a new thinking toolkit for the classroom

Structural Learning is a Cross-Curricular cognitive strategy that helps pupils
organise their ideas and think critically. Find out how this new concept
enhances thinking, reading and writing.

Why is cognition important in the classroom?

Problem: Everyday in our classrooms, learners are bombarded with information. This information does not always fit neatly together into well-organised mental packages ready for recall. Memory and cognition do not work like this, thinking is hard work and sometimes we need an extra bit of help to understand the key ideas.

Solution: Structural Learning is the Mental Scaffolding your students need to build lasting, conceptual knowledge. It's cross-curricular, cross-phase and works out of the box.

How could your learners use it?

Download the Powerpoint

This powerpoint will help you explain the concept and the professional development opportunities to your colleagues. Engage your staff in a fascinating research journey where the process of learning is put under the microscope.

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Deeper Comprehension

Develop the 'Expert-Like' thinking and talking that leads to deeper comprehension.

Critical Thinking Across The Curriculum

Scientific Categorising Exercises

Scientific Categorising Exercises

Timelines in History.

Causal Relationships in Geography

Ranking Activities in RE

Purposeful Writing

Enhance your learner's ability to use language and communicate their ideas.

Explore Writing Applications

Word Formation in Morphology

Split Digraphs in phonics

Sentence structure in Grammar

Planning ideas for extended writing

Two options for moving forward

Implementation and strategy

1) Arrange an exploratory call*

To get the most out of this new concept, we would recommend a quick phone call where we can find out about your school priorities.

We can provide some ideas on what a professional learning strategy might look like.


we just need some more classroom kits!

2) invest in the classroom kits

Using specially designed building bricks, this new approach helps students to think more effectively. We have a variety of different packages on offer, please visit our shop for procurement options.

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

Heather Garland, Biology, St John Plessington

"We use the bricks regularly in English to support the teaching and learning of phonics. The children find it easy to put the bricks together and build words."

Lucy De Friend, EYFS, Kimbolton Prep

"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 year we have been implementing Structural Learning in Schools around the world.

The early results are very positive and we have learnt a lot about where this new tool adds the most value.

Teachers love the flexibility and the engagement they get from their students.

Paul Main
From the Creator

"As always, I love hearing from school leaders and teachers"

On the 1st March 2014 I suffered a brain haemorrhage. This event was to change the direction I wanted my life to take. The immediate consequences were quite severe and after a spell in hospital it was time to return home. Cognitions I had taken for granted like problem solving and planning had been vastly affected. This tool started life as a rehabilitation aid, I quickly saw the potential for broader scaffolding processes.

This project puts the process of learning under the microscope and gives teachers the tools they need to embrace educational evidence. Our students will need to fulfill their potential in an increasingly complex world.