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There are three specific strands of inquiry that make up the Lifelong Literacy body of knowledge:

  • neuroscience and education
  • diet and education
  • theories of learning

Of course, books and courses in some of these strands overlap, but section by section, we hope to set out an ever-growing reading list for those wishing to look further into any of the above subjects.


My first experience with the concept of brain architecture and learning came with my job at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes in Sydney in the late 1990’s. The Lindamoods and Nanci Bell joined forces to become one of the leading voices in the campaign to change the way we thought about how brains learn.

Their world-class, clear-sighted programmes of learning brought literacy success to many hundreds of thousand, if not millions of children and adults worldwide.

Their programmes are now being validated by recent advances in neuro-imaging. Basically, they were absolutely right in pinpointing the areas of the brain that needed stimulation in the presence of literacy and language weakness. You can read more about their research here.

First I learned to teach pupils with low phonemic awareness how to feel sounds, using the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program.