Metacognition in the classroom

This is a Wave 1 intervention to support Quality First Teaching. However, the same programme can be focused around an individual child with more significant needs as part of a programme of SEND Support.


Area of development: Cognition & Learning

Age/phase: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3

Cost: £250 per programme (pay as you go) or 1/2 day equivalent from your contracted time

Start dates: any day in the weeks commencing 18th May, 1st June, 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June

This is a 3 session programme


Following this intervention you will be more confident in using strategies to improve the effective learning of all pupils, and in particular those children who are struggling to progress.


Facilitating metacognitive learning has been found to be particularly useful for promoting independence in learning.

Children who were involved in metacognitive interventions made an additional 9 months progress (Sutton trust 2013)

This is a 3-session programme based around developing confidence in metacognitive classroom practice. Metacognition is based around the child/young person being aware of their own thinking and is often described as ‘thinking about thinking’ or ‘knowing about knowing’. It involves making learning explicit and focuses on how tasks are accomplished (the process of learning) as well as the content.

This programme builds upon Quality First Teaching and offers a universal level of support to the class teacher or teaching assistant.

Programme includes:

Session 1:

a)     20 – 30 minutes: whole class observation of the pupils’ responses to teaching content, their peers and tasks set

b)     20 – 30 minutes (teacher released): Assistant psychologist works with the teacher/teaching assistant to complete an audit of knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to metacognition and identifies hoped-for outcomes from the intervention

Session 2:

40 – 60 minutes: Detailed classroom observation, focusing on priority areas as identified by the teacher

Session 3:

20 – 30 minutes (teacher released): Strengths-based discussion and sharing of resources

Following the intervention a short report is provided and resources left for the teacher/teaching assistant to use.

If you would like to discuss this programme with a member of the team, please contact Heather Minshull, Senior Educational Psychologist: [email protected]