The Learning Skills Foundation aims to help children reach their full potential by identifying,supporting and promoting effective learning skills of all kinds.
We believe ‘How to learn’ is just as important as ‘What to learn'.
Learning Skills Foundation Lecture Series and Debates.
The Foundation’s independent status enables the organisation to offer leading academics the opportunity to advance views and opinions about the state of education and how it could improve in the future, encouraging discussion and debate. The Foundation will, from time to time, link with other organisations to promote lectures.
Over the past two years the LSF has worked with CEN (Centre for Educational Neuroscience) on a series of important lectures given by their leading neuroscientists. The LSF continues to work with CEN and is committed to bringing their important work to the attention of all who are involved in education.
Learning Skills Research Ltd (Registered Charity Number: 1124064)
Through our Charity, Learning Skills Foundation Research, we aim to raise funds for academic research (commissioned through Universities) that is related to the discovery and development of learning techniques. The first such project to be funded by Learning Skills Foundation Research is a three year project on Literacy Development conducted by Aston University.
The Foundation has set up a publishing arm which supports authors whose books focus on learning techniques. LSF Publishing acts as a literary agent securing publishing deals with major trade publishers.
The folowing books have come through LSF Publishing (acting as agents):
"Help Your Child Succeed at School" (Hodder - Teach Yourself).
"Number Training Your Brain" (Hodder - Teach Yourself)
"Brilliant Memory Traing" (Pearson)
"How to Improve Your Memory for Study" (Pearson)
In some instances LSF Publishing will act as the publisher. The following are some of the books published by LSF Publishing:
"Why Educate?" A book based on the LSF Lecture Series 2008 has been published in association with The Independent as a free downloadable publication from The Independent’s website. Go to www.independent.co.uk/learningskillsfoundation The Speakers were: Professor David Hargreaves, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor David Hopkins and Professor Alison Wolf.
"Agenda for Change" A book based on the LSF Lecture 2010 has been published in association with The Independent as a free downloadable publication from The Independent’s website. Go to: http://tiny.cc/g42ov The speakers were Professor James Tooley and Amanda Spielman.
"How to Educate?" This book is based on another LSF Lecture Series. The Speakers were: Dr Jonathan Solity, Professor Richard Pring and Professor David Hargreaves. This book will be published in association with The Independent as a free downloadable publication from The Independent’s website. Publication date will be posted on this website in due course.
Developing Memory Skills at Schools
The Learning Skills Foundation has funded and established the Junior Memory Championship™ an important nationwide educational initiative, now in its fifth year, bringing valuable memory skills to primary school children of 10 and 11 years of age. Participating schools are provided with a wealth of lesson plans, video clips, INSET packs and training materials with which to teach their children. The Founder is Jonathan Hancock, a former World Memory Champion and now a Primary School teacher. The Junior Memory Championship is an annual competition. Through its Junior Memory Club® school children are able to access memory games, puzzles, tricks and challenges. www.juniormemorychampionship.com
The Learning Skills Foundation has also funded and established the Junior Memory Challenge®. This project is for primary school children of 8 and 9 years old and introduces them to basic memory skills. For more information go to www.juniormemorychampionship.com
Through these two nationwide schools projects, The Learning Skills Foundation is bringing memory techniques to the frontline of learning.
The Foundation runs in-school Memory Days - Tailor-made Memory Days for primary schools. Jonathan Hancock, Founder of the Junior Memory Championship spends a day in your school, showing children, teachers and parents the power of creative memory techniques.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to book.
OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
The Learning Skills Foundation aims to work closely with a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations already working in this field, to provide a platform for high level debate and discussion around the many issues about which we share concern and to promote our findings to key decision makers at all levels of Government, local government and within the private and voluntary sectors.