Applying Cognitive Load Theory in the Classroom

Applying Cognitive Load Theory in the Classroom

Date(s) - 23/02/2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 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 session 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.

Suitable for all School Leaders, Teachers, ECTs and SENCOs.

The workshop will run via Zoom with opportunities for practical activities and breakout discussions.

What past participants have said:

Thought provoking. The content will help us consider curriculum and lesson design more carefully to ensure that learning can be maximised.

Lots of practical examples… will help me think carefully about how to de-fuss my resources to reduce extraneous cognitive load. Will be sharing with colleagues.

Great session – really well explained and particularly in relation to application in the classroom.

Pithy and to the point – thank you. Has given me a clearer steer on how to support staff and help pupils focus better on key learning.

Faye Heming

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

Faye has over twenty-five years’ experience in education in a variety of roles including teacher, subject leader, SENCO, headteacher, governor and external consultant for primary schools nationwide. 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 Teacher Training Partnership, teachers, teaching assistants, and middle and senior leaders. All of her courses are based on educational research and practice. Faye regularly provides training and support for the Cornwall Association of Primary Headteachers, Somerset Association of Primary Headteachers, Steel River Academy Trust and North Cotswold Headteachers’ Partnership. She is a lead facilitator of the Early Career Framework for the Balcarras and Odyssey Teaching School Hubs.

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