Metacognition Training, INSET and CPD

Plenty of research attests to the benefits of metacognition and self-regulation on learner achievement. But what do effective metacognition and self-regulation actually look like in the classroom and across a school?

When delivering metacognition training, INSET or CPD, Mike always begins by unpacking the terms and providing teachers and support staff with total clarity on what they mean. This builds a solid foundation for the training, allowing Mike to then take colleagues on a journey through a wide range of practical strategies, activities and techniques they can use to embed metacognitive thinking and self-regulation in their lessons.

For Mike, there are two key types of metacognition teachers need to be aware of: metacognition outside of the event and metacognition during the event. The former refers to metacognition before a task begins and reflection after a task has finished. The latter refers to how students think critically about what they are doing, while they are doing it. Both approaches help learners to better understand the process of learning and to speed up their progress.


As with any training focussing on an important aspect of teaching and learning, Mike’s metacognition training, INSET and CPD is highly interactive, giving colleagues plenty of opportunities to think critically about the topic, reflect on their own practice and try out the practical strategies, activities and techniques Mike introduces.

It is the marriage of theory and practice that characterises Mike’s metacognition training. Colleagues leave sessions understanding the why and the how, making it easier for them to sustain new habits over time.

Mike’s metacognition training covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Research and Guidance on Effective Metacognition
  • Metacognitive Questioning
  • Metacognitive Feedback
  • Metacognitive Discussion
  • The Characteristics of Metacognitive Learners
  • Visualisation and Verbalisation of Thinking
  • The Relationship between Process Focus and Performance Focus
  • Learner Strategies and Strategy Selection
  • Accessing the Teacher’s Expertise
  • Teaching from Mistakes and Misconceptions

Whether you’re looking for full day INSET, half-day training or a twilight CPD session, Mike is happy to develop metacognition training to meet the needs of your school or college. Get in touch today and Mike will get back to you by email or phone to discuss your needs.

Example Full Day Metacognition INSET

  • Session 1: Metacognition: Turning Research and Theory into Effective Classroom Practice
  • Session 2: Putting Thinking at the Centre of Learning
  • Session 3: Metacognitive Questioning, Feedback and Discussion: Practical Approaches
  • Session 4: Staff work in subject or year group teams to develop and implement ideas from the morning. Mike circulates and works with all teams at least once.
  • Session 5: Plenary session in which staff share their work, before Mike brings the day to a close.

Book an INSET or CPD Training Day for Your Teaching Staff

For more information on Mike’s Metacognition INSET, training and CPD then please get in touch.

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