve the lives of our country’s young people.6

There was plenty to do at the festival, from holding reptiles, to circus skills, to watching the great performances going on outside. This was all topped off with an array of talks from influential speakers such as Rory Bremner, Germaine Greer and Piers Morgan, to name but a few.There were so many people coming over to us throughout the festival explaining how they were excited about our MD, Carrie Starbuck speaking on both days of the festival about Memory Matters. 52 attendees squeezed into a small classroom to watch Carrie talk on the Thursday, and Friday’s session w2as the busiest speech of the day in that room. It smashed our expectations! You can find out more about Carrie’s motivational talk here, where she has also uploaded the slides and transcript.

Overall, the festival was AWESOME and we would like to say a huge thank you to the The Telegraph for asking us to participate again!


We’d also like to say a massive thank you to the teachers, students and educational professionals we got to meet – We came away truly inspired.

We can’t wait to see what next year has to bring!



Growth Mindset: Walk the Talk

Education, Memory, Mindset, Motivation, Teaching and Learning

I have been to a fair few terrible CPD days in my teaching career. One of the worst I wrote about here and the best by far were ResearchED and the Education Festival.

ResearchED and the Festival of Education are head and shoulders above the rest because sessions were practical and actionable. I left inspired, full of ideas that I could implement the very next day in the classroom. That is the mark of truly great CPD.

When the Growth Mindset philosophy exploded into schools I was ecstatic. I had seen firsthand the impact having such an approach to teaching and learning can have in a stellar PRU I taught in. I had also grown up surrounded by it, at LPT my parents had been advocating the philosophy for decades and it is at the core of every programme we design.

I would be lying to you if I didn’t confess I was dubious too. Growth Mindset is marvellous, but incredibly difficult to make tangible. As a result, it is easy to fall into the meaningless “you can achieve anything” band camp. An excellent, heart – felt mantra, that ultimately does little to help young people grow.

Yes, any child can achieve anything but only with a bucket – load of hard work, the ability to bounce – back, to learn, develop and grow from life’s inevitable hard lessons of rejection, obstacles, and negativity.


This is the score used in rehearsals by a well known soprano. 10% genius, 90% hard work. Shared by @fimetic on Twitter.

That is no easy task, and one assembly on having a Growth Mindset isn’t going to cut it. Children need to be equipped with practical strategies. Teachers need to be open about their own mindset (we are human after all!) and above all, know how they can implement the Growth Mindset philosophy in their classroom and school.

That is why I wrote Growth Mindset: Walk the Talk – a practical CPD programme that aims to make the philosophy tangible and actionable by focusing on ideas, techniques, research and case studies.

It’s had such a great demand from schools that I’m thrilled to be running the event at King’s College London on Friday 1st July 2016. Tickets are extremely limited (we only have a few left!) so book here

I look forward to meeting you!

Carrie Signature 2016

Part 5 of the Philosophy of Memory: Review It

Creativity, Exams, Memory, Revision, Study Skills, Teaching and Learning

This step is the most important of all. Reviewing work regularly strengthens the neural connections making memories stronger. This means you can recall information easily when it matters, most in the exam.

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This graph shows what is happening to those neural connections with each review you do. We call it the Review Philosophy which is based on scientific evidence of how the brain learns and recalls information, otherwise knows as distributed practice.

Following the Review Philosophy means reviewing revision notes for ten minutes around ten minutes after writing them. A day later you review them for five minutes. A week later you review them for between two and five minutes, and the same again a month later.

Essentially, reviewing a subject in small chunks, several times in short bursts, has a far greater impact than cramming three hours before the exam.

You can download our free guide to creating a revision timetable based on the review philosophy here.

Part 4 – Unleash Your Imagination

Creativity, Education, Exams, Memory, Revision, Study Skills, Teacher Resources, Teaching and Learning

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Yes, really. You can improve how you learn, remember and recall information by unleashing your imagination. The crazy, absurd visual story you used to remember the key dates of WWII has created stronger links between neurons making it easier for your brain to recall the information when you need it most, in the exam.

So go wild, enjoy using your imagination and creativity to make learning easier.


Philosophy of Memory Step 3: Link it together!

Creativity, Education, Exams, History, Learning, Memory, Mindset, Revision, Study Skills, Teacher Resources, Teaching and Learning

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Capturing the brain’s love of imagination and logic is a powerful way to learn. Creating a whacky story, a mnemonic, a memory palace or a number system (to name a few) is an efficient and effective way to learn.

These techniques are particularly great for lists, processes, dates, formulas, and people. But what about entire topics?

Breaking down the huge information into key points e.g. Theme, Main Idea and Details, is vital. Then you can turn it into something creative, logical and most importantly, memorable with Mind Maps. Here is an example!

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The Philosophy of Memory Part 2; Mindset

Creativity, Education, Exams, Memory, Mindset, Motivation, Revision, Study Skills, Teaching and Learning

Henry Ford’s, “If you think you can or you think can’t, you’re right,” is the lifeblood running through all our programmes for young people. So much so, it’s part 2 of our Philosophy of Memory!

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Mindset and self – belief is vital. Memory techniques is a big part of this as they demonstrate the brain’s plasticity – it can develop and grow. Intelligence is not fixed.

Often during our workshops students are amazed at just how much they can recall when they use a technique. Their mindset is transformed from “There’s no way I can remember all that,” to “I can do it!”

Getting rid of that little fixed voice that whispers, “you can’t do this,” is one step towards conquering all those obstacles that stop pupils achieving.

You got this.


UK Schools Memory Championships 2015

Education, Learning, Learning Performance, Memory

The UK Schools Memory Championships has established an enviable reputation for helping students acquire powerful mental skills to improve both learning and self-confidence. In 2014, for the first time in its seven-year history, the final was televised on UKTV channel Watch, where George Watts was crowned Memory Slam 2015 champion!

Last year, the UK Schools Memory Championships moved online and was open to all schools, ages and abilities.

After receiving high scoring test papers from over 200 students from schools across the UK, we are delighted to announce that the 2015 UK Schools Memory Champion is..


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Watch this space, as we will soon be opening and taking entries for the 2016 UK Schools Memory Championships. Could a student at your school be the next champion?