8: How pupils learn – making it stick

Time commitment

  • 1 hour of self-study materials
  • 3 x 1-hour mentor sessions
  • 2.5 hours x training sessions

Why this, why now?

By now you will hopefully be able to think about what you want pupils to learn beyond just the next lesson or topic of work. As a teacher you need to be able to keep in mind your long-term, mid-term and short-term learning objectives which link to your school curriculum. If you want pupils to make progress in your subject or phase, they will need to build new learning onto previously taught material. Their knowledge will accumulate over time, becoming more and more rich as it grows.

In Block 2 you learnt about working memory, long-term memory and how to avoid cognitive overload when introducing new material. This Block builds on the knowledge you have developed in this area to focus on how you can help make learning stick over time. As you are becoming more confident with your curriculum and teaching techniques, this Block will help you spot opportunities for incorporating practice and review of previously learnt material into your teaching repertoire.

Your workload

There will always be times when you have to re-teach something which you taught previously, but aiming to minimise these occasions by supporting pupils to remember previously taught material will help reduce your workload. By incorporating some of the techniques you will explore in this Block into your teaching and planning you will reduce the likelihood of pupils forgetting important information, freeing up learning time in lessons to focus on new material. By making the techniques explicit, you also help pupils to identify and develop effective study techniques so they can be more independent at revision time.

Activities in this Block