Tougher Minds Head of Education Andrew Foster was among the contributors at a recent event, aimed at increasing access to elite University places, for pupils from non-privileged backgrounds.

The event was organised by leading education charity, the Sutton Trust and was staged at King’s College, London. Foster led a series of sessions which focussed on Tougher Minds proven methods of developing key mental skills and attributes to improve performance in all aspects of life, including education.

The attendees at the free-to-access Sutton Trust Summer Schools were 16 and 17 year olds from sections of society, which are traditionally under represented among those gaining elite University places. The overall objective was to equip them with the knowledge and insight to make high quality applications to these institutions.

Andrew Foster said: “The sessions gave an overview of some of Tougher Minds’ core messages: the neuroscience of learning, concentration and motivation and how they relate to resilience.

Andrew Foster, head of education.

“It was great to have the opportunity to help these young people understand why it is so often difficult to get ourselves in the moment to pursue our long-term goals.”

Foster added: “Aspiration is vital but without the insight as to how our brains work and why we end up doing so many counterproductive and counterintuitive things, ambitions are likely to remain largely unfulfilled.

“The Tougher Minds programme equips people with that insight, and with simple yet highly effective techniques that enable them to do more of what they want, rather than what they would otherwise do. That is why I and many others consider it the education intervention with the greatest positive impact.”

The King’s College London Sutton Trust Summer School was created to offer students the opportunity to experience study and life at a world class university. Young people are also given an insight into the day to day life of a student, be challenged academically and take advantage of the unique cultural experiences London has to offer.

Tougher Minds provides a range of education programmes, which have been shown to improve grades, learning, homework, concentration and exam performance.

The Tougher Minds Personal Change Management (PBM) programme, which explicitly teaches self-control and resilience for improved academic and personal performance was voted 2014 Education initiative of the year at the Independent School Awards.

To learn more about Tougher Minds programmed for education and schools, click here.

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