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Thinking School Consultancy and CPD Training

We provide consultancy services through a team of former Head and Deputy Heads whose own schools have taken the Thinking Schools journey. Our consultants work with school leaders, taking time to understand their school’s individual situations and offering advice on how to embed and measure the impact of a cognitive approach to teaching within their organisations.

We complement our consultancy with teacher training. The training we offer varies depending on the needs of the schools we work with. It ranges from a Thinking Schools programme designed for schools completely new to the Thinking Schools approach (five or six full INSET days, over three years, backed by ongoing consultant support), to individual twilight sessions designed for existing Thinking Schools that focus on specific aspects of cognitive education - our Deep Dive CPD Days. 

We base our training around our proprietary model. We call it “The Big Picture”. It echoes The University of Exeter’s requirements of becoming an accredited Thinking School and is shaped by seminal scientific research in the field of cognitive education as to what impacts student outcomes.

We have distilled the most important elements of this research and, with input from practitioners in the Thinking Schools Network, have created training that enables this research to be put into practice by teachers in the classroom. Crucially our consultants work with schools in how to apply The Big Picture in a WHOLE SCHOOL context so that it is understood and is used by all members of the school community across all subjects and by all student cohorts.

Find out more about how Thinking Matters can help you become a Thinking School.

Thinking School Process