This much I know about…teaching students meta-cognition & self-regulation skills for the examination hall


I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about teaching students meta-cognition & self-regulation skills for the examination hall.


Interventions to help students learn can be done for next to nothing. The now ubiquitous Sutton Trust-Education Endowment Foundation Learning Toolkit rates Meta-cognition & self-regulation as a cheap and highly effective strategy to improve students’ learning.

How do students learn how to train their brain to operate effectively during the 90 minutes of an AS level examination? Like many people, my students’ AS mock examination results were pretty disappointing. I know they know their economics theory, but under examination conditions they do not seem to have a sharp enough grasp of how to respond effectively to score as many marks as possible. Command words are ignored; diagrams are left unlabelled; answers are expressed carelessly. On the evidence within their…

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