Enhance your learners' ability to understand new ideas and write effectively.

Children need to understand how to think effectively to thrive at school and beyond. Critical thinking and clear communication are the cornerstones of capable writers. Language and cognition walk hand in hand.

This program, and the ideas behind it, will move your classrooms in a direction that embrace the very essence of how we think and learn.

Paul Main


How do we even start to address the developmental impact of Covid-19? This new approach to learning is rooted in cognitive science and might provide your school with some sensible direction. As you begin to unpick your immediate learning challenges, I encourage you to think about how the concepts on this site could support the priority groups in your school. Adopting the framework and brick building toolkits could prove a step in the right direction.

Can we get better at learning?

Yes, learning is learnable! The ideas and tools on this site will help your school system develop effective, lifelong learners. Our core solutions will help develop some of the crucial attributes associated with healthy, productive thinkers.

Critical Thinking

Get your learners asking more questions and taking on new perspectives.


Develop confident, creative writers who can convey meaning and understand writing conventions.


Show your pupils how to organise information for better understanding and retrieval.

How do we make sure our learners are really thinking?

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How do we improve Comprehension and Writing?

The Universal Thinking Framework

Better Thinking

Design inclusive learning activities that really stretch your pupils. The Universal Thinking Framework provides a language for learning helping pupils to become fluent with curriculum content.

Critical thinking and Literacy

Writer's Block

This pedagogy enhances the cognition and communication needed to become a confident writer. The popular brick-building methodology has been shown to improve literacy outcomes in pupils of all ages.

Cognition first

Professional Learning for Staff

Our observational tools help teaching staff make expert judgements about their learners. We support schools by devising research projects and facilitating professional learning activities.

Who are we working with?

Anglian Gateway

The Anglian Gateway TSA is a network of cross-phase schools providing outstanding CPD.

The letta Trust

Bygrove Primary School provides outstanding teacher training in Tower Hamlets.

St Mary's School

St Mary's is a high performing independent school in the city of Cambridge.

"Engagement levels and marks in the longer written responses have both improved."

Heather Garland, Biology, St John Plessington

"‘An amazingly effective and flexible process being grasped by schools for its genius and simplicity’."

Monmouthshire Primary School

"Results clearly show a higher percentage of childrens progress being recorded as 'Better Than Expected'."

Rob Francksen, Head Teacher, Crawford's CEVC Primary School

WHAT do teachers think?

Over the last few months we have begun working with several Multi Academy Trusts including:

- Anglian Gateway
- St Luke Academies Trust
- The LETTA Trust

Read our latest blog post on the implications this approach has for the Ofsted framework.

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Initial Conversation

We have an initial conversation to find out about your school and your needs. We both ask each other lots of questions! Book Now.


Design Thinking

In an online workshop, we dig deep into the learning needs of your classrooms. We creatively develop an implementation plan.



Your staff are given on-going opportunities to develop their professional practice and collaborate in teams.



Teachers are supported to measure the impact the various strategies are having on learning outcomes.

Next steps for Schools, Trusts and Alliances

Implementation and strategy

Arrange a time to talk

If you're curious about this approach and want to find out a little more before you make any decisions then click on the button below or send us an email: paul@structural-learning.com