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Lorna Gardiner

Session title

The Teacher as a Cognitive Coach

10.45 - 11.45am

Workshop overview

This workshop will seek to:

  • explore the concept of the teacher as cognitive coach and the key skills involved

  • apply the seven-step model for explicitly teaching metacognitive strategies as recommended by the EEF

  • unpack the use of planning or generative questions to deepen student understanding


Lorna Gardiner has more than 35 years’ experience in education as a former teacher and school leader, local authority Adviser and Head of School Improvement Service in the Education Authority in Northern Ireland, as well as having been Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has facilitated professional development programmes, INSET and conferences for teachers and school leaders on a wide range of topics, and has played a leading role in the design and delivery of a number of parenting programmes and international projects. Lorna now works as a Thinking Matters consultant and has led the development of many TM training and guidance materials and has supported schools across the UK, Norway and Malaysia to develop a whole school approach to developing student metacognition. She has a keen interest in all aspects of cognitive development, with a particular focus on the early years, Literacy and on student well-being.

Lorna Gardiner
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