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Fear Is The Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work for your pupils

Fear Is The Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work for your pupils

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An eight-year evaluation with the University of Cambridge revealed that Learning Skills led to significant gains in subject learning, with rapid gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this practical guide for teachers and school leaders, James and Kate reveal a recipe for success rooted in three key concepts: metacognition (reflecting on learning); self-regulation (taking ownership over the learning process); and oracy (developing high-quality speaking and listening skills).

This is a book about what happened when a small team of teachers seized an opportunity to provide their students with the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to take control of their own learning. This journey began with a question: how and what would we teach, if there was no one watching? On the other side of fear is the teacher you want to be, and the children you'd like to teach…

“I don’t know of any other book that provides such clear guidance on how to harness the common elements of learning across the curriculum. Highly recommended.”   
     -Dylan William


About the authors

James worked as a Science teacher for 12 years, and spent 8 years in school leadership roles. He has an MA in person-centred education from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Learning to Learn from the University of Cambridge. He is a Programmes Leader at the UCL Institute of Education, an Associate of Oracy Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. 

Kate is a teacher with over 15 years' experience in leadership, management and training. She is a passionate advocate for inclusive, high-quality education for all. Kate specialises in innovative curriculum design and building sustainable networks which enhance learning, develop employability and enable effective collaborations across local, national and international communities.