Free training package in critical thinking

The Geographical Association with SSAT is offering professional development in critical thinking and problem solving, through the new British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. This ‘Teaching the core skills’ training package gives primary and secondary teachers of geography or history the knowledge and approaches they need to effectively integrate the teaching of core skills in their classrooms.

The training is for fully qualified teachers working in UK maintained schools, Academies and free schools only. Independent schools are not eligible.

School based networks can request delivery of this training in a location of their choice and can choose from a two day delivery or three half day/twilight delivery. Please email if you think your network/group of schools are interested in this option, and download this flyer (PDF) for further information.

This training will include:

  • supported pre-course reflection
  • day one face-to-face training focused on developing critical thinking, considering evidence and non-routine problems
  • application in participants’ classrooms
  • day two training focused on sharing participants’ practice and working with deep structures
  • further on-line support/collaboration, and opportunities to share practice with colleagues internationally.


Day 1: Tuesday 17 October 2017
Day 2: Tuesday 23 January 2018

Day 1: Thursday 19 October 2017
Day 2: Thursday 25 January 2018

Day 1: Tuesday 14 November 2017
Day 2: Tuesday 6 February 2018

Day 1: Thursday 16 November 2017
Day 2: Thursday 8 February 2018

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Why take part?

Critical thinking and problem solving have been identified as key skills which support pupils’ learning, raise attainment and strengthen their development as informed and thoughtful future citizens. They add value to the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level courses including by developing critical enquiry and analysis skills, and understanding contemporary issues.

This training is part of the British Council’s new worldwide Connecting Classrooms programme. It will be led by experts from the GA and SSAT and will enable you to:

  • develop strategies for critical thinking and problem solving
  • develop and apply practice with a network of like-minded teachers
  • enhance your curriculum to help prepare your pupils for 21st Century learning, citizenship and employment
  • use your learning to strengthen international links at your school.

The training will consist of two face-to-face day workshops, focused on developing new teaching and learning approaches to critical thinking, applying this in participants’ classrooms primarily through geography or history, and then sharing practice within the group and the wider subject community.

On completing the training, you may also engage in follow-up opportunities to develop and share your expertise:

  • some participants will already have, or wish to gain, expertise in the professional development of other teachers. The programme will support, with further training and additional funding, a number of teachers willing to lead CPD in critical thinking in their own schools or a network with other schools
  • all teachers completing CPD will be eligible to apply for British Council funding to share practice with colleagues overseas through a school visit.

Contact for more details.

Find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme via the British Council website.

Find out more about Critical Thinking on the GA website.

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chola micheal Guest

We wish that this can be extended other countriescountries


Jessica Davies Guest

Any chance of supply teachers being allowed to attend? as I would love to keep my knowledge up to date.


Julie Beattie (GA Admin) Guest

As long as you are on long term supply ( covering at least a term in one place) and can give us the details of the school you are working in then you can register for this training.


claire sowray Guest

is this course suitable and most importantly beneficial for KS1 teachers?

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