Pip Block: Neuroplasticity and the Science of Learning

Pip arrived in New Zealand in 2002 after teaching in UK for 10 years where she was Dean and Head of 2 departments. Upon arrival in Auckland, she took the Dean of Years 9 & 10 at Glendowie College and then spent 5 years as a Life Education Trust Educator in Central Auckland visiting 22 schools each year delivering an anti-drug and alcohol program to intermediate-aged students.

Pip began teaching at an Independent Auckland school - Saint Kentigern Boys’ School - in 2010 as Head of House and Senior School curriculum teacher. Her passion to help students learn led her to her current field of work in  neuroplasticity, in which she has been involved for almost 10 years. An opportunity to teach the Arrowsmith Program at the Boys’ School saw Pip establish the program at the Boys’ School with huge success.

After 5 years in the position and with much support from colleagues, Pip founded her own school, A1 Student School in Auckland with 9 full time students, 9 part time students and one additional staff member.

Today A1 Student School has grown to 23 full-time students and 30 part-time students aged 7 to 60, with 8 staff in Auckland and Christchurch.


Neuroplasticity and the Science of Learning

If all schools incorporated an element of Cognitive exercises, there would be fewer social issues, fewer employment issues, improved mental health, improved self-confidence, increased independence and improved learning. This would lead to increased social and emotional well-being and increased academic and career success. Optimising each student’s capacity to learn will improve their academic and personal achievements so they can unlock their full potential. This could be a deciding factor for families choosing the best school for their child. This presentation explores how all schools could benefit from incorporating cognitive exercises into their regular


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