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Wellcome Trust & EEF Project: Can neuroscience improve teaching and learning

last modified Jun 02, 2015 11:59 AM
In October 2014, the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) announced the launch of six projects to investigate a variety of ways in which neuroscience might improve teaching and learning in the UK. Thousands of pupils across England will take part in a series of randomised controlled trials after the funding bodies identified a need for more robust evidence about how neuroscience relates to learning in order to support teachers and schools keen to use the science. The six projects have been awarded grants totalling almost £4 million. In addition, funding will be provided to ensure the rigorous and independent evaluation of all the projects.


We are delighted to report that GraphoGame Rime is one of six projects chosen by the Wellcome Trust and EEF for research into neuroscience and education.

Led by Professor Usha Goswami, Director of the CNE, and supported by Co-Applicants Dr Vicky Leong (Lucy Cavendish College), Mary Anne Wolpert (Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Education), Helen Phelan (Principal Educational Psychologist, Cambridgeshire Community Educational Psychology Service), the project will look at how developing phonological awareness through 'rhyme analogy', using the GraphoGame Rime computer game, can affect how children learn to read.


Details of the other projects selected are available from

If you are interested in becoming involved, the following project is still recruiting schools nationwide (June 2015):

Testing the impact of later start times and a sleep education programme on pupil attainment. To find out more contact