Arrowsmith offers smart students, who experience difficulties in academic learning such as spelling, reading, maths or executive functioning, a different path to try and overcome them.

Arrowsmith at BBC

Brisbane Boys’ College is one of 90 organisations worldwide, and one of only six in Queensland to offer the Arrowsmith Program.

Since 2016, the implementation of the Program has seen Brisbane Boys’ College students work closely with specialised teachers on targeted cognitive exercises to aid and strengthen the core skills that underpin their learning.

The program is run by dedicated staff, trained specifically in the areas of education and neuroplasticity. It is delivered in an environment conducive to supporting boys to develop the cognitive tools required to become effective, confident and self-directed learners.

At Brisbane Boys’ College we believe that resilience and passion drive independent thinking. Our approach is guided by our desire to help boys discover who they are and how they learn. We encourage and support our students to explore their purpose in life as they develop the confidence and capability to change the world.

Since participating in the Arrowsmith Program at BBC students have shown:

  • Improvements in memory for instructions and facts. 
  • Improvements in reasoning and the ability to link ideas and present logical arguments.
  • Improvements in vocabulary, reading, comprehension and maths.
  • Increased interest in class and the ability to ask questions rather than keep quiet during lessons.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.


What is the Arrowsmith Program?

The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of neuroscience research and the premise that it is possible to address a range of learning roadblocks by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. Barbara Arrowsmith Young is the Director of the Arrowsmith School and the international best selling author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain. Click here to learn more about the Arrowsmith program and Barbara’s story.

Understanding Neuroplasticity in the learning equation

Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is the brain’s ability to change both its physical structure and its functional organisation in response to training and experience.

The premise of the Arrowsmith Program is that weaker cognitive areas can be strengthened through targeted cognitive exercises, resulting in increased mental capabilities and strengthened learning abilities. Once the difficulty associated with learning is addressed, an individual’s ability to perform complex tasks will also improve. As the brain changes, learning can occur naturally and the roadblocks that impede learning are removed.

For further details on the Arrowsmith program at Brisbane Boys’ College contact Director of Arrowsmith, Caroline Jaremczuk at cjaremczuk@bbc.qld.edu.au. Please leave a contact number and any specific questions you may have regarding the program.