Teach For Long Term Learning By Retrieving From Students’ Long Term Memory

In this course, Matt Bromley explores the third of his three steps of teaching for long-term learning: planning opportunities for pupils to engage in deliberate practice in order to retrieve prior knowledge from long-term memory.   

In order to achieve long-term learning, students must not only encode information into long-term memory but must also be able to retrieve that information at a later time and in a number of contexts.  To aid the retrieval process, teachers need to plan opportunities for pupils to engage in deliberate practice, including spaced and interleaved practice, and should encourage pupils to apply their knowledge and skills in multiple contexts, thus improving transferability and creating new memories to bolster storage strength.  Teachers then need to help their pupils to become increasingly independent as learners by teaching study skills such as self-quizzing and revision.   


As well as being useful for individual CPD for teachers, this course could form the basis of whole-school INSET.   

Your Trainer: Matt Bromley

Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school headteacher and principal, FE college vice principal, and MAT director. He also works as a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and is a primary school governor. You connect with Matt on twitter or via his website.

What You Can Expect

This course is an on demand video course that you can watch at a pace to suit you. The content is delivered in bite sized videos that will take less than an hour to watch in total. Implementing the ideas will take longer of course!

Whilst the videos are designed to be watched as a series, you might choose to come back and dip in and out of particular modules to refresh your knowledge.

At the end of the course there is a short activity to help you reflect on what you’ve learned and consider how to take it forwards. It’s absolutely up to you whether you decide to do this, but many people who do tell us that it helps them to apply what they’ve learned to their current context and think clearly about what practical next steps they can take to have a positive impact with their new knowledge, understanding and skills.

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Course Includes

  • 10 Modules
  • Course Certificate