We focus on optimising learning through brain development. The key is to understand how the teenage brain works.

BrainCanDo Research Projects

Our life and learning programme is part of a wide networking profile. Sharing our research and knowledge is a vital part of our success.

BrainCanDo Conferences


The use of neuroscience and technology are the way forward in the classroom!

At BrainCanDo we have entered this exciting time and are bridging the gap between neuroscience research and effective learning practices to improve cognitive performance and attainment, foster a love of learning and enable a healthy, productive approach to personal development.


Neuroscience informed strategies improves learning!

Here at BrainCanDo we work with teaching professionals and researchers to create optimum learning conditions. By utilizing the latest findings from educational neuroscience research in the classroom, we continue to empower teachers and students with the knowledge needed to gain the most from their educational experience.

Sharing good practice leads to greater understanding!

Within BrainCanDo we are working with university experts to research, explore, and expand our knowledge of the developing adolescent brain and how best to bring it to life in the classroom.

Latest News

How music can make you smart

The benefits of active music, playing a musical instrumental or singing, and seeing the positive results of practice have been shown to have a link to academic performance with a research project with Goldsmith’s, University of London.


Our research with the University of Reading has demonstrated that self-affirmation in 15 year old girls significantly improves cognitive performance.


*Goldsmiths University – Dr. Daniel Mullensiefen – Music and the Brain

*Reading University – Dr. Daniel Lamport – Self-Affirmation

*Reading University – Dr. Kou Murayama – Motivation Contagion

Recent Events

Pathways from Neuroscience to the Classroom – 2018 conference


Date: Thursday 15 March

We hosted our third annual BrainCanDo Conference and the theme for the day was ‘Pathways from Neuroscience to the Classroom’. Our speakers included Professor Michael Thomas, Dr Dean Burnett and Dr Amy Fancourt, who spoke on behalf of Dr Joni Holmes in her absence. Read all about the day here

Wobbles, Warbles and Fish – the neural basis of Dyslexia

BrainCanDo Dyslexia symposium

Date: Thursday 12 October

Queen Anne’s School hosted the first BrainCanDo Dyslexia Symposium led by John Stein, emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Dept. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

In theory ‘retired’ he still teaches neuroscience to medical and psychology students and his research still focuses on the role of vision and nutrition in the control of movement and behaviour in neurological patients, dyslexics and young offenders.

John doesn’t cook fish; his brother TV fish chef, Rick Stein, doesn’t do neuroscience!

Student Corner

Hear what our students have to say about their experience with BrainCanDo and how it has influenced their learning.

The sixth form assembly on BrainCanDo was useful as it gave me an understanding of how my brain works which I can apply to my revision strategies – Year 10 pupil

BrainCanDo has been really helpful for my school life and general education – Year 8 pupil

“BrainCanDo has helped me with work” – Year 7 pupil

My strategies will help me in the future because I know what I can do to give myself the best chances at success – Sixth form pupil

My best experience with BrainCanDo so far has been the Inspiring Women Conference – Sixth form pupil

Contact Us

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Berkshire, England RG4 6DX

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