How to Teach Effective Critical Thinking Skills to Support Pupils’ Learning and Growth

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Webinar Runtime: 53 Minutes

This webinar will provide headteachers, school leaders, teachers and practitioners with advice and practical tips on developing pupils’ critical thinking skills to inform decision-making and problem-solving during both their school career and adult life.

Critical thinking is a crucial part of children’s development. The ability for pupils to think beyond the boundaries of what has been memorised and evaluate their own thought process with reasoned judgements is widely accepted as one of the most important skills teachers can help children to learn. Critical thinking can be applied at any age, in any subject and through any aspect of life.

In this webinar, Stephen Burnage, a school leadership specialist and expert practitioner with over 25 years’ teaching experience, explores why schools should focus on developing critical thinking skills, strategies for effective classroom practice and how teachers can implement learning across the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the key components of critical thinking, how it fits with children’s learning and why it’s considered so important.

  • Recognising the factors that enable critical thinking and a better quality of outcome, and where critical thinking fits amongst other modes of thought.

  • Identifying the general principles for teaching critical thinking skills and applying best practice techniques in curriculum planning and delivery.

  • Understanding effective strategies for teaching critical thinking skills which can be adapted for any subject and for any age of learner.

  • Recognising scaffolding techniques which can help to support children’s ability to think critically and common pitfalls to avoid which can hinder progress.

Stephen Burnage

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Stephen Burnage

Expert practitioner, consultant and trainer with 25+ years' experience teaching and leading schools.
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