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Victoria Playford

Session title

Metacognition in the Early Years

10.35 - 11.35am

Workshop Overview

  • Discover practical strategies to cultivate metacognition in the early learners, empowering the children with invaluable self-awareness and critical thinking skills right from the start.

  • Collaboratively plan lessons that seamlessly integrate metacognition tools into every aspect of the curriculum, ensuring engaging and effective learning experiences for your pupils.

  • Explore the Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats technique and learn how to adapt it across the seven areas of learning, leveraging our school mascots' unique characteristics to inspire creativity and problem-solving.

  • Master the art of using Thinking Frames to scaffold activities, providing essential support while encouraging independent thinking and fostering a culture of reflection and growth in your classroom.


Victoria Playford is the Headteacher at The Mulberry House School, a nursery and pre-prep school in London. Having begun her career as an Arts Specialist, creative and critical thinking have always been an important part of her practice, and since taking on the headship she has been able to develop the school’s curriculum embedding a teaching philosophy designed around metacognition, to encourage skills for life. With strong subject knowledge across all areas of the curriculum, Victoria is also an ISI Inspector regularly inspecting the regulation and compliance of schools across the country.

Victoria Playford
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