The big debate is only just starting about the application of neuroscientific advances to the classroom. This is a useful paper from The Royal Society on the subject and well worth a read. For example it says, categorically, that:

‘Resilience, our adaptive response to stress and adversity, can be built up through education with lifelong effects into old age.’

Match that with the PISA research from a few weeks ago about how resilience matches up with achievement in children from poorer backgrounds around the world and you see that we can teach children the predispositions they need in order to succeed. But not if all we do is teach them science or maths or kings and queens…

I wonder of Gove – or any of them – have sat down with a neuroscientist and discussed the nature of achievement at neural level…?