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Improving pupils’ memory

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Children with poor working memory can be a barrier to achievement and a particular challenge for teachers. Sal McKeown looks at how some schools are tackling the problem

If you were standing in front of the house, how would you be feeling? Think about what you could see. How would you react?”

Oliver struggles with this stimulus activity. He doesn’t know what to do first and as he is processing the ideas, the teacher tells the class they should work in pairs.

He looks round to find a suitable buddy, has to move seats, realises he needs his pen, goes back to collect it and then forgets what he is doing. Oliver is one of a group of children to be found in virtually every classroom: a child with poor working memory.

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