Applying cognitive load theory in the classroom

Applying cognitive load theory in the classroom

Date(s) - 01/03/2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


£40 per person

Cognitive load theory helps to explain what our limits are as we learn. If teachers use this information, it should help learners to be more successful.

Professor Dylan Wiliam describes cognitive load theory as “… the single most important thing for teachers to know”. During this course we will explore what cognitive science tells us about cognitive load theory and how we can use this information to help pupils deepen their understanding and retain information.

By the end of this session, you will understand the three types of cognitive load – intrinsic, extraneous, germane – and how to apply this information when creating resources, planning and delivering lessons.

This course is suitable for NQTs, teachers and teaching assistants as well as SENCOs in the primary phase.

The course will run via Zoom with opportunities for practical activities and breakout discussions. Course handouts and resources will be sent prior to the session.

About the facilitator | Faye Heming

Faye Heming @SchSupportSol is an experienced education consultant in the primary sector, supporting schools, partnerships, and trusts across the country in school improvement, curriculum development, headteacher performance management and staff training.

Faye has over twenty-five years’ experience in education in a variety of roles including teacher, subject leader, SENCO, headteacher and external consultant for independent and maintained primary schools in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Redcar and Cleveland. She is a professional affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Faye is passionate about training and has written and delivered training courses for primary ITT students training through the Cotswold Teaching School Hub, NQTs, teaching assistants, and middle and senior leaders. Her courses are based on educational research and practice, and she has recently delivered many programmes remotely, including bespoke sessions for governors. Faye regularly provides training and support for the Cornwall Association of Primary Headteachers, Ealing Learning Partnership, Steel River Academy Trust and North Cotswold Headteachers’ Partnership.

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