Metacognition (INSET) Training – Schools

This INSET staff training aims to help you inform your teaching and leadership staff about the developments in Metacognition research, and how teachers can use practical strategies to get pupils’ thinking metacognitively to help improve task performance.

Why metacognition?

Research analysis of strategies that impact positively on teaching and learning has been undertaken by the Education Endowment Foundation, and they show that metacognition and self-regulation has a high impact on a very low cost for schools. Click here to read our evidence bank and resources.

Delivered by one of our accredited trainers, the training is inspired by the works of psychologists and researchers, but we explore how their ideas and notions can be applied within classrooms, providing schools with a reasoning why metacognition is important, how it can be used and sustained with a whole-school approach, and offering additional support focusing on reading, writing, or subject specific areas through follow-up (optional) support.

Depending on your priorities, our metacognition training offers ten modules. The first four are core modules to help delegates get a firm understanding of metacognition theories, exploring their own practice, and starting to think about implementation in their own classroom. The ten modules available are:

  1. (Core) Metacognition theories and understanding.
  2. (Core) Metacognition – Challenging one’s own thinking and biases.
  3. (Core) What metacognition looks like in the classroom.
  4. (Core) How to implement metacognition in the classroom.
  5. (Opt) Metacognition and Independent Learning.
  6. (Opt) Using metacognition for Reading and Writing in all subjects.
  7. (Opt) Metacognition for Leadership and Management.
  8. (Opt) Metacognition for Professional Development.
  9. (Opt) Metacognition in Business.
  10. (Opt) Researching metacognition in your practice.

By the end of training, participants will have:

  • A clear definition and understanding of the basic levels of metacognition;
  • Guidance on how this can be implemented into the classroom (primary, secondary, or FE);
  • At least 30 practical classroom ideas on encouraging students using metacognition in the classroom;
  • Guidance on how educators can use metacognition in planning and teaching;
  • How metacognition can support development in reading (opt module);
  • How metacognition can support development in writing (opt module) ;
  • How metacognition can be used across all subjects in KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5 setting;
  • Inspiration on how others have developed these concepts into their classroom;
  • A resource (printable) to help staff reflect and develop their practice, in relation to the concepts explored, and reference for further exploration (online training).

To enquire further about this course, (which can also be condensed to an after-school INSET meeting for leaders, staff and governors into a 2-hour session), please request further details and a booking form below.

This is purely an enquiry form, and does not compel any booking. All bookings are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Scope of INSET interest

EdTech LunchHealth & Well-beingMetacognitionSocial MediaTeaching ResilienceBlogging for schoolsCodingCyber & Online SafetyDesign Thinking

School Type

PrimarySecondaryMiddleFurther EducationOther