Metacognition is sometimes described as "learning to learn" or "thinking how to think". What this means in practice is systematically teaching pupils at Talbot to become self-aware learners,

Metacognitive learners automatically use a process of analysis, planning, new actions and review in a continuous cycle as they work. This maximses their efficiency and increases their outcomes. 


Metacognition will be taught through:

  • a focus on process over outcomes
  • high quality modelling of the learning process
  • the effective use of strategies and resources  


We believe Metacognition is the third piece of the learning triangle - along with Growth Mindsets and Talk Matters - that will underpin our approach as a school. Staff have begun their professional development on metacognitive teaching and are experimenting with some of the techniques already. It will be introduced fully in September 2019.