The Learning Skills curriculum: Raising the bar, closing the gap at GCSE


In 2010, James Mannion, Kate McAllister and their colleagues at ‘Sea View’ set out to re-conceptualise Learning to Learn as a complex intervention, comprised of multiple research-informed practices. This resulted in the Learning Skills curriculum, a whole-school approach to teaching and learning rooted in metacognition, self-regulation and oracy. An 8-year pilot study found that Learning Skills led to significant gains in academic attainment, with accelerated gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this talk, James and Kate will outline the thinking behind the programme and provide practical advice for schools seeking to replicate these findings.

Across two days, over 250 sessions will take place at the Festival. A full timetable of sessions will be available from late May 2019. Until this point we will only be announcing the day(s) sessions will be taking place.