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Thinking School

A Thinking School is ‘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 students’ development 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)

 For more information visit the University of Exeter website:click here Thinking Schools
 Thinking Schools International website also has a range of videos and articles on the benefits of being a thinking school. Click here; Thinking Matters

At Hillcross, we ensure that the Thinking Schools ethos is at the heart of everything we do. Our curriculum has been designed and adapted to ensure all children develop independence in Creative, Critical, Caring and Collaborative skills.