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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 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.


For full details to gain University Accreditation as a Thinking School with the University of Exeter -  see here

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.  There are twenty  schools in the UK that are ‘Advanced Thinking Schools’.  To see a list of accredited thinking schools, click here.