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Innovative partnerships help build pupils' success

St Louise's principal Mary McHenry, Amazing Brains Founder Roisin McFeeley and year 8 pupils Molly and Clodagh.

AN award-winning social enterprise, dedicated to helping pupils reach their full potential, is hosting open exam preparation sessions.

Amazing Brains has developed a specific `study system' that has been delivered to thousands of young people across Ireland, north and south.

It is designed to maximise the outcome of the time spent by Years 11-14 pupils who are facing exams. Schools that have already invested in the system have all seen a significant upturn in application and motivation of pupils when it comes to revision.

Two Making Study Easy sessions in Belfast this week are open to both GCSE and A-level pupils.

Amazing Brains founder Roisin McFeely hopes these will empower pupils to take control of the exam period.

Ms McFeely said lots of pupils would be extremely well prepared but many would also be feeling helpless, not knowing where to start.

"This session is guaranteed to help those students who struggle to get organised and who just need that extra bit of guidance to give them the confidence, motivation and study strategies to do their best," she said.

"We will help students on the journey from initial conception of study through the process of mapping out content, to creating notes and preparing to maximise marks in the exams. Through this 90-minute practical tutorial, we will empower students and prepare them to take control of their revision."

The Study System has already been in place at St Louise's Comprehensive College in west Belfast since last September.

Principal Mary McHenry said Amazing Brains had added a new dimension to the life and work of the school.

"The use of the Study System throughout all key stages, alongside the training of staff and parents, has developed greater independence, particularly in terms of study," she said.

"This is one of the most creative and innovative packages that we have seen and which taps into the needs and aspirations of all our learners. There is an ease with which it can be used and the effective training model delivered by Amazing Brains allows for focused implementation."

Ms McFeely said the St Louise's relationship was an example of how partnership worked in education.

"We believe that pupils thrive when all of their support structures work together. That means teachers, peers, parents and our support staff. We tend to see that schools who engage Amazing Brains once, do so on an ongoing partnership basis thereafter," she said.

"We are a social enterprise and that means we are always dedicated to reinvesting in our research and our programme design for the ultimate benefit of students. It is a pupil-first approach."

:: The Making Study Easy sessions will take place in the Balmoral Hotel, on Thursday March 22 at 4.30pm. Places can be booked at www.amazingbrains.co.uk.

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