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Thinking Schools International

Our History

Thinking Matters dates back to 2004 when its CEO, Richard Cummins, (then CEO of Kestrel Education) started working with Professor Bob Burden at the Cognitive Education Development Unit at the University of Exeter.


Influenced by the pioneering work of Gill Hubble of St Cuthbert’s College, New Zealand, Richard and Bob developed a novel, whole school approach to the teaching of thinking.

Prof Bob Burden - Thinking Skills Conference
Professor Bob Burden addresses the International Thinking Skills Conference 2013

In 2011 Kestrel Education formed a partnership with US based Design’s for Thinking to create Thinking Schools International (TSI). TSI further refined the Kestrel approach and began working with schools to support them on their journeys to become accredited “Thinking Schools”, through Exeter University. By 2015 the Thinking Schools network had grown into the hundreds.

In April 2018 with new investment to back its ambition of becoming the world’s leading advisor on the teaching of thinking, Thinking Matters was born.