Do You Want To Increase Students' Confidence and Raise Your Schools Performance?

Incorporating the development of creative thinking skills across subjects, increases students’ confidence and raises the whole performance of the school itself.*

* These were the key findings of Ofsted in Learning: Creative Approaches That Raise Standards, 2010.

Developing Creative Thinking Skills

This course gives teachers practical strategies and ideas for developing creative thinking skills and metacognition in students. It enables teachers to increase creativity and develop cross-curricular links in a system with more testing. Exploration of thinking skills gives teachers key strategies in which to create space for innovating in the classroom and this is vital for delivering outstanding learning and teaching.

Tutor Support & Mentoring

When you enrol on any of our online courses you will have access to an expert in their field, get 1:1 support & advice from experienced, qualified and friendly tutors ready to answer your questions. All our courses are developed by experienced Teachers.

Study at your own pace

All course materials are available 24 hours a day via our website. All online seminars are recorded and made available to you. Access at any time, from anywhere using a computer, tablet or mobile.

Certified Courses

All our online courses are certified and have completion criteria, once you have fulfilled the course requirements we will issue you with a course certificate. All our courses meet the 2016 DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development.

Course Features
  • 4 Online seminars
  • 6 Months access to the course seminars & resources
  • Access to an expert, ask your tutor questions and get advice throughout the course
  • Meets the 2016 DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development
    • Course Contents

    • ‘Ideas are the currency of the 21st Century’ – exploring how to have ideas as a way of reconnecting every student to their creativity and creative thinking skills.
    • Learning to be information savvy in the Age of Information and using what we know from different subjects to develop problem-solving capabilities.
    • Everyone has creative thinking skills, everyone’s unique voice count – creating inclusion for all students by breaking the rules on what is the ‘best’ idea and learning to listen actively as everyone shares their solutions.
    • Feedback and collaboration are essential for problem-solving – learning how to question and synthesize different perspectives to find answers and take action.
    • Course Structure

    • Session 1. Thinking Skills for the 21st Century
      What are 21st Century skills and why do they matter? Understanding creativity, innovation and resilience. The importance of ideas for inventing and problem-solving.
    • Session 2. Finding and using reliable information to support Thinking Skills
      In a world of information overflow, equipping pupils with the skills to find and use reliable, accurate and valid information from multiple sources. Understanding and applying different criteria to make judgements on usefulness. How to use good information to support creative problem-solving.
    • Session 3. Developing creativity in problem-solving
      Understanding the process of creative problem-solving: Learning to value all unique perspectives – every voice counts, overcoming self-limiting rules/beliefs that limit finding answers. From stating the obvious to blue-sky thinking. Using mind-maps/flow charts to support thinking and record information.
    • Session 4. Managing the creative thinking process & The value of sharing ideas
      Understanding failure in the context of inventing and problem-solving. Developing strategies for adapting to the unexpected. Exploring the conflict in collaborating. Asking questions and changing perspective. Creating a safe space for sharing ideas. Exploring feedback versus criticism. Being able to express ideas using story-telling, presentation skills and using different tools such as animated/cartoon software to share the idea.
    • * Added Bonus *
      Complete Primary Resource Pack - Includes Primary Literacy Lesson Plan Pack
      Total Value £250

    Any Questions?
    Please call 0844 277 9569
    or email us

    2016 DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development

    Professional development should have a clear focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes

    We have clearly outlined course outcomes and goals and evaluate participants’ prior knowledge in order to ensure progression. Course tasks are designed to help participants evaluate impact on themselves, their school and the pupils.

    Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise

    Course content is developed in line with current thinking and is thoroughly researched by our expert tutors. Course tasks are designed not only to fit in around participants day to day teaching, but also to link teacher practice to pupil experiences and outcomes. Task feedback and support is given to reinforce impact evaluation of teachers practice and the wider implication for pupils and the school. All our courses are independently evaluated to ensure intended outcomes and quality.

    Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

    Our eLearning environment and the content of the seminars and tasks is structured to encourage participants collaboration, tutor support and to challenge existing methods in order to develop more informed practice and better pupil outcomes.

    Professional development programmes should be sustained over time

    The online delivery and course models we use in our training ensures content and the learning experience is delivered over a period of time. Support and Mentoring is available throughout the duration of the course and course materials and seminars are available for an extended period after the course finishes.

    Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership

    The course outcomes outlined in our Individual Learner Plans help participants plan and collaborate with leaders in order to develop on-going professional development strategies and plans. Our tasks and course feedback provides evidence to show school leaders and to provide forward planning for participants professional development and practices.

    Accessing the Course

    Access to the course materials and eLearning area is for a 6 month period, tutor support for 1 term. There are 4 online seminars each lasting approximately one hour. Although we encourage candidates to attend the seminars live, they are recorded and uploaded for all candidates. If candidates are unable to attend the seminar they can watch the recording and ask any questions via email. This format enables candidates to access the training at a time of their choosing. The tasks are planned to fit in with teachers’ work requirements. There is a forum area allowing participants to share information and ask questions. To access the eLearning site and online seminars you require a computer with internet access and speakers / headphones, or a smartphone or tablet with the relevant apps installed.


    Access on a computer, tablet or mobile device

    Course Tutor

    You will be working with our Creative Leadership specialist Elaine France. Elaine is currently a teacher librarian in an International School in Switzerland and a Creative Leadership Coach, following 20 years working in the UK public and civil society sector. She brings this experience and expertise in information management, business development, entrepreneurship and teaching to the course.

    This course has been a very valuable experience that will greatly benefit the pupils I teach.

    Developing Thinking Skills Candidate Feb 2016

    I have been on an amazing journey and I need to share this with colleagues in staff development meetings so that all pupils can benefit.

    Developing Thinking Skills Candidate December 2015

    Course Fee

    • 1 Candidate

    • £249.99
    • Delivered over 1 term
    • 4 Online Seminars
    • Personalised Tutor Support, Mentoring and Advice
    • Courses Developed by Teachers for Teachers
    • 6 Months - 24/7 Access to Course Materials and Seminars
    • Key Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4
    • Teaching Materials
    • References and Resources
    • * Added Bonus * - Resources Pack
      Complete Primary Resource Pack
      Includes Primary Literacy Lesson Plan Pack
      Total Value £250
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    Any Questions?
    Please call 0844 277 9569
    or email us