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What is a Thinking School?

It is hard to define a Thinking School in one short, concise sentence. The late Professor Bob Burden, who was arguably the first educator to coin the phrase 'a Thinking School' back in 2006, defined a thinking school as:

‘an educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This will involve both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and to employing these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. Successful outcomes will be reflected in student’s across a wide range of abilities demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction in learning. Benefits will be shown in ways in which all members of the community interact with and show consideration for each other and in the positive psychological well-being of both students and staff.’ (Burden, 2006)

Professor Burden provided another, longer definition of a Thinking School, which can be seen here.

Richard Cummins, CEO of Thinking Matters, describes a Thinking School in the following video -