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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

Course description:

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

Further 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, 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. 

Live stream courses

Live-streamed course. Watch at home, at school or on the go.
22 March 2021
Online, interactive access.
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    Courses at venues

    17 September 2020
    Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park, MANCHESTER, M28 2QT
      06 October 2020
      Beamish Hall Hotel , Beamish, DURHAM/NEWCASTLE, DH9 0YB
        10 November 2020
        TT Education (Training Suite), The Yellow House, A1, Knowledge Gateway, COLCHESTER, CO4 3ZL
          01 December 2020
          Lancaster Gate Hotel, 66 Lancaster Gate, LONDON, W2 3NA
            01 February 2021
            Birmingham Marriott Hotel , 12 Hagley Road, BIRMINGHAM, B16 8SJ
              12 February 2021
              Beamish Hall Hotel , Beamish, DURHAM/NEWCASTLE, DH9 0YB
                18 May 2021
                The Met Hotel, King Street , LEEDS, LS1 2HQ
                  25 June 2021
                  Birmingham Marriott Hotel , 12 Hagley Road, BIRMINGHAM, B16 8SJ
                    08 July 2021
                    Lancaster Gate Hotel, 66 Lancaster Gate, LONDON, W2 3NA

                      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.

                      Like to run this INSET DAY in your school?

                      Send us an enquiry and we will get in touch to talk about your school's requirements.

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