Thinking Schools Celebrate World Thinking Day
Pupils and staff at schools across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust have taken part in a variety of activities to mark World Thinking Day.
World Thinking Day, celebrated every year in February, was an opportunity for schools throughout the high-performing Trust, to celebrate its unique ethos based on “Thinking about Thinking”, which underpins Thinking Schools’ pioneering approach to education.
Every school held special activities and themed lessons as part of the celebrations for World Thinking Day. These included competitions, quizzes, debates, their own version of the TV game shows “the Cube” and “Who dares wins” and lessons based around themes such as “Community” and “Thinking Globally and locally”.
In all its schools, Thinking Schools’ seeks to harness cognitive education and metacognition to create highly effective thinking and learning communities. Throughout the activities organised to celebrate World Thinking Day, pupils were encouraged to use the thinking tools and strategies they learn and use day to day at school and to think about what it means to be a “thinking school”.
Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a family of 17 schools across the South East, with hubs in Kent, Medway and Portsmouth. The Trust’s cognitive approach to education has helped to drive improvement across all its schools. This success of this approach was demonstrated earlier this month, when the Trust was ranked by the Government as the highest performing academy Trust in the South East for GCSE results.
Schools within the Trust work towards achieving Thinking School Accreditation from the University of Exeter. 10 of the 17 schools within the Trust are currently accredited as Thinking Schools, with three of these having achieved Advanced Thinking School accreditation.
Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:
“Our ethos of “thinking about thinking” and cognitive approach to education is central to achieving our aim of improving the life chances of all our children and young people. All our schools seek to nurture successful children, who are confident, can think and act independently and become the masters of their own destiny.
“World Thinking Day was a great opportunity for all our pupils, staff and the wider school communities to celebrate what makes us unique as a Trust and what it means to be a Thinking School. There were a huge amount of exciting activities taking place and it was wonderful to see all our schools and pupils getting involved.”