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Cognitive Education

Our approach in school is to adopt metacognition and self regulation strategies for the pupils. This approach is led by our Drive Team consisting of Miss J. Hill, Mr G. German, Mrs M. Denham, Mrs R. Fox Mrs D. Glover, Miss E. Stevenson and Mrs C. Williamson

Alwoodley Primary School has been reaccredited as an Advanced 

Thinking School by Thinking Schools@Exeter at the University of Exeter.

The Advanced Thinking School Status has been awarded until July 2024.  


A Thinking School is, ‘an educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This will involve both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and to employing these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. Successful outcomes will be reflected in students’ development across a wide range of abilities demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction in learning. Benefits will be shown in ways in which all members of the community interact with and show consideration for each other and in the positive psychological well-being of both students and staff.’ (Burden, 2006).

We are thrilled to that Alwoodley Primary School has been asked and agreed to becoming a Hub school in the Thinking Schools Network. This means we will support visitors in understanding more about developing a whole school approach to metacognition. We have also committed to  sharing best practice and ideas with the network via a variety of mediums. This is a huge privilege for our school and shows our long standing dedication to developing cognitive education and life long learners.

We promote active thinking throughout school. In doing so we hope to help our children to become creative and independent learners.  We have a drive team who lead thinking skills across the school and this team is led by our cognitive education coordinator, Miss J Hill. 


We have many approaches to this; one of these being the use of visual tools. These include, but are not limited to:

De Bono's Thinking Hats


These are 6 colour coded hats which encourage children to apply different

thought processes to a challenge.


      Red Hat Feelings

      Yellow Hat Positive points

      Black Hat Things to be cautious of

      White Hat Facts you know and wish to know.

      Green Hat New ideas

      Blue Hat Managing the situation. 

This is linking the hats and identifying gaps.


Thinking Frames

The thinking frames program consists of eight maps that correspond with fundamental thinking processes. These frames are a “common visual language” for all pupils in all subject areas. They allow our learners to reflect on their own thinking.



“The more one reviews and rehearses information, the stronger the interconnections between material come.”

Barak Rosenshine


Statement from the Chair of Governors, 2017

Monitoring form

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.