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Kestrel, in partnership with the University of Exeter,

is the only UK organisation offering a whole-school approach to the teaching of thinking.

Read Exeter University’s study into the impact of a whole-school approach here.


A Whole-School Approach to the Teaching of Thinking

Kestrel is a founding partner of
Thinking Schools International

  • Our work has expanded beyond the UK and there is much more information to be seen, including access to free resources, at
  • In memory of Professor Bob BurdenWe are sorry to share the sad news that Professor Bob Burden, who played a significant part in the development of Kestrel, recently passed away after a long illness.  
  • **NEW** Write from the Beginning course - Reading - 7th May 2014 ...focusing on narrative, personal recount and imaginative forms of writing. Course delegate fee is £200. Delegates will also need to purchase accompanying Setting the Stage (£65) and Narrative (£59) manuals.Schools/delegates must have received prior Thinking Maps training. See flyer for full info 
    To book your place: Email or tel: 01793 771506
  • **NEW** Our sixth annual International Thinking Skills Conference - Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th June 2014 @ Alexandra House, Wroughton near Swindon
    Join Professor Steve Higgins, of Durham University and Mike Gibbons, senior adviser at Ormiston Academies and former Lead Director of The Innovation Unit, along with dozens of school representatives from the UK and abroad for two days focusing on the latest developments in cognitive education.The conference will offer a wide range of workshops and presentations appropriate for both early adopters of thinking skills and for those with greater experience looking for further development.. Conference flyer and further information
    To book: Call +44(0)1793 771506, email or fill out the online booking form
  • Summer School - a week long course focusing on  a Whole-School Approach to the Teaching of Thinking. Aimed at Strategic Planners, Senior Leaders and Classroom Teachers, and particularly useful for overseas organisations wanting to develop a deeper understanding of growing thinking schools.
  • In November 2013, 53 Primary PGCE students from the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education, University of Wales, spent a day visiting four Thinking Schools in Cardiff & Newport. The purpose of their visit was to allow students to see first hand the variety of approaches and materials that can be used to develop childrens' thinking skills. Read full article
  • 'Primary Teachers Update' article - Patrick Affley, headteacher at Christ the King Catholic Primary School Cardiff, explains why his school chose to become a Thinking School and what this label means. Read article
  • *Thinking School Accreditation* Congratulations to Castle Hill Infant School, Basingstoke and Mynydd Cynffig Infants' School, Bridgend on recently gaining Thinking School Accreditation
  • For further information on Kestrel Consultancy and Training click here.
  • To join (at no cost) the Network of Schools Working towards becoming a Thinking School click here.
International Thinking Skills Conference 2014

16th & 17th June 2014. Join Prof. Steve Higgins, Mike Gibson and dozens of school representatives from the UK and abroad. Around 30 workshops to choose from. Bookings are now being taken for this event. View flyer.
Book online.