Metacognitive Mind

Advance learning outcomes with a new set of classroom tools.

We enable educators to get the best out of their pupils by developing tools that enable children to think their way through the curriculum. Our work directly addresses classroom passivity and has significant implications for raising educational outcomes.

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

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Develop metacognition with Structural Learning

Developing learner independence in your school

Download the presentation to find out how we can embed metacognitive practice across 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.

Develop metacognition with Structural Learning

Are your class really engaged in the learning process?

Are you concerned about classroom passivity? Are all your learners engaged? Are your pupils curious? Add precision to your learning walks and lesson observations with this new tool.

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How can we help?

Staff Training

We provide workshops and courses that enable teachers to adopt metacognitive practice in the classroom.
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Whole-School Change

We can support your school journey in developing independent, confident learners.
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Learning Tools

We develop and supply learning tools that enhance attainment.

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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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What does a member school get?

Become a member of our network and receive access to all the support and resources you need.

The Universal Thinking Framework
A new language of learning

Put Classroom Thinking Stage-Centre

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

Critical thinking and Literacy

Make Critical Thinking a Classroom Habit

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

Understand 'How we Learn' with Evidence-Informed CPD

Get to grips with the evidence-informed principles. These can be delivered online in collaborative Zoom style workshops.

The Universal Thinking Framework
Learning is 'Learnable'

Develop learning behaviours with the new framework

Focus on the development of lifelong learning skills that set children up for success in and beyond school. The new Learning Skills Framework reinforces the broader progress of your wonderful school community.

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.

What do the experts say about us?

Download our 2021 impact report to find out what national and regional education leaders say about us.

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"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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Intrigued? Let's organise a conversation.

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.