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Arrowsmith Program® at Marsden

Marsden has been successfully running an Arrowsmith class since 2014. Many students have benefited tremendously from the opportunity to participate in this life changing, cognitive training programme.

Created by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young this programme helps children overcome a wide range of learning difficulties. Using principles of neuroplasticity, the programme employs techniques that strengthen pathways in the brain rather than focusing on traditional coping skills. All students gain benefits from the programme, but especially those with learning differences like dyslexia and auditory processing difficulties. We also have students that do not have a formal diagnosis of a learning difficulty but may be struggling academically. This programme has been transformative for them also.


We currently employ two specialist teachers who trained in Canada to work very closely with our students and their families. Since starting the Arrowsmith Program in 2014 the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.


The standard Program runs for 4 periods a day for each child. We are occasionally able to offer some part-time places (1 - 3 periods a day) in our Marsden Program. (We also offer 8.00am 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.


At this stage we are only taking enrolments for girls. To be on the program your child must be simultaneously enrolled at Marsden.


If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Lizzie Coyle at


The founder Barbara Arrowsmith-Young has also delivered a TEDx talk and has written a fascinating book called 'The Woman Who Changed Her Brain'. For more information on founder Barbara Arrowsmith and the Arrowsmith Program, visit the Arrowsmith website.

Arrowsmith Teacher

Elizabeth Coyle
Arrowsmith Teacher
(04) 476 8707