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Have you ever used De Bono’s Thinking Hats in a meeting? Well here are plenty of reasons why you should start using them from today! Trust wide, our students know and use Thinking Hats every day in their lessons. The Thinking Hats help our pupils think clearly and thoroughly in one direction at a time – white hat for facts, green hat for creativity, yellow hat for the benefits, black hat for the cautions/challenges, red hat for feelings, and the blue hat for process. It’s a simple mental metaphor. DISCOVER MORE: How metacognition helps at work

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All staff across our Trust know about Thinking Tools, and not everyone understands or uses them… here are few reasons that should change. Learning doesn’t stop after school. The term ‘every day is a school day’ exists for a reason and no matter our age it’s important to understand our own learning style, and how we retain information for future use. Whether that’s with critical thinking or metacognitive skills; both are vital areas of the Thinking Tools used across our Trust. Click on the below to discover the how and why these two…

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Metacognitive skills help individuals process and retain information through self-recognition and reflection. By researching the types of metacognitive skills and how to improve your own, you can start trying to learn and retain information in a more effective way. What are metacognitive skills? Metacognitive skills allow you to organize and evaluate your thought process related to learning and problem-solving. Another way to define metacognitive skills is your self-awareness regarding the information you do and don’t know and how you work to recall or retain knowledge regarding a particular subject. Metacognitive skills typically…

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Critical thinking is about analysing the information you have to get the best answer to a question or problem. Drawing on your own experience, reasoning, observation and communication with others, you can make informed decisions that give positive solutions. Critical thinking at work helps you: Improve decision-making, evaluate an argument’s validity and its potential impact Form your own opinions on a topic, develop your personal ethics and confidence Engage on a deeper level with your team to form stronger working relationships Evaluate your own work to determine ways to improve quality Develop better comprehension skills, both in conversation and reading These skills…

Kayley Walsh teaches at Rochester Grammar School, she is also the TTL hub lead for Kent. “I have worked at Rochester Grammar School since 2012, where I have worked in the Sixth Form Team for seven years, working closely with Year 13 as their Head of Year.  In addition, I have been the Thinking Lead for the last four years. In this time, I have gained an NPQML and a Masters in Education. Through working as a TTL hub lead, I am looking…

Kev Burns is Assistant Principal at The Portsmouth Academy and TTL hub lead for Portsmouth. “I have experience at many levels of school life. I began my career at TPA working as a member of the support team, as a TA and cover supervisor, before completing my teacher training and was employed as a humanities teacher with responsibility for History and Geography. I also have experience teaching R.E. and I.T. I was involved in a range of extra-curricular activities including the football team…

Charlotte Venter is Assistant Headteacher and Wider Curriculum Lead at All Faiths Children Academy and is TTL hub lead for Strood. “During my five years working as Assistant Head at All Faiths Children’s Academy, I have had the opportunity to coach and mentor teachers within the school and other Trust schools. I am passionate about using a coaching approach in leadership to drive continuous improvement, reflection and autonomy in the profession. I have been teaching nineteen years and before my time at All Faiths, I…

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The Portsmouth Academy have been awarded the ‘Good Diabetes Care in School’ award by Diabetes UK. The award from the charity, Diabetes UK, commends the excellent work being done by the Academy alongside parents and healthcare professionals to ensure young people with diabetes receive an equal school experience to their peers. By receiving this award, the Academy has demonstrated that good diabetes care in schools is achievable and stands as an example for all schools. Supporting children and young people to manage their…

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Trust children stand proud as they celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Isolation during these times has limited so many of coming together to recognise and celebrate VE Day 2020.  Therefore, it is wonderful to hear that children attending TSAT schools have taken part in their own social distancing celebrations. The children have emerged themselves with support from staff and the trust’s catering company, Chartwells, to provide children with a mouth-watering buffet, very much in keeping with the street parties that many would…

We are committed to keeping our staff safe and supporting them whilst at work; whether in school or at home, so we have been working with the Trade Unions to ensure you are fully represented at this time. Please take a look at our joint letter signed by all parties involved who have committed to action points ensure your safety and wellbeing. TSAT Joint Union statement 20/04/2020