I am Anoara Mughal and I am the author of Think! Metacognition-powered Primary Teaching. I am an educational consultant with over 15 years’ experience in teaching and leadership across several primary schools and an all-through school. I am also a qualified headteacher. As part of my initial degree course, I studied a module of neurology and became fascinated with how the brain works. When I qualified as a teacher, my interest in the uses of cognitive neuroscience grew, which led me to write the book.
Having had extensive experience leading Year 6, History, English, curriculum, CPD, Pupil Premium and attendance and punctuality and remote learning and I have implemented metacognitive strategies across two schools. I have trained headteachers on curriculum design.
In addition to this, I have created primary curriculum from scratch and implemented in two primary schools. My experience also includes creating two school libraries and being a writing moderator in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and four years’ experience of being a parent governor at a local secondary school.
I have spoken about the curriculum at various events including The Festival for Education where I represented The Chartered College and I have also shared a platform with Mary Myatt at BrewEd Brum on this topic.
Not only am I passionate about giving children the gift of reading but I am also passionate about women leading in education and well-being. I am a regional leader @WomenEdLondon and I am also on the steering group @HealthyToolkit. I am a founding fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching and I have written an article called Metacognition: books, resources and teaching tips to help students know themselves as learners published online in January 2018.
I thrive on collaborative diagnosing, analysing and strategizing in order to continually improve schools in every area, with a focus on impact in the classroom. This is why I am currently working on long term projects implementing metacognition in the classroom. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your school and finding out how we can work together to achieve great things.
Anoara Mughal has written articles for TES online and has penned a variety of case studies and chapters for Classroom Chronicles from the Classroom by Sarah Mullin, The Emotionally Intelligent Teacher by Niomi Roberts, Test Enhanced Learning by Kristina Still due out soon.
She has also written for R.I.S.E Net Support and she is a regular writer for Headteacher Update.
You can find her on Twitter: @anoara_a