Cognitive Development in Practice: Creating Thinking Schools

How do your children solve problems? Do they know how they solve problems? This course will help you develop ‘thinking learners’, giving ownership of that learning process back to the children, to improve outcomes from Early Years through to Year 6.

  • Develop pupils' questioning skills
  • Move beyond peer assessment
  • Coach pupils to success
  • Explore what thinking and reasoning mean
Explore course dates and locations
1 day

About this course

As teachers, we are often exposed to a variety of educational theories and pedagogical thinking. However, it’s not always easy to find ways to bring new ideas into the classroom in a cohesive, long-term, impactful way.

Cognitive Development in Practice is an inspiring one-day CPD course, providing real-world, practical ideas to help support schools in developing their ‘thinking learners’. It will help you to give ownership of the learning process back to the children, to improve outcomes from Early Years through to Year 6. The course content is based on contemporary research, best practice from a range of schools across the UK and the outcomes of our own Innovation Projects.

We aim to unpick what makes teaching and learning great – to enable you to focus on excellence and how to achieve it.

The training will:

  • Enable you to lead your ‘thinking school’ to excellence
  • Focus on developing pupils’ questioning, in whole class situations and in pupil-to-pupil questioning
  • Consider the development of pupils as critical friends, moving beyond peer assessment
  • Look at what reasoning and thinking mean, and how to develop reasoning and thinking skills from Early Years to Year 6
  • Help teachers to coach pupils to: plan their learning more effectively; monitor the learning, identifying key steps to keep on track; and evaluate their learning, recognising how they could have tackled the problem differently
  • Give practical suggestions for what this could look like in your classroom
  • Provide you with a monitoring framework, which focuses on the learning and not the teaching as a way to assess the quality of the provision in classrooms


EYFS, Key stage 1, Key Stage 2

  • Class Teachers
  • Subject Leaders
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Headteachers

Venue information

At TT Education we aim to provide you with the outstanding training experience you deserve, from the fantastic resources you receive to the beautiful venues we hold our training in. For this reason we choose only the best venues, with lunch and refreshments included.

Please note that the exact venues used in each town or city are subject to change. We will send a Welcome Email approximately 7 days before the date of the course, confirming the venue. 

13 November 2019
The Met Hotel, King Street , LEEDS, LS1 2HQ
    Course full
    20 November 2019
    Best Western Mornington Hotel, 12 Lancaster Gate, LONDON, W2 3LG
      Course full
      27 November 2019
      Beamish Hall Hotel , Beamish, DURHAM/NEWCASTLE, DH9 0YB
        Course full
        28 November 2019
        Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, MANCHESTER, M3 4JQ
          12 February 2020
          Lancaster Gate Hotel, 66 Lancaster Gate, LONDON, W2 3NA
            13 February 2020
            Beamish Hall Hotel , Beamish, DURHAM/NEWCASTLE, DH9 0YB
              14 February 2020
              Birmingham Marriott Hotel , 12 Hagley Road, BIRMINGHAM, B16 8SJ
                MILTON KEYNES
                03 April 2020
                Mercure Milton Keynes, The Approach, MILTON KEYNES , MK8 8LY
                  19 May 2020
                  The Met Hotel, King Street , LEEDS, LS1 2HQ

                    This course as an INSET Day

                    Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

                    Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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