Arrowsmith Program®

Marsden saw a need within the community and decided to offer the Arrowsmith Program® which has been successfully running here with a class of 10 students since 2014. Many students have benefited tremendously from the opportunity to participate in this life changing, cognitive training programme. 

Students in the programme work to strengthen specific cognitive areas, which in turn improve their academic learning and their sense of wellbeing and confidence.

Created by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young this special programme helps children and adults overcome a wide range of learning differences. Using principles of neuroplasticity, the programme employs techniques that focus on weak sections of the brain rather than traditional coping skills. All students, gain benefits from the programme but especially those with learning differences like dyslexia, attention deficit issues and auditory processing difficulties. In particular, students with dyslexia have seen huge benefits from doing the programme. Students merely needing a 'boost' to improve their cognitive processing have also enjoyed very pleasing results.

Each year we are able to offer a limited number of part time places (1 - 3 periods a day) or a fulltime programme (4 periods per day).  We also offer 8.00am start periods, which reduce the impact on curriculum subjects. 

If spaces fill, we can put your child’s name on an ‘Expressions of Interest’ list and as spaces become available, we can in turn contact you.There is no financial obligation to place your child on the waiting list.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our Arrowsmith Teacher, Lizzie Coyle at or Jennifer Ioannou, Marsden Primary Director at

If you would like some testimonies about the programme, we can provide details.

There is a solid body of research evidence to support the Arrowsmith Program®. The founder Barbara Arrowsmith-Young has delivered a TEDx talk and has written a fascinating book called 'The Woman Who Changed Her Brain'. For more information on founder Barbara Arrowsmith, visit the Arrowsmith website.