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N. Betts, Assistant Head, Sandbach High School

Support your pupils to embrace metacognitive strategies to improve literacy outcomes.

  • How can we get pupils to optimise the way they think to improve reading, writing and communication outcomes?
  • How can we get pupils to think about what they are reading and to infer meaning?
  • What does the research literature say about the links between Metacognition and Literacy?
  • How are all three components of literacy linked and what does this mean?

This course is designed to help teachers to think differently about literacy. Embracing metacognitive research evidence, we will look at how we can enhance reading, writing and communication outcomes. This course will untangle some universal principals of literacy and help staff to facilitate effective strategies in the classroom.

As a starting point, we will break literacy into its three component parts of: Communication, reading and writing. We will then look at practical strategies that help enhance these attributes:

– Developing critical thinkers who can comprehend new ideas and make inferences.

– Utilising language frameworks to help children express their understanding. – Organising ideas into effective plans for writing.

We have a range of INSET on Metacognition for teachers of different subjects and Teaching Assistants, to view these courses please click here

Inset Outline

Overview of what we mean by literacy and what this looks like in the classroom.

  • How are language and knowledge acquisition linked?
  • In recent years, what does the research say about successful literacy programs?
  • Why do words matter for learning and how can we integrate them into our lessons successfully?

What metacognitive strategies are available to us to improve communication skills?

  • What does the research say about communication?
  • Oracy techniques – What techniques are available to improve speaking skills in the classroom?
  • How does talk change thinking and vice versa?

What metacognitive strategies are available to us to improve reading comprehension?

Strategies will be based upon research evidence that have proven benefits:

  • Visualising thinking – How does this help children understand ‘the big picture’?
  • Reasoning – How can encourage children to work through concepts and ideas methodically?
  • Digital tools – How can we embrace simple tools to promote comprehension at home and in school?

What metacognitive strategies are available to us to improve writing?

  • How can get children to not only think about ‘what’ they are writing but ‘how’ they are writing?
  • How can we develop writing structure and how can we show children what this looks like?
  • How can we reduce the burden on working memory when writing?
  • Why are patterns so important and how we can help children find them?

Metacognitive strategies are an integral part of literacy and this INSET will give you a new layer of understanding along with many practical applications.


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