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Through our BrainCanDo programme, Queen Anne’s School will be working in collaboration with scientists from an organisation called ‘Research Schools International’ on a project exploring the impact of gratitude on student wellbeing. Based on previous research, we know that expressing gratitude regularly is linked to overall wellbeing and happiness and so we would like to […]

QAS students at University of Reading brain scanning session


Multiple Queen Anne’s students recently visited Reading University’s research centre. This is all part of opting in to our BrainCanDo research project investigating the dynamics of pupil interactions and the spread of motivation through peer groups. The pictures included here show some of the highlights of Gigi’s (4) experience. A great moment came when Gigi […]


BrainCanDo featured in the Daily Mail

On Monday 27 November BrainCanDo and its Founder, Julia Harrington, featured in the Daily Mail in an article entitled ‘Tell children the benefits of learning rather than reward results, parents urged’. The subject of the discussion was motivation in the adolescent brain and whether by offering children treats or monetary rewards for achievement in academic […]

BrainCanDo, The Times

BrainCanDo featured in The Times newspaper

The ‘Letters to the Editor’ feature of The Times newspaper have featured the thoughts of Queen Anne’s Headmistress, Julia Harrington with a mention of the neurological processes involved with the BrainCanDo programme. The subject of discussion for this piece is ‘Mathematics for girls and the gender pay gap’. See full inclusion below.

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BrainCanDo & Queen Anne’s School feature in Absolutely Education

BrainCanDo and Queen Anne’s School features in Absolutely Education in its Hong Kong and UK editions. Mrs Harrington, founder of BrainCanDo,  was featured talking about the role of neuroscience in understanding teenage behaviour and how, at Queen Anne’s, we encourage our staff and girls to understand the teenage brain, how they work and why they […]

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Queen Anne’s School & BrainCanDo Win TES Award for ‘Outstanding Post-16 Innovative Provision’ in a Secondary School

Queen Anne’s School has won the 2016 TES Independent Schools Award for ‘outstanding post-16 innovative provision’ for its new sixth-form centre which was designed to fulfil the philosophy behind its BrainCanDo educational neuroscience project. Found by the judges to be ‘A superb project to help pupils bridge the gap between being a child and an […]

Charlotte Tomlinson Performance

Performing Under Stress with Charlotte Tomlinson

Queen Anne’s School L5 (Year 10)  Music GCSE students were given a wonderful opportunity recently to learn about performance under stress by professional pianist and performance coach Charlotte Tomlinson. They were introduced to a number of different topics, including information about nerves, how to manage them, how they show themselves, and how to understand how […]