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Teachers need to know how pupils' brains work, scientists say

24/02/2011 Joanna
Scientists at the Royal Society have called for basic neurology to be made part of teacher training courses in the UK.

According to the world-famous institution, a good grounding of 'educational neuroscience', that is what happens in the brain when someone learns something, would be hugely beneficial to both primary and secondary school teachers.

Furthermore, such lessons could help special needs teachers in their work by giving them a good understanding of why some pupils are dyslexic or are affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Commenting, Professor Uta Frith from the Royal Academy explained that education and neuroscience should inform each other.

"Every day we are discovering more and more about how the brain works and if this information can help us to learn more effectively or hone the skills of the workforce, then we should be using it," she said.

Earlier in the month, the Royal Society called for the A-level system to be revamped to ensure more youngsters go on to study science at university level.

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