Specialist support for your ambitious and highly able students that helps everyone engage in learning 

How many providers do you know that offer genuinely effective skill development programmes for ambitious and/or most able students?  More importantly, how many would you recommend?

Finding an external scheme that actually makes the impact you want and offers good value for money can be surprisingly difficult.

Perhaps the secret is to learn from others and look at workshops hosted year after year by schools in your region or by some of the top performing schools in the UK.

Thinkers in Education deliver a range of these – enriching the curriculum, identifying the strengths of each participant and developing a skill set that will be advantageous in education and the workplace. There is a strong focus on higher order thinking, team building and communication – all assessed and given as immediate feedback to the students and performance reports for the school.

It is a proven formula that can positively change attitudes to learning and improve performance levels.  Moreover, the reports generated can help support your assessment and provide additional evidence for Ofsted Inspections.

But, one of the biggest benefits is that a single day workshop can inspire your staff to trial new techniques and strategies in their own lessons – with all pupils.

Workshops are available during term time – enabling schools to run highly effective transition days, activity weeks and challenge days – or at weekends and during holidays.

In fact, weekend and holiday workshops are actually two of the easiest ways to introduce the range. They offer the school a chance to host leading STEM workshops at very little cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads.  Plus, they have been recommended by every host school since 2001.

To try this approach, you simply choose the date(s) you can host the workshop and provide the venue.  We send you the literature to distribute to parents so they can book a place.

If, after 21 days, you have 25 or more pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the workshop on the date of your choice.   If not, there is no commitment and we release the date.

Parents pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost and use Pupil Premium funding if appropriate.  Parents can book and pay online, so there is no extra work for the school.

To request an information pack you can email:  info@thinkersineducation.co.uk

Alternatively, to view details of the Spectacular Saturday Workshops click here and to find out about the Holiday Schools click here.  You can request a brochure online.

If you would like to discuss options with an advisor, please call 01603 520866.

Summer Schools 2018 – Last Places Available

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2018:

The International Relations Summer School will introduce the central theories involved in the academic study of IR – realism, liberalism, constructivism and Marxism – and will then look at a range of detailed case studies in order to apply, test and explore these theories. Topics covered will include military intervention, international law, development aid, feminism and foreign policy, regional sessions looking at China and the Middle East, and the European response to the migration crisis.

The Law Summer School, in three distinct five-day Parts to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal & Family Law, Civil Law or International and Human Rights Law. Each course builds towards a Mock Trial in which students play the role of barristers, build their case from the evidence, question witnesses and make speeches to the jury.

The English Literature Summer School, also in three 5-day blocks to allow time for a more in-depth look at various literary critical perspectives from feminism to psychoanalysis. Students can come to Part 1 for literature up to 1790, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, to Part 2 for literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, or to the particularly exciting Part 3 which covers contemporary poetry, prose and drama.

The Philosophy and Critical & Cultural Theory Summer Schools will look at some of the biggest questions in metaphysics, ethics and political theory, giving an opportunity to engage with the work of some fascinating thinkers, and also to develop students’ own skills of reasoning and argumentation.

For students interested in the Social Sciences or Humanities, we also have Summer Schools in Economics, Politics and History, while Arts enthusiasts should take a look at the Classical Civilisations Summer School.

For aspiring scientists and mathematicians we also have the Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and Medicine Summer Schools.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2018. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at https://debatechamber.com/summerschools/

To book a place on any course please visit our website, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Remaining places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.