At Falcons School for Girls, we are excited to have started our journey towards gaining Thinking School accreditation from the University of Exeter.
What is a Thinking School? An educational community in which all members share a common commitment to learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively. Through the use of Thinking Tools, pupils across a wide range of abilities are able to demonstrate independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction in learning. Encouraging children to be ambitious with their learning and fostering their natural curiosity, positivity and resilience are all met through the Thinking School approach.
Our pupils are supported to think for themselves and feel safe to explore knowledge and understanding through the development of purposeful thinking tools that they can use to aid and monitor their own progress. The high self-esteem that comes from having solved an issue by themselves helps build on the close links between emotional wellbeing and academic achievement.
At Falcons School for Girls we believe in the importance of leading by example. Thus, within the Thinking School community, staff are encouraged to think accurately and reflectively about their practice and understand a range of thinking tools that can be used to support pupil motivation and progress.