Metacognitive Mind

We move classroom thinking forward.

We enable educators to get the best out of their pupils by developing tools that enable children to think for themselves. Our work directly addresses classroom passivity, accessibility and literacy.

Becoming an effective learner requires a child to understand how to organise their thinking [metacognition] and how to work through new ideas [critical thinking].

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Amplify classroom thinking in your school

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What's your classroom priority?

Deficient classroom thinking plays a central role in these problems

Learner Passivity

A general apathy seems to prevail with specific cohorts of children. They're not curious and avoid any intellectual challenge.

Critical Thinking
Lack of independence

Learners have difficulty getting started, creating plans and being reflective. You feel that you are constantly 'spoon feeding'.

Gaps in Attainment

Comprehension difficulties make accessing subject matter difficult. Problems arise when trying to use and explain new knowledge.


How can we work together?

Paul Main
Paul Main, Creator

This new approach to learning, rooted in cognitive science, will enable your pupils to engage with the curriculum and express themselves more effectively. I encourage you to think about how the concepts on this site could support the priority groups in your school. Adopting the framework and the block building toolkits could be a step in the right direction.

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The Universal Thinking Framework
A new language of learning

Planning for Thinking

Design inclusive learning activities that really stretch your pupils. The Universal Thinking Framework will give your classrooms a clear language of learning.

Critical thinking and Literacy

Scaffolding Learning

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

Learning blocks in the classroom
Metacognitive conversations about learning
Staff Professional Development

Supporting Cognition

We support schools by facilitating professional learning activities that are based on your priorities. These can be delivered online in collaborative Zoom style workshops.

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

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

Rob Francksen, Head Teacher, Crawford's CEVC Primary School
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What do teachers think?

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

- Anglian Gateway
- 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 open conversation to find out about your school and your needs. We undertake an initial needs analysis Book Now.


Unpick learner needs

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.

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If you're curious about this concept and want to find out a little more before you make any decisions then let's arrange a conversation.