Entries by Amy Fancourt

Generation ZZZ: BrainCanDo in The Times

As a part of the BrainCanDo programme, Queen Anne’s School have been doing some research into biological rhythms and sleep. All that we have learned suggests that the way the school day is currently organised runs counter to the biological rhythms governing our teenagers. For one week only, from Monday 18 June until Friday 22 June, the […]

QUEEN ANNE’S STUDENTS SHARE IDEA FOR A GRATITUDE APP WITH HARVARD UNIVERSITY

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 […]

QUEEN ANNE’S STUDENTS VISIT THE READING UNIVERSITY NEUROSCIENCE CENTRE

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 […]

The Brain of a Professional Musician

‘Anatomists today would be hard put to identify the brain of a visual artist, a writer or a mathematician – but they would recognize the brain of a professional musician without a moment’s hesitation.’ So said, the late neurologist Oliver Sacks. Neuroscientists have known for some time that music has an effect on the brain […]

How can music make you smart?

The benefits of active music – playing a musical instrument or singing – and seeing the positive results of practice have been shown to have a link to academic performance and could have implications for future teaching interventions. Results from a new research project* indicate that there is a chain of relationships that connect academic […]

BrainCanDo in The Sunday Times

Following on from the success of our BrainCanDo Conferences in March, we are delighted to announce that Queen Anne’s have been featured in last weekend’s edition of The Sunday Times, not once but twice! The first article, “Let it rock, girls, and fine-tune your learning”, focuses on the innovative ways that our pupils use music […]