Step-by-Step Thinking Guides

The Universal Thinking Framework helps learners successfully take on tasks such as planning or decision making. Use it for developing the confidence your pupils need to become lifelong learners.

Create engaging learning pathways.
Develop independent thinking.
Enhance learning outcomes.
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With the right sort of thinking, any challenge is achievable

The Universal Thinking Framework is the outcome of years of frustration at seeing students not reaching their academic potential. It’s purpose is to help children understand how to think and learn effectively. It’s easy to adopt and provides classrooms with a clear language for learning.

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Each of the frameworks five sections starts with a question to help the user identify the most appropriate thinking action.

How do I get started?

Initiating a learning task.

How should I organise my ideas?

Connecting and relating ideas.

How do I know this?

Explaining and evidencing.

How can I communicate my understanding?

Integrating language.

What can I do with my new knowledge?

Doing something purposeful with the knowledge.

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Our growing selection of Thinking Guides means that you will always be able to provide the right type of scaffolding for your learners.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain

"We use the framework for teacher training, curriculum planning and 'on the fly' delivery during lessons. It keeps students thinking and gives teachers 'cognitive ammunition'!"

Phil Burgess, Teaching School Director, Bottisham Village College
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"‘The framework provides teachers with a tool to devise specific learning sequences."

Simon Tresidder, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
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TESTIMONIALS

What do schools think?

Over the last year, we have been collaborating with a wide range of educational providers. Their feedback has helped shape the taxonomy into what it is today.

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FAQs

Is it like SOLO or Blooms taxonomy?

Not really. There is no implied hierarchy with this taxonomy. Fundamentally, it is a learning design tool. Knowledge has to be carefully constructed before you can use it creatively. We have used up-to-date ideas about cognition and knowledge. In many classrooms, Blooms has been taken out of context and distracted staff away from the core of their subject.

How do we use it?

It helps teachers think through instructional tasks and children understand what they are being asked to do. It can be used in powerpoints, worksheets, books and planning meetings.

Is it about thinking or knowledge?

Both. This sensible approach embraces the idea that we cannot think with nothing. Knowledge is both a cause and effect of thinking. We need a new generation of expert thinkers and at the very least, this will help children to become independent, lifelong learners.

As a school, is this for us?

If you tick any of these boxes the answer is yes:
a) You want your pupils to do more of the thinking.
b) You use knowledge organisers but think you could get more out of them.
c) You are looking further ahead than just test results.

Is it for primary or secondary?

Both. If you are in the business of learning you are in the business of making thinking happen.

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Sensible pricing for every school

Our school membership offer means that your classrooms have the tools to plan, facilitate and assess classroom thinking.

What do get in your school membership?

School memberships are calculated on the size of your school

£3 per pupil per year

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