Our work with Schools

Supporting EFs in the classroom and beyond

Training teachers to support students to strengthen their executive function skills is a core part of our mission because we know that these are the skills that are critical for students to engage in learning, to develop independent study skills, to manage their own behaviour and that they underpin student mental health and wellbeing.

There are many ways in which we can work with our partners to support the development of EFs in the classroom, training staff in the mainstream classroom , training staff to deliver 1:1 and small group sessions, offering  information and support to parents. 

Implementing a Sustainable Approach

The EF coach training, workshops and Activated Learning Training can be delivered over one inset day or across inset days and shorter training sessions. We are aware that schools and staff sometimes struggle to ensure CPD training is implemented on an ongoing basis in a sustainable way so we are keen to discuss the best training arrangements for your schools.  We can also provide ongoing supervision for your staff in groups to support staff to implement Activated Learning with maximum effect.

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner of the CiMF. We work with maintained schools, charities, youth clubs, alternate provisions  and other organisations that support our aim to reach children and young people that are facing multiple disadvantages.  


We offer workshops which introduce staff to the concepts of neuroplasticity, executive functioning and how these concepts connect to the teaching and learning that takes place in the mainstream classroom and when supporting students with SEN. We also review how emotions and executive functions interact and how this impacts on learning. We provide staff with a new lens for understanding student behaviour and learning and have a chance to reflect and apply it to particular students they teach. Staff will be able to relate this lens and new concepts to a more sophisticated application of growth mindset.

Following on from these workshops we train staff in a 3 step approach called Activated Learning that enables teachers to embed executive function skills alongside the curriculum on a daily basis. This approach was developed by Canadian teacher and Psychologist Laurie Faith from the University of Toronto and it promotes self-regulated learning, metacognition and student application of executive functions skills in the classroom and when working independently. 

All of our trainers have extensive experience as teachers and working in the field of psychology and teacher training. 

For more information and to discuss the best approach for your school please contact us. 


Our five week online course EF Coaching is designed for teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists, and professionals with a minimum of 3 years experience working with children/young people.  It equips participants with the skills to implement 1:1 and small group coaching in their organisations and personal practices. 

EF Coaching is a student led approach to behaviour change. It helps students to form new habits that enhance their lives and helps them to be more independent. 

For more information please contact us. 










We can work with senior leaders to review how to implement a school wide executive function approach. For example reviewing your behavioural policy, homework policy and pastoral support through an executive function lens and working with you to develop strategies to support EF skills in these domains.

For more information and to discuss the best approach for your school please contact us. 



We work with partner organisations to deliver the Connected Minds Parenting course which equips parents with the skills to support their children to develop strong executive function skills.