Review of evidence on teaching metacognition and self-regulation: Call for proposals

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is commissioning a systematic review of the evidence about developing metacognition and self-regulation skills in 3-16 year olds. We are seeking proposals from research teams able to complete this review by September 2017. The review will be used to inform the creation of guidance reports on improving pupils’ metacognition and self-regulation.

Review focus and methods

The review will synthesize the best available international evidence regarding the effectiveness of teaching metacognition and self-regulation strategies.

The review will focus on two types of research evidence:

  1. Evidence about the role of metacognition and self-regulation in learning; and
  2. Evidence about the impact of developing pupils’ metacognitive and self-regulatory skills on attainment and other learning outcomes.

With advice from an Advisory Panel, the EEF will use the evidence review to draft a series of recommendations for practice. The evidence reviewer will be expected to interpret the review findings to help generate practical recommendations, and provide ongoing support during the writing process.


The deadline for proposals is Monday 24th April 2017. We are looking to appoint a team the following week, and would expect them to attend a meeting with the Advisory Panel on 11 May 2017 to scope the review in more detail. We would expect drafts and frameworks to be shared throughout the review, and that the work would be delivered by early September 2017, ahead of a presentation to the EEF and the Panel in mid-September. We would then expect the authors to remain involved until the end of the year, while the EEF leads on producing a teacher-facing guidance report.

Appointment process

If you would like to be considered to undertake the review, please send a brief outline describing your proposed approach. Please include an overview of your relevant skills and experience, and an estimated budget. Proposals should be no more than 1,500 words, as we expect you to work with the Panel to specify the scope of the review in more detail.

We recognise that different aspects of this review may require different expertise, so are open to joint applications from multiple teams. We are open to applications from teams based outside of the UK.

Please review the full call for proposals attached, and if you have any questions, please contact:

Eleanor Stringer: or Jonathan Sharples

Please send your proposal to: 5pm Monday 24th April 2017

  1. Updated: 21st March, 2017


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