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Memory Champion


Many congratultaions to Year 6 Emma who is officially the best young learner in the UK! On Sunday 12th June Emma became the new national Junior Memory Champion, winning a very hotly-contested final at London Zoo and amazing the audience with her learning skills.

Emma was one of 18 finalists who had congregated in London from all over the UK. These were the top performers in a series of memory tests taken by thousands of children online. Since September they had been all been following a specially-written training programme, preparing to take part in The Junior Memory Championship - organised by The Learning Skills Foundation.

At London Zoo the very best children were put through their paces by the championship's Founder, former World Memory Champion Jonathan Hancock. This year's challenges included a memory test about the London Underground, as well as numbers, words, and a collection of names and faces. 

The competition was fierce and unusually tight, but in the end Emma's strong all-round performance gave her the top score. On the way to the title she managed to memorize 28 random numbers, 44 words in precise order, and she achieved a perfect 40 out of 40 on the names and faces tests - each feat after just 5 minutes of study.  

Second place was taken by a pupil from The Mead School who remembered 34 digits in sequence and 28 random words and third place went to a student from Alleyn's School who impressed the audience by winning the numbers challenge with a score of 35 digits.
Jonathan Hancock said: "This year's results in the Final were the best ever. The children had clearly been trained well by their teachers and were able to use some very powerful memory techniques. It's wonderful to hear about the positive impact the training has had on their school work. If they keep using these memory strategies, they're destined to achieve impressive results in their learning - and in all the other challenges they take on". 

Since its launch in 2008, the Junior Memory Championship has introduced memory techniques to tens of thousands of children across the UK.

Caroline Shott, CEO of The Learning Skills Foundation said: "We are delighted that the Junior Memory Championship goes from strength to strength. This is a wonderful project, bringing powerful memory techniques to the front line of learning.  The JMC has become a fixture on the calendar for many teachers around the country as they see the very real benefits of memory skills. Our finalists represent some of the brightest young minds in the UK - all taking their learning to the next level by using Jonathan's memory training techniques. Emma has done brilliantly to win and I'm sure she has a very bright future!"