Cognitive load theory


Cognitive load theory is one of the key theories underpinning Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework (EIF) which replaces the Common Inspection Framework in September 2019. This five-page handout explains what cognitive load theory is and how it relates to vocational teaching and learning. It contains:

  • Principles of cognitive load theory
  • Practical strategies for putting theory into practice
  • Questions for vocational practitioners to reflect on their practice
  • Terminology and references.