Accreditation as a Thinking School
Some schools choose to engage in a developmental process of accreditation that ultimately leads to recognition as a “Thinking School.” This accreditation can be gained from the international accrediting body, the Thinking Foundation, and, for educational bodies in the UK, University accreditation is gained from the University of Exeter’s Cognitive Education Development Unit.
The following video looks at ‘Becoming a Thinking School’
By engaging the entire school community in a process of self-study, becoming accredited as a Thinking School provides a meaningful opportunity for continuous learning and creates an enduring culture of reflective practice. Over 80 schools have elected to participate in a voluntary accreditation process in order to reflect on, deepen, and sustain their development as a Thinking School. These schools have chosen to use the accreditation process as an opportunity to demonstrate and affirm their commitment to the principles of becoming a Thinking School.
Currently there are 90 schools that have been recognised as accredited Thinking Schools. An advanced level criteria has also been developed for accredited schools who continue their journey of continuous improvement and investigations. As at September 2014, there are fifteen schools in the UK that are ‘Advanced Thinking Schools’. To see a list of accredited thinking schools, click here.