For a variety of reasons, this term has seen an increase in interest from organisations in the UK seeking to have their own internal trainers accredited.
Our team have therefore been across the country with the likes of the
Aquila Diocese of Canterbury Multi Academies Trust where we have been
working with a focused group of primary heads who, in turn will now lead
the training in all the schools within their own MAT. This approach
will have saved the MAT a significant amount of money from getting each
school trained individually, as well as enabling a centralised platform
from which to deliver their thinking vision.
We have also partnered with Leventhorpe School in Hertfordshire who,
having seen such a difference in their own pupils since starting their
journey to becoming a Thinking School, have now got their own team of
excellent trainers who will work with their feeder primary schools.
With Wales introducing a forward thinking, new curriculum in 2020 we
are working with schools across the country, such as the inspirational
Danescourt Primary, to help them prepare for this significant change. It
is very refreshing to see the increased emphasis on ‘future proofing’
pupils by developing them holistically as both thinkers and learners. An increased emphasis on thinking is also coming into the new Norwegian
curriculum and we are delighted to be working with a team of trainers
based in Oslo who will shortly be able to provide support to schools
throughout Norway. These countries are part of an international
recognition of the importance of developing a range of skills, attitudes
and dispositions, in addition to academic attainment.
We are adding the final touches to our annual Thinking School Conference and are
delighted to have three keynote speakers this year Professor
Howard-Jones, University of Bristol, Professor Rose Luckin, UCL and
author Alistair McConville as well as sixteen workshops led by teachers.
We will have delegates from Norway, Thailand, China, Nigeria, Egypt and
Jordan as well as from UK schools. This is our eleventh conference and
the only one in the UK where so many people from Thinking Schools come together both
in the UK and abroad. This is their opportunity to share good practice and to hear
how cutting-edge developments in fields such as Neuroscience and
Artificial Intelligence can inform best practice in their classrooms.
Together with our partners at Nisai Learning, we are currently trialling an
on-line Induction programme for teachers moving to Thinking Schools.
This programme will be available to all schools next term. In addition
our Membership programme will be available to schools this summer and
will provide resources dedicated to embedding thinking and learning within
the curriculum, relevant research articles as well as discounts with organisations we recognise as providing
quality services that will be of use to Thinking Schools.
Finally we are delighted that the latest evaluation undertaken by the
University of Exeter has been published. Three years of data has been
examined and the results demonstrate
The significant impact on Progress and Attainment in schools taking a whole-school approach to the teaching of thinking.
The remarkable achievement of disadvantaged students within Thinking Schools