The Arrowsmith Program is a worldwide cognitive program that offers students who have high intelligence but unrealised potential, a different pathway to try and overcome difficulties in academic learning such as spelling, reading, maths or executive functioning.

Neuroplasticity in the Classroom

Developed by Barbara Arrowsmith Young, after her own struggles with learning from an early age, the 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.

Exercises are based on the premise of Neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to create and develop new neural pathways, through regularly engaging in challenging cognitive exercises. The principle of Neuroplasticity has also been embedded for decades in medical and sporting fields, with great success.

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Since 2016, the implementation of the Program has seen eligible 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.

BBC boys who have participated in the Arrowsmith Program 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.

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