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Thinking School Core Package

Whether you are seeking accreditation as a Thinking School or not, our Thinking School Core Package is designed to support you in successfully adopting a whole school approach to the teaching of thinking and intelligent learning behaviours.

  • Our work with schools starts with time spent between a Thinking Matters adviser and the school leadership. We explore your school’s context and the purpose of your interest in adopting the change to a whole school approach to the teaching of thinking. We provide input to your plan to bring about that change, advise on selecting the right drive team to implement your strategy, how best to evaluate its effect and how the approach supports government inspection requirements.
  • Once your drive team has been selected we spend a “Drive Team Day” at your school, sharing best practice from the schools we have worked with on how to implement successful change. The Drive Team Day also introduces our approach to the teaching of thinking and learning as well as some of the practical, classroom based strategies that can be used to embed thinking and intelligent learning behaviours across the whole school. Following the Drive Team Day we continue to provide support as your Drive Team prepare to introduce the vision to the whole school staff.
  • Soon after that vision has been shared we return to the school for the first of two Development Days where we work with all of your school’s teaching staff. Depending on your schools requirements, your Drive Team decide whether that day should be based around Developing Cognitive Capacity or Developing Intelligent Behaviours. Whichever day is chosen we support you in embedding the development of Cognitive Capacity or Intelligent Behaviours across your school. Once your Drive Team are comfortable that has been achieved, we return to deliver the other Development Day with the whole school staff.
  • Throughout the process of becoming a Thinking School we continue to work with your leadership, drive team and whole school staff by providing support on implementing and sustaining the appropriate change process, evaluating its effects and providing training expertise on the thinking tools, behaviours and pedagogy that underly the Thinking Matters approach.