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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 seventh annual International Thinking Skills Conference will take places on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th June 2015 at Alexandra House Hotel & Conference Centre, near Swindon.  Join keynote speakers Prof. David Leat and Dr. Sara Hennessy and other leading educationists, along with school representatives from the UK and abroad, for two days to focus 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 those with greater experience looking for further development. Confererence flyer available here. Full programme coming soon.... One day attendance fee is £235 and £375 for the two days. Discounts are available for organisations in our Thinking Schools Network and for group bookings of four or more. To book call 01793 771506 or email Alternatively you can use our online booking form. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • **NEW** Visual Tools & Thinking Maps 'Train the Trainers' course - Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th May 2015 @ Heathland School, Harrow. 
    This course will explore Visual Tools for Thinking but will have a specific focus on Thinking Maps®. Attendance at this course will accredit participants to train other teachers in their school. For further details click here for flyer To book your place call 01793 771506 or email
  • **NEW** - Growing Thinking Students in Thinking Schools LumiBook - A UNIQUE and ESSENTIAL resource- produced on the award winning cloud platform (LumiBook) this multi-media resource contains everything you need to know to become a Thinking School ..indivdual licence only £40.00 or £799.00 for a school-wide licence....order resource and find out more
  • Our work has expanded beyond the UK and there is much more information to be seen, including access to free resources, at

  • 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 the following schools on recently gaining Thinking School Accreditation
    - Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury
    - St. Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Bedford
    - Ysgol Bryn Elian, Colwyn Bay
    - Notting Hill Preparatory School
    and the following schools have recently achieved ADVANCED Thinking School Accreditation
    - Wellington Primary School, Hounslow
    - Binfield Primary School, Bracknell
    - St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bridgend
  • 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 2015

15th & 16th June 2015. Join Prof. David Leat & Dr. Sara Hennessy 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.

Visual Tools Train the Trainers

Visual Tools/Thinking Maps two day 'Train the Trainers' course, 18th & 19th May 2015 at Heathland School, Harrow.  To book, contact Clare on or tel: 01793 771506


See a sample chapter from the Growing Thinking Students in Thinking Schools Lumibook