Free training package in critical thinking for citizenship teachers Manchester/London(citizenship teachers)

Provider: Geographical Association
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Description The Geographical Association with Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) is offering professional development in critical thinking and problem solving, through the new British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. This ‘Teaching the core skills’ training package gives primary and secondary teachers of citizenship the knowledge and approaches they need to effectively integrate the teaching of core skills in their classrooms. The training is FREE and available to practising teachers in maintained schools and academies across England and British Forces schools abroad.
Duration Two day event

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Sciences, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Health and care, Humanities, Teaching staff, Cross-curricular Themes, Wider Context, Out of school, Earth Science / Geology, PSHE
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Critical thinking and problem solving have been identified as key skills which support pupils’ learning, raise attainment and strengthen their development as informed and thoughtful future citizens. They add value to the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level courses including by developing critical enquiry and analysis skills, and understanding contemporary issues.

This training is part of the British Council’s new worldwide Connecting Classroomsprogramme. It will be led by experts from the GA and ACT and will enable you to:

  • develop strategies for critical thinking and problem solving
  • develop and apply practice with a network of like-minded teachers
  • enhance your curriculum to help prepare your pupils for 21st Century learning, citizenship and employment
  • use your learning to strengthen international links at your school.
Evidence underpinning this approach

All GA resources and approaches have been tried and tested by teachers of geography and course evaluations consistently receive very positive feedback.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The course presenters provide strategies for short and longer term evaluation of success and in addition the GA’s Quality Mark framework encourages teachers to critically assess the teaching and learning of geography, identify areas of strength, and set future development goals to further capture the potential of all students studying geography.

Follow-up activities and support

The GA provides a wealth of supporting web resources, publications, journals, online CPD and a Quality Mark framework and process for supporting self evaluation.


The training will consist of two face-to-face day workshops, focused on developing new teaching and learning approaches to critical thinking, applying this in participants’ classrooms primarily through geography or history, and then sharing practice within the group and the wider subject community.

Also on offer are school-based versions of this programme, led by your teachers, following additional support including training in critical thinking and leading CPD. Contact [email protected] for more details.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.