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How to boost your pupils' memory skills

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Developing an effective working memory can go a long way to helping students achieve their potential in exams and wider school life. Sal McKeown looks at how some schools are promoting good memory skills.

In 2011, Rochester Grammar School in Kent was the top performing state school for the International Baccalaureate in England. 

It is also consistently among the schools with the best GCSE and A/AS level results in the South East. It is a leading Thinking Foundation School, working with Exeter University. The school works closely with Learning Performance, a business that runs workshops and training sessions for schools, and competes regularly in the UK Schools Memory Championships.

The senior management team sees good memory as one of the cornerstones of academic success and induction for new staff includes training in memory techniques. 

“Memory improvement should be a main feature of your lessons,” they are told, “whether they are content or skills-based. The memory is like a muscle, you need to use it and make it stronger. Changes towards a more linear curriculum make this even more important.”

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